Thanks to TV and movies, most of us can tell the difference between ghosts and zombies.
But can you tell the difference between “ghost” and “zombie” IT assets? And more importantly, do you know why they’re so scary?
Ghost assets refer to devices that you have in your inventory but don’t use. We’ve written about this topic before, and since then, have come across the term “zombie assets.” The distinction here is that zombie assets are those that are sitting in your building, but aren’t on your books.
Two different terms, but it’s important not to think of them as two different things.
Rather, think of mobile device management as a type of ITAM, the same way astronomy or geology are types of science.
And mobile device management is itself already party of a larger practice known as enterprise mobility management (EMM), which deals with the securing, monitoring, integrating and managing the smartphones, tablets and laptops used by a business, whether they’re employee-owned or provided by the company.
What does the IT equipment financing market look like these days? That was one of the things the Equipment Leasing Finance Association set out to learn in its annual Survey of Equipment Finance Activity in late 2015.
The ELFA is a trade group that represents companies in the trillion-dollar equipment finance sector. Each year, they track how spending changes in various sectors, such as agriculture, medical and IT.
One of the things this year’ survey found: IT and related tech financing accounts for one of the largest pieces of new business volume: a little over 19 percent, second only to transportation, which accounted for 28 percent of new business volume.