by Shawn Mitchell, spokesperson for Data Center POST
If you’ve ever tracked a growing number of assets with a spreadsheet, you’re familiar with the chaos. Efficient business operation and gaining a competitive advantage are both hindered when your asset tracking is out of control. As assets become more involved with an organization’s processes, the impact of misplaced assets or off-track locations becomes more severe.
The good news is, there are solutions available to help simplify the tracking process, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Through asset tracking, enterprises use data center infrastructure management to gain insight and drive performance. However, identifying the perfect solution depends on the number of assets you want to track, the number of devices you use for tracking (licensing) and whether you want to implement tracking on mobile devices. If you’re already scrambling for a better solution, chances are you’ve reached the threshold and it may be time to invest in a software-based solution.
There are several solutions available, ranging from desktop and server to Web-based asset tracking applications. Even better, there are many cost-effective solutions available on the market today. Sure, you may spend more than you would on a makeshift, spreadsheet-based solution, but you can’t put a price on the headaches you don’t have when your asset tracking smooths out the wrinkles in the enterprise.
Current asset tracking methods use the latest advances in technology and communication. One of the most popular solutions today is asset tagging, which uses specially designed software programs. After an asset is tagged, it is categorized and its information is stored in a database. Each asset is identified with a unique bar code and can include photographs to help identify an asset and its precise location.
Radio frequency identification technology is leading the way for asset tracking solutions, as it allows users to instantly determine a tagged asset’s general location anywhere in a facility. RFID is no longer a buzz topic, it’s an enterprisewide household term; so it’s a good idea to become familiar with the technology and the benefits it provides.
But if you insist on your own handmade asset tracking system, there are plenty of free asset tracking templates and various freeware solutions available on the Internet that can help you organize your current system if it’s in need of an upgrade. At any rate, a good asset tracking methodology can reduce potential equipment loss and promote an optimal inventory size.