As an IT Asset Manager, you’re fully engaged with boots on the ground. If it’s got an asset tag or a license, chances are you’re responsible for it. Not just in terms of managing the asset from acquisition to disposal, but also forming long term strategies and working across departments. Your role is also becoming more demanding than ever before.
Challenges faced by IT asset managers in 2019
- How do you quickly respond, on demand, to questions from the C-suite and other departments such as finance?
- How will you acquire, organize, and manage the inventory data required to continually optimize the company’s IT asset strategies?
- With a more complicated role than ever, and even more hats to wear and lack of resources, how will you find time to properly manage IT asset inventory on top of those new responsibilities?
The landscape for ITAM
2018 was a landmark year for the IT asset manager. Executives are continuing to gain and push for increased visibility into the entire IT asset process — whether it’s the initial purchase, contract negotiations, or vendor relationships. They’re keenly interested in how managing this process effectively can reduce risks and increase revenues, as well as help recover maximum value from assets at their end-of-life. In short, IT asset managers are expected to provide accurate summaries of the company’s inventory profile at any time. Executives and company departments also expect IT asset managers to create and deliver on strategies to — you guessed it — improve the bottom line.
To add to the mix, security is also a greater focus. Data breaches and leaks of personally-identifiable data (PII) as well as hacking/malware incidents reached an all-time high, according to the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM). Cybersecurity experts across industries and practices can all agree that this trend isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, and certainly not stopping.
What this means for IT asset managers
What this means for the day-to-day life of an IT Asset Manager is a greatly increased focus on efficiency and accuracy, a growing need to communicate between departments, and significantly expanded responsibilities. The role of the IT asset manager has already and continues to evolve beyond tracking racks and stacks into a deep strategic and financial role within the organization. The difficulty of managing these expectations is further compounded by issues of security and risk management.
How Sipi’s INVaaS program can help
Sipi’s Inventory-As-A-Service program is tailor-made to assist IT asset managers in their day-to-day operations. Our specialized team will do the heavy lifting for you, from the finest detail (that old printer offsite you’ve been having trouble tracking down) to the highest birds-eye view (detailed analytics for your organization at a click.)
We do this so you can focus on the strategy, communication, and implementation that matters.
- Quick, efficient reporting on your company assets allows for quick analysis and data prior to the refresh cycle – meaning you recover more to the bottom line.
- Resources to carry out inventory audits in an ever-changing audit landscape, so you can be efficient.
- Ongoing monitoring to empower you to protect active inventory – and decide the optimum time for secure disposal.
- A full suite of secure destruction options to ensure the utmost compliance to data security standards – even accounting for new high capacity drive technology.
See how Sipi’s Inventory-As-A-Service program can help IT asset managers get the job done.