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Best Practices to Track Critical Hardware Assets and Minimize Business Risk

Published: 02 August 2017

ID: G00318938

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman


Many organizations want to push a button and validate the location of their high-value hardware assets, and eliminate "ghost" assets that have disappeared. We identify key requirements that sourcing and vendor management leaders must address to deliver robust, effective hardware asset management.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Develop an Asset Tracking Policy to Determine What Assets to Track and What Technology to Use to Track Them
    • Step 1: Determine Whether an Asset Requires Tracking
    • Step 2: How to Track an Asset That Is a Flight Risk
    • Step 3: Identify the Characteristics of Assets in Order to Identify Technology Limitations
  • Determine the Data Needed in Order to Make Informed Asset Management Business Decisions
    • Identify the Frequency of the Data Collection Needed
    • Is the Asset Static or Mobile?
  • Evaluate Vendor Capabilities Against All Asset Tracking Requirements

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