Dan Ortega - VP of Marketing for Blazent
In this Top 5 video we list the top responses from a survey of 58 IT managers on the benefits they observed from using IT asset discovery and mapping technology.
During February 2017, Forrester Research published a report titled, “IT Efficiency Begins with Effective Discovery and Dependency Mapping,” sponsored by BMC, which focuses on the benefits of using discovery and mapping tools.
The top 5 responses, in ascending order and assuming validated data, are as follows:
5. Improved disaster recovery: An accurate inventory of systems and services to be failed-over or recovered in the event of an outage is essential for a successful disaster recovery. This is an important factor to consider when deciding how often to refresh any inventory.
4. Improved ability to track and report on existing and new assets: Maintaining an accurate inventory improves service management, compliance, security and IT operations functions. Conversely, an un-validated asset inventory will hinder these functions.
3. Ability to reduce risk by upgrading software: Unsupported software creates a weakness in an organization’s armor that attackers can exploit. Software versions must be meticulously tracked and updated to contain exposures and control risk.
2. Better asset management: When managing the asset life cycle, delaying the recording of milestones, such as deployments, decommissions and changes in asset ownership, can be costly. In an environment, which outsources the management of assets, inaccurate billing can occur, which is expensive, burdensome to reconcile, and reduces customer satisfaction.
1. Better able to address compliance issues: Compliance was the #1 reason to automate asset discovery, since incomplete or inaccurate inventories can lead to compliance audit failures and fines. The fines can be from vendors or worse, regulators who have the power to interrupt business operations.