My company is probably heading for the implementation of a software defined network. As a prerequirement for this implementation, a full inventory of all hardware assets attached to our network is mandatory. If an asset is not known, any network connection will be refused.
Up to now, we manage only assets which are required for Licensing (Windows-PCs, Servers,..).
We do not know all the stuff attached to our network like WebCAMs, Sensors or other IoT Devices. And we believe, that the number of those devices will raise significantly in the next year - buzzword IoT.
As this approach will cause remarkable costs (management software, ongoing registration of all devices attached to the network), we are searching for stakeholders in our company that support those efforts.
Up to now, we found
- IT Security, which wants to know which device is owned by whom in our company
- Network, as a comprehensive hardware inventory is a prequirement for software defined networking
- software licensing (Windows Devices are already managed). In rare cases, a full hardware inventory can support additional license metrics.
Following your IT asset management approach, we try to identify the business objectives, but up to now, our findings are limited to those 3 stakeholders.
Do you have proposals, which stakeholders in our company we should address to support our intension of a full inventory of all IT assets (including all that low-value stuff)? What financial or other benefits could a full hardware inventory have we might not see actually?
What do other companies, are they also heading for a full inventory? Or do they ignore stuff of low value connected to their network?