Software asset management is theoretically how organizations keep software spending within budget. With software accounting for around 30% of IT spending, keeping software purchases under control is an important goal. Unfortunately, “vanity purchasing” – the IT equivalent of retail therapy – is a problem for many organizations
Today’s workplace is app-centric and more mobile than ever. At the same time, there are more industry and governmental regulations than ever. Technology isn’t the entire solution for remaining in compliance with regulations, but it’s a major part of the solution.
Workplace innovation is happening much faster than a decade ago. After all, if your competitor uses mobile devices that improve productivity, why aren’t you? Whether or not employees have any clue what goes on in the IT department, most of them have a personal array of sophisticated consumer technology. Someone who has an iPad app for entertaining their cat has a valid point when he wonders why he can’t submit travel expenses using an app while he’s on layover in Dallas rather than devoting a morning to filling out forms once he’s back in the office.
IT asset management enables your organization to make optimal use of the cloud. For one thing, understanding your current hardware and software assets helps you determine whether moving certain applications to the cloud makes good business sense. It’s only with accurate IT asset information that companies can determine the return on investment needed to make shifting apps to the cloud worthwhile. And for the apps that are already running in the cloud, IT asset management ensures you keep everything legal, don’t waste money on app licenses nobody’s using, and prevent app conflicts in a BYOD environment.
The Internet of Things is already encroaching on the workplace, with things like warehouse robots, automated public transportation sensors, and even greenhouse management. What’s going on today has barely scratched the surface of what’s possible. The benefits are expected to far outweigh costs and challenges in terms of increased operational efficiency and lower costs.
The IT service catalog can be a terrific way to deliver IT products while tracking costs and getting products into your organization’s IT asset management system. The increasing use of cloud applications doesn’t change everything about the IT service catalog, but it does require adaptation. Today’s end-users are used to visiting app stores and downloading software with a couple of clicks, and they think the IT service catalog should offer a similar interface.
Getting rid of retired computer equipment requires planning. On the one hand, you want to be “green” and keep potentially hazardous materials out of landfills. On the other, you have to dispose of computer equipment so none of your organization’s data is compromised.
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In a BYOD work environment, end-users access their network profiles and other secure data using their own devices. These devices range from phones to tablets to laptops, and by instituting BYOD, you enable greater flexibility, but you also have to have a policy that will minimize the risk of security problems. If your BYOD policy…
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.
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