BDNA Solutions for IT Asset Management (ITAM)

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BDNA cuts the time, cost and risk for IT Asset Management (ITAM), enabling better decisions to maximize resources leveraging Technopedia, the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of market intelligence on enterprise software and hardware.

Challenge for IT Asset Management

Rapidly Build a Complete and Clean Inventory
of Software and Hardware Assets

Complexities of IT

Digital transformation, data center consolidations, cloud, acquisitions, mergers and Internet of Things (IoT) are just a few of the disruptive forces that bring added complexities to managing any IT environment. System and software upgrades, security, company growth, software audits and other forces are already a part of a constant changing environment that can make collecting IT asset data challenging.

Lack of Standardization

Challenges often arise from inconsistent and missing asset entitlement and procurement data, which results in the lack of end-to-end data alignment in IT asset management. Purchase orders provide no standardized conventions for part numbers and SKUs. Part descriptions, bundled packages, license packs, and/or maintenance and support are inserted as single line items. The inability to reconcile purchases against deployments or poor data quality in general make it challenging for IT managers to depend on IT asset inventory data to respond to vendor audits.

Poor Data Quality

Inconsistent data often results from multiple names for a single vendor, product or product version, or from vendor mergers and acquisitions, which then leads to conflicting and duplicate data.

Incomplete Data

Raw data often includes data that has no value in supporting lifecycle management or strategic decision-making. Discovery solutions do not provide end-of-life dates, open source data, hardware specification and other market intelligence to contextualize IT system data. For effective IT asset management, you need comprehensive data.

The Speed of Change

Once the inventory data is collected, reconciliation or normalization of data manually is time-consuming and utilizes costly resources. The extended time often results in outdated data before the inventory process is even complete, making IT asset management difficult. Many times catalogs are used to reconcile data, but are ineffective when catalogs are not updated often enough to keep up with vendor changes. Additional challenges arise when catalogs are not comprehensive enough to help in the reconciliation process.

Disparate Tools

Gathering software, hardware and networking assets often involves utilizing multiple tools to collect the data. Merging the IT asset inventory data from these multiple sources, such as multiple discovery tools, and client management solutions, often creates inconsistencies that prevent building an accurate and complete inventory that must be reconciled manually.

BDNA Solution for IT Asset Management

Technopedia

Technopedia provides a common language
for IT, enabling data from multiple sources to be
mapped to a single identity.

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Technopedia Content Packs

BDNA also provides content packs containing
additional market intelligence tailored to specific
IT initiatives.

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Normalize

BDNA Normalize provides organizations with
clean, curated and complete data to create an
accurate picture of their environment.

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Key Benefits of IT Asset Management

Accelerates the IT Asset Management process utilizing the expertise of a proven solution to reconcile asset data

  • Provides relevant market data, such as lifecycle and vulnerability data, that enables companies to improve financial management of IT resources
  • Reconciles data using more than a decade of relevant IT data gathering expertise with continuous daily updates

Modernizes IT Asset Management techniques for better agility and data quality to meet the demands of today

  • Leverages BDNA Technopedia, a catalog that boasts more than 1.7 million assets with more than 119 million market data points, and 2,000 continuous daily updates designed specifically to enable up to 95 percent out-of-the-box coverage to speed up the IT asset management process and to reconcile the data with good quality data
  • Aggregates and de-dupes multiple data sources using pre-built and BDNA supported extractors

Establishes compliance while optimizing costs

  • Reduces risk of inaccurate data that can lead to legal, financial and regulatory opposition from traditional businesses, national interests and regulators.
  • Enables vigilance for IT asset negotiations from auditing and complex licensing schemes

Provides greater insight and transparency to help ensure better decision-making

  • Establishes a common language that can be leveraged for IT Asset Management (ITAM), IT Service Management (ITSM), Software Asset Management (SAM) and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)
  • Enables better predictability with more accurate data leveraging BDNA Technopedia and BDNA Normalize

Leverages existing investments and discovery tools

  • Leverages existing discovery tools, eliminating the complexities of disparate tools while utilizing a proven normalization solution to accelerate the process

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