The software also lets you import inventory data from sources such as spreadsheets.
The information is then checked and updated to reflect what’s really installed.
Fortunately, the release of Asset Intelligence 1.5 beta just a few weeks ago marks the best edition of the tool to date.
Version 1.5 has several new features and improvements that make it a much better product than the original, and more extensive than version 1.1, which shipped with SCCM 2007 RTM.
The latest release of Asset Intelligence includes three main enhancements: The connection to System Center Online is a key enhancement that for the first time connects the local on-premise SCCM catalog to an online service in the cloud.
It is probably comforting to know that your inventory and license information are never sent to Microsoft.
Software Asset Management (SAM) is one of those topics that sounds like it’s only relevant if you have thousands of computers, but while it is definitely needed if that’s the case, smaller companies can benefit from it too.
SAM gives you the means to manage your IT infrastructure; to see what’s being used from a software perspective; to make sure you’re only using what you’ve licensed; and equally importantly, to highlight what you’ve paid for but aren’t using.How do you keep track of the software on your computers?If the answer involves an Excel spreadsheet that someone from Accounts dreamed up, then there are products out there that will make life a lot easier, and very probably save you money.What a Microsoft Licence Review means for you and your organisation This guide has been put together to address any questions or concerns you may have about undergoing a licence review with Microsoft.I understand that you will want to know what’s involved, how the process works, what Microsoft would expect from you, and what you will get in return.Asset Intelligence version 1.0 first appeared as part of Systems Management Server 2003 SP3.