Ah, springtime—the birds are chirping, the snow is (finally) melting, and all around there’s a profound change in the air as we usher in a brand new season.
This is the ideal time to take a look around your business and account for all of the hardware assets your company has been stockpiling. Your desktop computers, mobile devices, servers and switches all need to be inventoried and assessed so that you have a clear picture of what’s valuable and, conversely, what can easily be offloaded to make room for new equipment that can enhance your productivity.
As Research Analyst David Foxen of ITAM recently pointed out, hardware asset management is typically a multistep process that can be broken down into nine different stages ranging from the initial hardware request and procurement to retirement and disposal.
“Just like software, hardware needs to be managed correctly to ensure the organization is making the most out of the asset,” he explains. “Processes need to be in place to manage the asset from the point of request to the moment the asset is retired.”
The reality, however, is that your IT department is too busy to keep track of the hundreds or thousands of network devices operating across your enterprise. What you need is a fully automated system that can handle the entire endpoint management process and, then, simply alert your team when action needs to be taken with specific devices.
Novell’s ZENworks Asset Management is one solution that can do this for you. ZENworks Asset Management will automatically scan your network for hardware and software, and report information on it related to overall costs, security, software licensing and the audit process. ZENworks can essentially streamline the entire nine-step process, thus saving your IT department valuable time. Click here to check out the ZENworks ROI calculator and find out exactly how this tool can help you save money in your organization.
Additionally, while you’re clearing out your old hardware from across the enterprise, take your software into consideration. ZENworks Configuration Management from Novell is another endpoint management solution that you can use to expedite and maintain the configuration process for your IT department.
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