Top 10 tips for Windows asset management

You know that instituting asset management for Windows is a good idea. But how do you get started? Allan Andersen, division vice president for Computer Associates in Islandia, N.Y., offered some considerations:

  1. People tend to try to throw a lot of technology at the asset-management problem. But it's not a technical problem. Asset management is a business-process problem.
  2. A discovery tool is great, but it will go only so far. You have to put it into a process and start managing the assets you have, or you're not going to do a lot of good.
  3. The more automation that you can build in to your asset-management system, the lower your support costs will be.
  4. When you wonder where you will start with asset management, take a look at that problem area that is the worst pain you have and start there.
  5. windows asset management doesn't get better with time. The issue grows the longer you wait to address it.
  6. If you're going to do real asset management, you need management buy-in to make it work.
  7. You have to establish a team that is responsible for your asset management. Otherwise, when things heat up, you'll be reacting to crises again, and your asset management will suffer.
  8. Think strategically, but act tactically, by starting

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  1. with the things that can be done now and then move on to more difficult things.
  2. Make sure that your asset management takes business processes into account. If your IT department has no idea how to use processes, it will be a rough ride.
  3. Keep track of the money you save through asset management and then use that money to further your system.

About the author: David Gabel is executive technology editor for TechTarget.

This was first published in July 2002

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