Survey Shows 43% of IT Professionals Still Track IT Assets in Spreadsheets

More than Half of Respondents Report they Mistakenly Spend Time Fixing Devices Under Warranty

SALT LAKE CITY — 12 February 2020 —

Ivanti, the company that unifies IT to better manage and secure the digital workplace, released survey results highlighting  the challenges faced by IT organizations when it comes to aligning their IT Service Management (ITSM) and IT Asset Management (ITAM) processes. According to data collected by Ivanti, 43% of IT professionals surveyed reported using spreadsheets as one of their resources to track IT assets. Further, 56% currently do not manage the entire asset lifecycle, risking redundant assets, potentially creating a risk, and causing unnecessary and costly purchases.

Findings from the survey demonstrate the need for greater alignment between ITSM and ITAM processes, especially when looking at the time spent reconciling inventory/assets. Nearly a quarter of respondents reported spending hours per week on this process. Another time-intensive process for IT professionals is dealing with out-of-warranty/out-of-support-policy assets, with 28% of respondents reporting they spend hours per week supporting these assets. And, when asked how often they have spent time fixing devices that were later identified to still be under warranty, 50% of respondents said “sometimes.”

“It’s clear that there is room for improvement when it comes to managing assets,” said Ian Aitchison, senior product director at Ivanti. “While IT teams are starting to better track their assets, collaborating with other teams and understanding the benefits of combining asset and service processes, time and money advantages are being lost as they don't have the data they need to effectively manage and optimize their assets and services.”

When asked about the benefits of combining ITSM and ITAM processes, the survey found that respondents expected to see:

  • Better visibility of their IT estate: 63%
  • Increased IT staff productivity: 59%
  • Optimized costs: 54%
  • Improved service delivery: 53%

Aitchison added, “When ITSM and ITAM are closely aligned and integrated, many activities and processes become more automated, efficient and responsive, with fewer things ‘falling through the cracks.’  IT teams gain more insight and are better positioned to move from reactive activities to more proactive practices, delivering higher service levels and efficiency at lower costs.”

According to the survey, IT professionals are also somewhat dissatisfied with the available asset information, or data, they have access to within their organizations. When asked if they incorporate and monitor purchase data, contracts and/or warranty data as part of their IT asset management program, 39% of respondents said yes, 42% said partially and 19% said no. This means more than 60% of IT professionals are missing key information in their IT asset management program to effectively manage their IT assets from cradle to grave.

The complete survey findings can be found here: https://www.ivanti.com/lp/itsm/assets/s1/pr-itxm-tracking-it-assets-in-spreadsheets.

Methodology

The study surveyed more than 1600 IT professionals. Research was generated by Ivanti in the winter of 2019.

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Ivanti unifies IT and Security Operations to better manage and secure the digital workplace. From PCs to mobile devices, VDI, and the data center, Ivanti discovers IT assets on-premises and in the cloud, improves IT service delivery, and reduces risk with insights and automation. The company also helps organizations leverage modern technology in the warehouse and across the supply chain to improve delivery without modifying backend systems. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit www.ivanti.com and follow @GoIvanti.

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