There are risks in having unlicensed and unauthorized software on your organizations’ computers and it is hardly uncommon. According to International Data Corporation (IDC) 27% of all corporate software may be illegal. In addition they state that 1 in every 4 downloads could contain spyware or even malicious coding.
Keeping up with your IT hardware and software assets is critical, but if you are tracking your IT assets manually, you are likely wasting time. You are also probably getting results that are out-of-date as soon as they are compiled.
So how can better IT asset management lower your hardware and software costs?
The answer is automation.
Good information can fuel good decision making. Detailed and timely information can lead to excellent decision making. That is the point of IT audit software like Kaseya’s Network Audit.
Network Audit software can grab real time information from every device you manage. It can inventory computers without bothering the user, close security gaps, and reduce interoperability issues…all of which can save your time, and your organization money.
Every piece of hardware and software are inventoried in a baseline inventory. You then are notified when any new device or software is added. It is a proactive approach to IT asset management.
The Numara Software “Footprints” family of products are modular but integrated. Its Inventory Manager automates the complete process of gathering information on all of your mobile and fixed IT assets. An Inventory Manager can do this online or offline with the use of a VPN
Some vendors even provide a Software License Management Calculator to help you discover your savings and return on investment (ROI) of under and over utilization of your software. Check BMC’s calculator out here.
The value of increasing productivity
With the control these types of software provide, your productivity will skyrocket. You will have real time information at your fingerprints on virtually every hardware and software change made to any device.
Better productivity and more efficient use of your IT assets will ultimately lower your hardware and software TCO.