Does your IT environment look like a thoughtfully organized warehouse (with a place for everything and everything in its place) or from an episode of the TV program, “Hoarders”? Every component, asset, etc. you add to your environment has a useful life and keeping them “because you needed them during the past” isn’t helping your company move forward – it is creating clutter, which slows your operations and your company’s growth. Your IT Asset Management processes exist to help you control the components, assets, etc. in your environment, manage assets throughout their lifecycle and make thoughtful decisions about the right time to clear the clutter.
Clutter in your IT environment is slowing your business
Having obsolete, underutilized and inconsistent assets in your IT environment isn’t just a nuisance for your IT staff – it becomes an impediment to the advancement of your company. Whether this is an ambitious digital transformation initiative, improving your employees’ productivity or reducing operational costs, clutter in your IT environment is an obstacle to progress.
- Taking space, power and capacity that could be used for other components, assets, opportunities, etc.
- Maintenance, licensing and upkeep costs that divert resources from growth initiatives
- Stability and reliability issues impacting service assurance
- Lacking modern features and capabilities the business needs
The problem you face is like trying to do a home project in a garage or workshop cluttered with old projects and miscellaneous “stuff.” Yes, you could push some stuff aside to create a workspace, but you will still be working in cramped quarters, unable to find what you need and tripping on them as you’re trying to work. You may be able to complete the project, but it will require more time, be more difficult and be subject to more risks because of the clutter.
Data is the key to addressing clutter
The pace of business change is accelerating. With modern businesses more dependent on technology to drive operational efficiency and to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace, an efficient and well-organized IT environment is essential. This starts with understanding your assets, their use, their cost and their status in their lifecycle. In short, you need IT Asset Management.
More specifically, you need complete, accurate, current and trustworthy asset data to drive your asset management processes and decisions. Once you have a foundation of asset data, your asset managers will be able to see your critical systems and what assets are cluttering your environment and disrupting the progress of your business.
How to tell if your asset has reached the end of its useful life
There are some telltale signs that an IT asset is reaching the end of its useful life:
- The frequency of business change requests is decreasing
- You’ve stopped upgrading to new versions
- Vendors have stopped releasing security patches and updates
- Processing activity on the asset has diminished
- Support contact information is outdated (and no one is taking notice)
Improving asset data quality
Your business must evolve to survive and thrive. It can’t if your IT environment is cluttered with old and underutilized assets that are slowing your progress and obstacles to adding the new/modern technologies that your business needs. IT Asset Management is IT’s weapon to attack the issue of technology clutter and dependable and trustworthy data empowers that weapon.
Data Quality Management solutions from Blazent can help you improve the completeness and accuracy of data in your CMDB and IT Asset Management systems (the place where your asset data resides). It will also ensure your IT staff members have the information they need to combat clutter and provide the resources (and space) that your company needs to grow. Learn more about the impact poor data can have on your organization.