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The core function of asset management is software license tracking and server enumeration. Those functions can be done well both by priority and open source packages.

Another important capability is the ability to create various reports by running a remote queues on the systems.

As IT organizations are under pressure to reduce, many are trying to more effectively manage their inventories using asset management software. After all tales about dead server in datacenters circulating air for years are abundant.

Another important area is retirement of hardware. This is more complex area as it involves both prevention of thief as well as removal all the software and reusing the licenses.

The IBM Tivoli Maximo Asset Management product, rebranded after the acquisition of MRO by IBM, is an example of a commercial software package service this niche.

There are a couple of IM Redbooks that might help you with the terminology and concepts:

IBM Redbooks IT Asset Management Processes using Tivoli Asset Manager for IT


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Abstract

As IT organizations are under pressure to increase their effectiveness, while reducing costs, many are applying traditional processes and tools that have been used for enterprise asset management to their IT assets. The IBM Tivoli Maximo Asset Management product, rebranded after the acquisition of MRO by IBM, is an example of an industry leading tool for managing enterprise assets.

The IBM Tivoli Asset Management for IT product is based on the same foundation as Maximo Asset Management and provides additional capabilities targeted for the management of IT assets (both hardware and software).
This IBM Redbooks publication describes current industry trends and thought leadership on IT asset management and describes how the IBM Tivoli Asset Management for IT V7.1 product can help implement and support IT asset management processes.

This book is not intended to teach readers about Tivoli Asset Management for IT V7.1, but rather assumes they are familiar with Maximo Asset Management and can access Asset Management for IT V7.1 documentation.

This book does provide high-level overviews, using product-specific terminology, describing how the product capabilities can enhance the implementation and automation of common IT asset management processes.


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[Jan 16, 2013] Asset Management software Uranos

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"Today we'll take a look at another software: Uranos (Unattended Resolution in A Nutshell – OS).

"Unattended Resolution in A Nutshell – OS is an open source software that will let you perform Asset Managment, Monitoring, Software Distribution, Unattended tasks.

It's free for both personal and commercial use and released under GPL license.

"The project it's active and the last version (at the moment of the writing of this post) it's the 1.1913 released on 22 December 2011

"Uranos is not just an asset managment software like the others, it's a modular framework with many module that can do many different tasks.

The software run as web application, so it needs an HTTP Web server that can run php code, an Apache Web Server with Mod_php will work perfectly."

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Uranos does a lot of things, and if you are searching for a central framework that can also install software and servers perhaps you can stop your research; Uranos seem a product that can do a lot of different things from a central console.
But i've some doubt if you just need an asset management software, it rely on FusionInventory or OCS so you'll have to study and install these software too, and install and maintain Uranos just for managing the assets seem an overkill to me.

[Jan 16, 2013] ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus

Freecode

ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus is a Web based, easy-to-use help desk and asset management software whose features include contract managenent, purchasing, and knowledge management.

It has an ITIL ready version too. It integrates ticketing, asset tracking, purchasing, contract management, and knowledge base in one package.

ServiceDesk Plus enables end-users to submit tickets via an online Web form or through email. It automates several key workflow tasks such as case routing, acknowledging requester, technician notification, and handling of SLA rules. It includes a Solutions module that allows you to document best practices and solutions to common problems in an online knowledge base.

ServiceDesk Plus offers accurate inventory tracking functionality across Windows and Linux workstations. It can also track software licenses and let you know the number of over-utilized or under-utilized licenses across your organization.

[Nov 12, 2010] Linux Inventory Aggregator

freshmeat.net
Linux Inventory Aggregator is designed to be a simple, self-contained (as much as possible) script for gathering hardware information.

phpMyInventory

freshmeat.net

phpMyInventory is a Web-based hardware and software asset-management system that is designed to track all of the systems in your inventory. It allows users to add software and peripherals to a system, and systems to a user. It uses PHP and MySQL and is based on the Syslist.com system.

Been looking for something to do just this for a long time phpmyinventory is just what i was looking for i have 23 server/workstations that i use just in a testing environment for a lot of different programs and operating systems, which means that hardware is being swapped out all the time, or host names are going up and down with different OS's almost monthly once again this is awesome, if i could just figure out why my "move" column dozen show in my tables like on the screen shots i'd be able to make a spare parts list. that being the only flaw im experiencing

Data Center Audit

Data Center Audit (DCA) is a low cost Web-based configuration management (CMDB) software application for IT data center asset management and inventory control. It is targeted for small to medium size data centers looking for a simple, non-intrusive method of management of their data center. It offers the ability to view granular details of all IT data center elements as well as the ability to view host-to-switch-to-storage mappings, reserve (check out) elements, a visual layout view of your data center, audit logging, and the ability to export views to CSV.

Feta Asset Tracking

Feta (Feta Efficiently Tracks Assets) is a Web-based application for use in tracking the inventory of computer hardware within a company for internal use.

h-inventory

h-inventory provides Web-based hardware and software inventory management for Windows, Linux, and BSD machines. It permits incident declaration (breakdown) both anonymous and not. h-inventory provides incident and intervention management, user management, network management, incident types management, monitoring services, a network map, a network scan, and deployment of software automatically on workstations.

Open Business Accounting/Inventory (perl)

OBA is Web-based business accounting/inventory software that would suit accountants, auditors, and those who require massive data entry. It comes with some modules such as quick entry, sales summary, unique transaction numbers, and more.



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