Hardware and software deployments all over the place due to the pandemic scramble? Here are the essential steps to ensure you can find what you need -- and secure it.
While digital transformation initiatives have pushed many organizations toward more cloud-based workloads and multiple Internet of Things (IoT) devices on their networks, the process of keeping track of everything remains in the dark ages. Immature and manual practices for IT asset management still rule, with 43% of organizations still relying on spreadsheets to track their IT assets, according to data released in February by Ivanti.
In addition, the recent global scramble to enable workforces to shift to remote work due to COVID-19 means hardware and software deployments may have been hastily pushed out, leaving a chaotic and spotty inventory for IT managers to oversee in its wake.
That's where a comprehensive IT asset management (ITAM) program can help, saving you money, ensuring compliance, and helping you make better purchasing decisions. In fact, not having an ITAM program can be damaging – because it can lead to major security vulnerabilities. If you don't know what you're securing, you simply can't protect it.
Jimmy Tom, research adviser at Info-Tech Research Group, shares his perspective in this article.