According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, in October 2003, 77 million persons used a computer at work. Think of how much that number has changed now with the entry of laptops, tablets and event smartphones. Work isn’t just confined to the hours of 9-5 anymore and the use of a computer solely as the only tool for asset tracking is no longer the norm. Employees are becoming more mobile and finding asset tracking software for desktop computers that can also be used on the go is one of the key components many business are now looking for as they incorporate computer asset tracking software into everyday practices.
As everyone is aware, computers play a critical role in all aspects of business – from communications, data entry and storage, accounting and invoicing, etc. Computers store huge amounts of data that used to fill entire rooms full of file cabinets with loose papers, invoices, and contracts about a company’s assets, customers, and/or business operations. It’s hard to imagine running a business today without a computer and even harder to imagine how businesses actually survived and thrived without one! Today, computers and asset tracking go hand in hand and have made the once mundane and time consuming practice of asset tracking a breeze for companies of all sizes across all industries.
With computers being as valuable as they are, many businesses don’t recognize the importance of tracking these important assets in their overall asset management practices. In many cases, years may have lapsed since the last inventory of their computer assets or many businesses have invested in computer asset management software or computer asset tracking software, but business processes have not been tightened and therefore accuracy has slipped when computers are moved from one place to another and companies aren’t using the software to its full advantage.
As businesses grow, equipment is on the move and the number of assets increases. Companies are finding that it is best to have a specific method for tracking computers in place so they do not lose track of them and lose valuable data — and that also includes laptops, tablets and smartphones. With today’s modern asset tracking systems, practices now go beyond computer asset tracking from a desktop and the loss or theft of these items and the inability to track and keep up with them can cause harm to a business.
Tracking computer inventory is a simple process with the right asset management and tracking tool. When you track your computers (or any other technical tool), you have instant data to vital information on location, usage and maintenance, which can be even more important for budgeting and replacement later down the line. Key elements that computer asset tracking monitors include:
- who actively uses the computer/has ownership
- where is the computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone
- when someone used it and for how long
- when was the last time maintenance performed
- what is the current depreciated value of the equipment
Computer theft is unfortunately a common occurrence in today’s business climate. And the loss or theft of other related items such as laptops, tablets and smartphones is even more common because they are small, valuable and easily removed. When any of these devices are lost or stolen, and are not able to be tracked, it takes away valuable time and money having to reload data, replacing items that can’t be found, the risk of potential security breaches or unauthorized use of data, not to mention insurance issues! Just by the simple task of incorporating computers, and related equipment into asset tracking software can make a huge impact.
Asset Panda is truly one of the best defenses a company can employ against theft and loss for valuable, everyday-use equipment like computers. Powered by free mobile iOS and Android apps that sync with the cloud, Asset Panda provides real-time data, so clients can view the exact location and condition of their computer assets at any time. From a computer desktop or mobile device, employees are able to view details like check-in/check-out status, insurance policy, lease/purchase information, maintenance history, sometimes even GPS coordinates. When companies can monitor all assets, including computers, efficiently and accurately, they have the potential to save money.
Asset Panda was founded on the philosophy that clients should be able to track their assets any way they want. Clients are entitled to an unlimited number of users at no additional cost, which encourages more communication, greater accountability and involvement from all stakeholders.
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