At the core of Techport Thirteen's business are our many strong partnerships. We can leverage these partnerships by reselling partner software and by performing software services for our partners' software, all at a nice discount for our clients. It is a challenging business, but very rewarding when you can deliver consistently.... we seem to be doing ok :-)
One of our lesser known, yet very powerful partnerships, is our relationship with Asset Management International (AMI). AMI specializes in a hardware asset tracking solution for ITAM. Their AssetTrack solution is used by enterprise HP customers like United Airlines and Pepsi to track and manage their IT hardware within HP Asset Manager 9.3, ensuring highly accurate IT asset data in the asset repository.
In a quick summary... AMI’s solution delivers the three essential components required to achieve 100% accurate hardware data:
- Data Capture - AssetTrack offers barcode and RFID scanning capability to make data capture efficient and accurate for users at the receiving dock, in warehouses, data centers and the end user environment.
- Data Validation - AssetTrack provides asset managers a data reconciliation tool ensuring all collected data is validated and cleaned before it is sent to HP Asset Manager, ensuring the ITAM repository is not corrupted by uncontrolled asset management processes.
- Integration with ITAM Systems - Lastly, AssetTrack integrates with HP Asset Manager via Connect-IT, and AMI provides all services related to installing, configuring and integrating their solution for enterprise HP Asset Manager customers.
Ya, ya... this sounds great, but show me the money! er... show me how it does these things?
I was fortunate to have the chance to attend a demo of the AssetTrack solution on June 15th, 2012, performed specifically for a sub-set of Techport Thirteen employees. Tom Watson, President, CEO and Founder of AMI, provided the demo and covered how an asset is scanned in receiving, related to a known PO in procurement, checked and reconciled for data integrity, and promoted to the asset baseline for an organization, all using the AssetTrack solution.
Needless to say, I was amazed at the solution's practical capabilities and the simplicity with which it accomplishes exactly what it says it will do.
For example, did you know that if you run a receiving organization, you can use AssetTrack scanners to know exactly what you are scanning, and where the resulting data should go? Not only that, but if the bar code is structured properly, the matching PO number can be auto-loaded at the time the scan occurs. Data can then be kept in synch automatically! I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see if for myself!
And here is the best thing I learned... Once the items have been received, the data is then uploaded from the scanner to AssetTrack Server, before it is sent to HP Asset Manager. AssetTrack provides a 2nd-level approval step here… where an Asset Manager (a physical person) would review what was scanned in the receiving process, and make any necessary changes, and approve the data to be promoted in to the asset baseline. This intentional, manual step is what makes the AssetTrack solution so valuable and what separates it from other asset management solutions (like HP Asset Manager, CA IT Asset Portfolio Manager, etc). Data is then 100% guaranteed to be accurate before it makes it to the database.
Now, I know that I am not an ITAM expert by any means, but I do know smart design and simple processes when I see them.. and AMI's AssetTrack has them both. Throw in some of the latest technology, like RFID scanners, and an out-of-the-box integration with HP Asset Manager, and you got yourself a winning solution.
Wanna see for yourself? Download the same presentation I saw via the button below, and check out the details in the embedded screen captures:
Oh, and remember those partner discounts I referred to before? We got them. Contact Techport Thirteen to learn more.