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Asset Management

Asset Management is the practice of tracking a companies’ assets, in this case technical assets. This could include desktops, laptops, servers, firewalls, switches…even keyboards.
 
Asset Management is something that companies tend to worry about as an afterthought. It is incredibly important for companies to take asset management seriously. As companies grow, they can lose track of equipment, which can end up being very costly.
 
Asset management can also be paramount if an insurance claim needs to be filed. Insurance companies will look for records of equipment that are being put in on the claim. Without this record, the insurance company can deny replacement of undocumented equipment.
 
Warranty information falls under Asset Management as well. If you have a piece of equipment that fails, there could be a warranty on it. If warranty information isn’t kept in an organized fashion, it could be forgotten about or lost, again, costing a company money.
 
Even though many companies view replacing assets as a cost they don’t want to incur, it can actually allow employees to be much more productive. Aging systems often have more issues and slow down due to the amount of software that is installed. Replacing a device can improve employees’ productivity, and even alleviate frustration which will provide a quick return on investment, by allowing the employee to gain efficiency and not be distracted by the odd quirks their system may have developed over time.
 
In some cases, Asset Management may be used to help with regulatory requirements. Some equipment may contain sensitive information and knowing what equipment you have and who is using it can help with knowing what type of data would be on the device. These devices may have to be tracked and their may be special disposal requirements which all have to be tracked This can be done through Asset Management
 
When Kansas City Managed IT begins working with a new client, we perform a network assessment. This will provide us with a list of the company’s equipment and specifics of the equipment, such as age, operating system it is running and licensing on the machines. We can not only provide these lists, but also a network diagram of the setup of your network including all of your equipment. As the company grows, we can add to that documentation and set up a replacement schedule for the equipment to make sure the company remains up-to-date.