Designed to address the numerous issues plaguing professionals in managing hardware assets, the IAITAM CHAMP (Certified Hardware Asset Management Professional) course follows the lifecycle of IT hardware assets beyond the scope of the cradle to grave analogy. It discusses the business practices that can best be used to manage those assets efficiently and cost-effectively.
Emphasis is placed on identifying the policies that enhance lifecycle management. In general, policies are only effective if developed by a cross section of the impacted departments, are reviewed frequently to remain current and are consistently communicated and enforced.
Save Money by Tracking Assets
There are so many ways that Hardware Asset Management (HAM) can benefit the organisation. In today's economy and with the reduction of IT budgets, finding those savings are more important than ever. Organisations that had never heard of asset management are now educating their staff and implementing the business practices in order to maximise every pound spent. The best measure of success for the Hardware Asset Manager is capturing these savings and showing the percentage of total IT hardware budget that was freed up to fund other projects in the organisation.
Probably one of the least developed processes for asset management in the past, disposal management has received a great deal of attention in the last few years thanks to online auction sites, the growth of a secondary usage market and the EPA's activities that are drawing attention to the environmental issues. The process for disposal begins with the realisation that an asset is no longer of use to the organisation. Once this realisation is made, there are a number of avenues to pursue and a number of pitfalls to avoid.
As with any business issue, an analysis of the costs and benefits must be undertaken to determine the best choice for the organisation. It is recommended that programmes chosen for disposal should be supported by internal policies to avoid any potential financial and public relations backlash. There are many ways that HAM can benefit an organisation and with the volatility of today's economy and the reduction of IT budgets, finding savings is more important than ever. Organisations that have never heard of IT Asset Management are now educating their staff and implementing business practices in order to maximise every pound spent.