If you’re auditing your IT assets by hand, you probably know that a manual approach to IT inventory management is neither desirable nor scalable. Not only are you wasting your valuable time, ut the data is out-of-date as soon as you’ve captured it.

And let’s face it, if you don’t have current information on what IT assets you have or where they are, how you can manage them? And if you don’t know how they’re configured, how can you fix them?

Organizations that have automated the inventory process and integrated it with their service desk have reaped the benefits with first-time fix-rates doubling.  But the benefits go far beyond reactive support. Proactive IT inventory management and planning could save your organization as much as 30% of its IT budget!

The financial case for IT inventory management software, such as Numara® FootPrints® Inventory Manager, is certainly compelling.

Automated inventory management = efficiency

From your desktop, FootPrints Inventory Manager will automate the entire data-gathering process for your fixed and mobile IT assets whether they’re Windows®, MacOS®, Linux®/VMWare® Workstations, servers, laptops or mobile/peripheral devices. After the initial audit, you will have a complete view of your IT assets, including their current hardware and software configurations.

From the FootPrints Inventory Manager console you’ll be able to manage configuration changes across the network or enforce change-control policies. It will also maintain a detailed inventory history and update this through scheduled automated audits or its ‘audit now’ feature when you need your asset data in near real-time.

FootPrints Inventory Manager does all of this on or off your network (without the need for a VPN) and supports both agent and agent-less modes of asset discovery.

Ensuring software license compliance

The risks that unlicensed or unauthorized software found on your users’ machines pose for your organization have never been greater. According to IDC, 27% of corporate software may be unlicensed and therefore illegal, while 25% of downloads may contain malicious code or spyware. Unfortunately, ignorance is no defence against the legal process or the hackers.

FootPrints Inventory Manager will help you crack down on unauthorized software by ensuring that only approved and licensed software is running on your users’ machines.

Maximizing your IT Budget

Software license compliance is only one consideration; without software usage metering you may be wasting up to 25% of your IT budget on unnecessary enterprise license renewals. FootPrints Inventory Manager will report your software license usage in real-time so you can easily discover and reclaim unused licenses.

The Numara® FootPrints® family of solutions and products

FootPrints Inventory Manager is part of the FootPrints family of products and solutions for IT Lifecycle and IT Service Management. Built from the ground up as a modular yet integrated system, FootPrints products can be purchased separately or as a part of our broader FootPrints solutions including: Service Management, Service Desk, Lifecycle ManagementDesktop Management and Security & Compliance Management.

To offer you the utmost flexibility, FootPrints products are available with perpetual user licenses or as ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) hosted-solutions.

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