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Important Questions to Answer Before You Call Us Or (gasp!) Any Other IT Asset Tracking Solution Provider

By Tom Watson | November 9, 2012

For better or worse, most of us live in a “bottom line” world. We want something (for example, a new set of tires, a toaster or an ITAM solution) and we want to know how much it will cost. Now. But before we can know the cost, we have to more clearly define our needs,…

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Creating the Last Barcode Scheme Your Company Needs

By Tom Watson | October 17, 2012

I walked by this utility pole the other day and counted three different identifiers attached to it. I see this quite a bit in our business:  a new team or vendor undertakes a tagging effort and imposes a new identification scheme to replace an older scheme like applying a new coat of paint. Why? Because…

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Attention all Asset Managers – Read This First

By Tom Watson | September 27, 2012

Finally – there’s one source for answers to all the important aspects of implementing a hardware asset tracking solution at your organization. AMI has recently posted on their web site a free download of their Asset Tracking Guide. The Guide covers subjects such as defining your business goals, asset lifecycles, receiving/installing/moving/disposing assets, audits and reconciliation.…

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RFID is a sleepy security guard

By Tom Watson | September 18, 2012

In a previous blog, I took the position that fixed portal RFID has not yet reached a point where it can be implemented cost effectively into medium to large enterprises – at least when used as the sole method of asset tracking. (Instead, I advocate a hybrid solution combining the best of fixed and handheld…

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Finding the ROI sweet spot with RFID

By Tom Watson | September 4, 2012

The promise of RFID is very alluring for those of us (including your truly) who strive for maximum efficiency and accuracy. RFID, in many cases, is a heck of a lot faster and easier for collecting a lot of data in an automated way. RFID can detect things you can’t even see, helping to ensure…

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Thanks for the shout out

By Tom Watson | July 8, 2012

I was extremely gratified to read a recent blog post from our friends over at Techport Thirteen about the AssetTrack® online product demonstration I gave in mid-June. Poster Rob Swingle from Techport Thirteen was among the attendees.   I invite you to read the blog yourself, but I wanted to highlight a comment there I was particularly…

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Tips For Your Tag Team

By Tom Watson | June 2, 2012

RFID has the potential to streamline your asset tracking. Alas, for all its speed and convenience, it also has the potential to create inaccuracies by RFID readers not reading tags that you want and reading tags that you don’t. In our experience, many inaccuracies can be traced to two sources: RFID tag placement and reader…

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Should you RFID ASAP?

By Tom Watson | May 31, 2012

The promise of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for IT asset tracking is finally being fulfilled. After years of “hurry up and wait,” the technology has advanced sufficiently in terms of reliability and cost-effectiveness to make it an option well worth the consideration of most Data Center Managers. RFID tags from companies such as Confidex are…

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ITAM Lifecycle Process

By Tom Watson | May 25, 2012

Many of our customers are referred to us due to mergers or internal/external audit requirements–or simply the desire to begin measuring the financial performance of the IT organization by tracking assets.  Since it’s all about data, analyzing the processes that maintain IT asset data is critical to ensuring data is maintained accurately over time. For…

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