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12 Reasons You Need a Better Asset Tracking Solution Now!

By Tom Watson | May 20, 2015

Without an organized IT Asset Management process, you have an open door to bad data. When an item is purchased and received, and models don’t match the invoice, they are not checked in correctly. When service tickets demand the retirement of assets, equipment is often removed physically but not from asset inventory. When employees leave,…

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Preparing for Receiving Success

By Tom Watson | March 25, 2015

Efficient receiving starts well before assets show up at the dock.  It requires laying the proper foundation and integrating relevant data ahead of time.  This post outlines AMI’s best practices for receiving, which you can implement on your own or with our assistance. Integrate procurement data Efficient receiving is made possible by integrating purchasing information…

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Simple Cost Analysis for RFID Options

By Tom Watson | October 29, 2013

Not surprisingly, lately I’m being asked more and more about RFID. As prices drop on this technology, its benefits become more and more attractive. I’m a strong advocate for RFID. I’ve written about its value in comparison to other tagging methods (see a summary here). I also produced a webinar titled “Finding the Sweet Spot…

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RF Code Launches a new, smaller active tag

By Tom Watson | October 3, 2013

RF Code announced today the release of the new M174 active tag, which is much smaller than its predecessor. My customers love the automation of active RFID as it completely removes the human factor. However, the tag size has been an issue.  The RF Code tags are smaller than most, but they do still stick…

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Why you need more than just a scanner.

By Tom Watson | August 30, 2013

A magic bullet that can solve your asset tracking problems for $99? Sorry. I get requests all the time for “a scanner that works well with an IT Asset Management system.” Customers figure some scanning would help things, and I’ve had to explain many times that optimizing ITAM is a bit more complicated than just…

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Fixing grievous mismanagement

By Tom Watson | August 14, 2013

Fixing “grievous mismanagement” of millions of dollars of government property The headline of a recent article caught my eye: “U.S. Marshals lose track of encrypted radios: WSJ report.” What struck me was the use of the phrase “lose track.” The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) apparently didn’t know if 2,000 encrypted two-way radios had been assigned…

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How Much Should You Spend on Asset Tags?

By Tom Watson | July 17, 2013

Knowing that AMI AssetTrack supports any data capture technology, an AssetTrack user recently asked me how much he should spend on asset tags and should they do barcode, passive or active RFID.  I responded, “it depends.” But in more fully answering his question, we explored some important basics to be considered before committing to an…

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A Change of Mind Regarding Active RFID

By Tom Watson | June 7, 2013

Although now I’m a bit chagrined to admit it, just seven months ago I presented a webinar (Finding the ROI Sweet Spot with RFID), a significant part of which promoted the position that, while active RFID asset tracking afforded terrific features, the initial cost of deploying such a system – at least down to the…

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Don’t make your barcodes tiny databases

By Tom Watson | May 1, 2013

It’s easy to get jaded about technology, but I still think barcodes are amazing. It remains a little magical to shine a light or pass a phone over a seemingly random assemblage of dots and lines, and instantly retrieve information about the tagged object or be referred to a related website. Even though the technology…

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Don’t Buy an ITAM Solution (Even Ours) Before Doing This First

By Tom Watson | April 5, 2013

I’m in the business of selling pain relief. As lamentable as it may be, most companies relegate ITAM to the “nice to have someday” category. A vitamin, not a pain killer. Unfortunately, that “someday” is usually hastened along by an audit that reveals a big problem that will require lots of cash or other resources…

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