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Efficient and practical IT asset management


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IT asset management solutions have grown in scope and importance for organizations of all sizes. Current, accurate and detailed lists of all endpoint hardware and software provide the foundation for managing and optimizing IT operational performance, security, costs and compliance.
Practical and efficient IT asset management succeeds with these simple steps:

1. Save time and spot shadow IT with automation

Especially with the growth of hybrid and mobile computing, automatic recording of endpoint details makes it easy to maintain current and accurate IT and OT inventories. Connected devices and network equipment can be identified via standard protocols so only offline or shielded devices need to be entered manually.

2. More detail means more control

Highly detailed inventories increase management flexibility and value. IT admins can search, view and manage endpoints by general, customized or highly specific variables such as firmware version, acquisition date and cost, physical location and others. This saves time and enables meaningful IT and executive reporting.

3. Manage software license costs and compliance

Including license data in inventories makes it easy to track software installations and subscriptions, avoid over- or under-licensing, and meet audit and compliance requirements without stress. Application usage tracking lets IT admins monitor user uptake and identify unused or rarely used software to save costs.

4. Enhance Enterprise Mobility Management

Mobile devices require careful management and tracking. Lost or stolen smartphones, tablets and laptops can easily fall into the wrong hands and are more susceptible to unauthorized use by hybrid and mobile employees. Work and private profiles on BYOD devices ensure clear and consistent separation of personal and business apps and data while protecting user privacy.

5. Basis of risk management

Asset management is not an end in itself. When data on existing assets is collected and inventoried, it enables informed risk management. This makes it easy to identify particularly vulnerable endpoints and their dependencies. Based on this, network segmentation, isolation or other appropriate action can then be taken to minimize security risk in operations.

The baramundi Management Suite integrates modular capabilities in an intuitive interface for comprehensive and automated management of diverse network endpoints including the baramundi Inventory, Deploy, License Management, Network Device, Mobile Devices (Premium) and Application Usage Tracking (AUT) modules.

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