Why IT Needs to Keep Tabs on Asset Management

Accounting isn’t the only department that needs to keep track of all the equipment owned by an organization. Apart from the balance-sheet relevance, effectively managing IT assets is essential for an organization’s safety and compliance.

IT should have a full overview at all times of which devices are moving about an internal network. These include both company-owned clients and mobile devices, as well as bring-your-own devices (BYOD) brought into the organization by employees. Whether or not these are present on the network with IT’s consent doesn’t matter for compliance and safety—IT needs to have access and insight. Comprehensive asset management also helps with IT’s daily chores. Without asset tracking, there can’t be consistent device administration or orderly patch rollouts.

Resources and clients need to be assigned correctly

Requirements analysis and cost budgeting for licenses and support are also difficult to do without asset management. This is where organizations can reduce expenses and calculate licensing costs, maintenance contracts, and other indirect expenses in a more tangible way. How can IT know which devices have reached their hardware end of life or software support cycle expiration date and are in need of a tech refresh or upgrade? How can they know how many and which clients are assigned to which departments?

Insufficient asset tracking applies particularly to Mac computers, which tend to fly under the radar in many organizations. Their administration is done manually—or in the worst case, not at all.

But this doesn’t need to be. Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft® SCCM helps admins gain insight into an organization’s inventory of Mac clients and software. This enables patch updates, new device configuration, and asset tracking to be handled in a completely “hands-free” manner.

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