If You’re Shopping Without a List, It’s Time to Take Inventory of Your IT Assets

Has this ever happened to you?

You decided to run to your local market but didn’t make a list. Since you’re not sure what’s already in your pantry or refrigerator, you toss the items you think you need into your shopping cart. More often than not, you return from one of these shopping trips slapping your forehead. Inevitably, you end up with items you didn’t need and you forgot to buy the one crucial ingredient that you needed to make dinner.

Strangely enough, however, companies frequently treat their IT inventories like a local market run without a list! Without taking inventory, a business doesn’t know exactly what equipment they have, where it is, or whether or not they’re missing something they’re going to need. And unfortunately, this can cause much more significant issues than running out of bread.

An inaccurate IT inventory can lead to major headaches. Outdated equipment can decrease your business’s efficiency and make life much harder than it needs to be. Expired software licenses or improper license usage can spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e in the case of an audit. And if a business doesn’t have a firewall, it’s open to cyberattacks and data breaches.

Taking inventory of IT equipment gives you valuable information to prevent these headaches. An inventory can show you things like how many PCs your business owns, if those PCs are running on an outdated operating system, and whether the software is current.

We understand the task of inventorying can be time-consuming and daunting. You might not even be sure which red flags to look for in your equipment. However, an MSP can take the guesswork out of this process.

By taking an IT Inventory, we can:

  • Trace your business’s equipment to tell you what you have – In the blitz to move to work-from-home, it’s easy to have lost track of inventory. Now that things have slowed down, we can see and trace your equipment so you can have an accurate account of your business’ PCs, firewalls, workstations, servers, and the operating systems running on these devices.
  • Evaluate which outdated IT equipment needs to be upgraded – While some pieces of outdated IT equipment might need to be replaced, other equipment will still be useful for longer. Knowing this helps you to prioritize purchases to make the best use of your budget.
  • Help you know what IT equipment to purchase – When you need to replace a piece of equipment, it can be overwhelming to decide what is the best fit for your business. Our expertise can help you get the IT equipment that is right for you and within your budget.

If you’ve decided it’s time to stop “shopping without a list” and get a current inventory of your IT network, contact Entre Technology Services; we would love to get your IT inventory up-to-date.

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