Here are five tips you can follow, courtesy of Network World, to manage your IT assets successfully:
- Someone needs to be responsible
Every section of your company is affected by IT asset management (ITAM), so the person in charge of your program should be someone who’s adept at working with a diverse group of people, and has the backing of your leadership.
- Keep track of your assets
Make sure you’ve planned out what IT assets you need, track where they are, and then retire them when you don’t need them or they’ve become outdated. Sometimes using outmoded devices can cost you more than purchasing new ones.
- Centralize your information
The Network World piece calls this the “one source of truth,” a single, shared asset information warehouse to keep track of all your assets through their lifecycle.
- Be sure you can get reports and embrace automation
When setting up a tool for your ITAM program, be sure it’s one that can collect the metrics you need to calculate the performance of your processes. And rather than doing things manually, use automated discovery tools to crawl your network to keep track of assets.
- IT Asset management goes beyond the physical
Remember that virtual and cloud-based resources are part of your assets as well. They follow the same sort of lifecycle as your physical assets – plan, procure, deploy, manage and retire – and should be treated the same way.
If you’re wondering what to do when your company is ready to retire its devices, contact CWI.
CWI helps businesses and government organizations get the best possible value for retired, outdated or unwanted IT assets by selling through a network of well-established channels.
We can guide you through the final stage of the important process of managing your IT assets.