Resolved: Get More from SCCM in 2017

Resolved: Get More from SCCM in 2017

According to Statistic Brain, 45% of the population usually makes resolutions, and their top three resolutions are: lose weight; get organized; spend less, save more. Sadly, 92% do not attain those resolutions.

How do the successful 8% do it? According to the same research, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who skip that important step.

In other words, instead of starting the new year with broad-sweeping announcements like "This year, we're going to get organized," or "Let's make 2017 our best year ever," you must focus and get really clear and specific on your goals — especially your business goals.

In 2017, you may find that many of your business goals can be reached by getting maximum value from Microsoft's SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager). The systems management software can help maximize the value of your software, hardware, and data.

Lose Weight?

It doesn't sound like a typical business goal, but streamlining your organization's IT flow and processes makes good sense. The first step to any reduction or improvement is discovery of what currently exists.

How to start? The SCCM software package discovers servers, desktops, tablets, and mobile devices connected to a network through Active Directory, installs client software on each node, and manages single or network application deployments.

SCCM software integrates seamlessly with your company’s IT environment from start to finish. SCCM installs remotely, eliminating wait time for technicians’ support and updates to applications and software.

xAssets provides full life cycle ITAM arming SCCM professionals with a wide range of functionalities, integrations, and configurations to create a final solution to meet each customer’s specific goals. xAssets takes a holistic view of the requirements to suggest a solution, via configuration changes, in order to add value to your IT system and provide great enhancement to the SCCM data.

Get Organized?

The SCCM suite allows your organization to easily transfer systems and files when re-installing computers, deploying new operating systems, or restoring user profiles. SCCM provides integrated security, which allows different departments to set security protocols, report deviations and incidents, and automatically enforce compliance.

The xAssets IT Asset Management/SCCM Connector™ product provides high value full life cycle capabilities, simple and customizable reports, and quick, simple deployments. An optional agentless discovery tool is also available that discovers and analyzes information not available through SCCM. The xAssets ITAM tool creates a more holistic total view of everything on the network.

Save Money?

Once installed, SCCM helps you manage both hardware and software residing within your IT enterprise. It provides data on unused licenses, as well as which devices need upgraded software. Make sure you are not paying for software that no one uses. Save time (and money) spent on taking inventory by using SCCM to track each device on your system: tablets, cell phones, laptops, and desktops.

The xAssets Network Discovery - Agentless Tool can also discover devices which are not captured in the SCCM database, such as any routers, switches, SNMP devices, firewalls, UPS systems, IP phones, and any PCs which are not accessed by SCCM, such as home based.

If you are ready to get the most from SCCM in 2017, xAssets can help. You can start by visiting our website and getting a free trial of our software asset management solution. Or, feel free to contact me with any questions at barry.long@xassets.com or 800-691-9120 ext. 304.

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