Asset Management vs. ZEN7 inventory

If you are using ZEN 7 inventory, what are you really gaining by
deploying Asset Management?

Was hoping somebody who's used both could inform me whether it's worth
deploying Asset Mgmt instead of directing me to a Marketing brochure. :)
  • nroberts@valottery.com,

    >If you are using ZEN 7 inventory, what are you really gaining by
    >deploying Asset Management?


    There are three "Inventory products"

    ZDM inventory, ZAI (ZENWorks Asset Inventory), and ZAM (ZENWorks Asset
    Management)

    ZDM Inv. is from the old days.

    ZAI is just inventory of software and hardware

    ZAM is ZAI plus license complience.

    ZAI is MUCH better than ZDM inv. The reporting is SO much easier and
    powerful. There is no reason to try and create nice and useful reports
    with Crystal reports or some DB reporting application. ZAI makes it very
    easy to create useful pdf, excel, tabbed deleted reports.

    These reports can be scheduled distributed, reused, etc.

    Because ZAI is free, I suggest that everyone use it.

    The license complience and other features that come with ZAM are very
    useful too and can save an organization money and also legal problems if
    they do not have license for all software. I know of schools that have
    been biten by this.

    Hope this helps.

    --
    Jared Jennings - Data Technique, Inc.
    Novell Support Forums Sysop
    My Blog and Wiki with Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials
    http://jaredjennings.org
  • Jared Jennings wrote:

    > ZAI is MUCH better than ZDM


    I fully agree: ZDM inventory is and was good at collecting information, ZAI/ZAM does that well, too, but the significant differences are

    1. reporting capabilities: so easy and powerful, once you've seen this, you won't ever think about using ZDM inv anymore! take my word for it. better: install an eval version in standalone mode and scan a couple of machines. then look at the reports. ZAI instantly gives you information to help make decisions, just a few clicks on a web page and you'll end up with an excel sheet of all your machines not yet WinXP ready (so how much new hardware do we need then? -> how long will it take to roll that out to the users? -> when will we be ready to roll out XP then?). Or how different MS office versions distribute in your company (does it match your licensing? -> how many full/update lic. do you need to buy? -> so what's the best licensing model for you?). ZAI/ZAM really answers questions. ZDM never did.

    2. monthly inventory scan signature updates (think of anti-virus-like software recognition fingerprints) that keep ZAI/ZAM up to date with current software releases.

    3. it's the future of inventory at novell, for all that I've heard over the last few months. Anyone who knows more than me is welcome to comment on this point, I'm curious about a detailed roadmap myself .-)

    cheers, Lothar


  • Lothar Haeger,

    >3. it's the future of inventory at novell, for all that I've heard over
    >the last few months. Anyone who knows more than me is welcome to comment
    >on this point, I'm curious about a detailed roadmap myself .-)


    You are right on this. ZAM inventory will be used in the new version of
    ZEN. I know this will be talked about at BS with many of the sessions.

    --
    Jared Jennings - Data Technique, Inc.
    Novell Support Forums Sysop
    My Blog and Wiki with Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials
    http://jaredjennings.org