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Asset Management vs. Asset Inventory

Are there any functional differences between "asset inventory" and "asset management" :confused:

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Re: Asset Management vs. Asset Inventory

I'm not an inventory specialist so no doubt I will miss some points or get stuff wrong but...........

Asset Management will also let you monitor process usage - "What Apps were running for how long on a PC".
I always recall that one because it is a cool feature that is actually useful outside of inventory.
However, that has to be used carefully because the amount of data collected can be rather large.

It also allows for managing licenses. You can enter the amount of licenses you own, how you got them, and compare that with what is actually installed in the field.
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Craig's take on asset management is an excellent start - most customers can save money by analyzing software usage data, and the storage requirements aren't that bad, especially if you take the "storage is cheaper than software" philosophical approach. ZENworks Asset Management also provides features for importing software purchasing data and comparing that to installation data to generate a picture of your software compliance position, which is especially important in an environment where software audits happen more and more frequently. Asset Management also offers a feature for managing contracts, and associated those contracts with just about any entity in ZENworks associated with an asset.

As for those "Asset Inventory for..." items in the Product Licensing page, there used to be an add-on for UNIX/Linux inventory, though I'm not sure if it's still available. With Linux inventory covered fairly well in the mainstream inventory integral to ZENworks, UNIX inventory becomes more and more a niche issue. Same thought on the "... for Windows/Mac" item - it's baked into the mainstream ZENworks inventory. I pretty much ignore those items most of the time.

Bruce McDowell Technical Services Consultant, McDowell Consulting LLC bruce@consultbruce.com
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