Why IT Spends Too Much Time on Asset Management

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-05-2015 Email

When it's time for a software or compliance audit, tech departments are spending too much time collecting asset inventory data and reconciling asset inventory sources, according to a recent survey from Enterprise Management Associates and BDNA. Focusing on the topic of IT asset management (ITAM), the resulting report, "Best Practices for Optimizing IT with ITAM Big Data," reveals that organizations spend many hours every week simply attempting to reconcile various ITAM-related sources. It doesn't help that asset-related data isn't maintained in a cohesive, enterprise-wide manner, with much of it spread out within databases, spreadsheets, discovery tools and even old-fashioned paper files. "ITAM is usually a siloed mix of manual updates and piecemeal automation," according to the report. "The resulting inefficiencies and inaccuracies threaten not only the effectiveness, but even the very integrity of IT. On the other hand, having an integrated, reconciled ITAM data set can provide an invaluable foundation for a wide variety of strategic IT initiatives. These may range from security and compliance to software audits, data center consolidation and optimizing the IT infrastructure for virtualization--initiatives that are rich both in their diversity and in their impact on IT effectiveness." The report also lends insights about cloud usage and benefits among organizations. More than 150 business and IT professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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