Does your IT department provide loaner equipment? If so, it’s important that you manage it effectively so you can keep everyone productive and make the best use of your company’s IT resources.
Lax management of loaner equipment can lead to security problems, as well as to purchasing unnecessary replacement equipment.
Depending on what your company…
Software asset management, or SAM, is critical to any business that uses software, i.e., yours. If you get caught with a mismatch between the number of licenses and the number of software instances running, one of two things will happen:
1. If you have more licenses than necessary, you’ll feel like a putz for spending…
When your company leases equipment, “disposing” of it is simple because you just return it. But the IT equipment your company owns is eventually going to break, wear out, or be replaced, and you need a plan in place to dispose of it legally, securely, and in a way that causes the least harm to…
In many organizations, the names on the upper levels of the org chart think of IT asset management as something that’s “nice to have,” but not necessary. They may reason that the company has gone this long without IT asset management and done pretty well.
It’s not always easy to convince executives of the level…
IT asset management is necessary for any organization where you can’t see all your hardware from one spot. You may think a spreadsheet can keep up with all the hardware and software for your 10-person start-up, but spreadsheets have a way of languishing untouched, and as your company grows, they’re increasingly harder to keep up to…
The accessibility of games to pretty much anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone has meant a growing gaming culture. Many of these games are played in an enterprise environment, which is not the typical place for games to belong in. Since we know a lot about what games are most popularly downloaded on smartphones, I decided to delve a bit into what games people download on to their computers – at work.
Almost 39% of PCs in the world still run Windows XP. In April 2014, Microsoft will stop providing the updates necessary for Windows XP to continue to function safely. After that, organizations still clinging to XP will only be able to keep their fingers crossed and risk a serious technical crisis. Microsoft is offering upgrade promotions…
Look around you. If you can see the entirety of your company’s IT assets simply by doing a 360-degree turn in your chair, then you may not need an IT asset management program.
If not, IT asset management can help you out tremendously. If you don’t accurately monitor and track hardware, licenses, and other IT…
Good IT service management helps an organization save money, make the best use of IT assets, and know when it’s time to swap out old hardware for new (or migrate processes to the cloud). Knowing when to swap out capital is part of what it means to run an effective IT shop. Today’s servers last…
IT sprawl, also known as “server sprawl,” is a situation in which multiple, underutilized IT assets take up increasing space and consume more IT resources than they justify based on workload. The circumstance is a bit like someone opening a new carton of milk when there’s still some left in the old carton: eventually you…
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