Hardware Tracking the Easy Way

Hardware tracking can be arduous – if you’re using outdated processes, that is. Some organizations continue to rely on Excel spreadsheets to track their most expensive hardware and other vital assets. Given that much more efficient asset tracking products are available today, it’s time to get out of the dark ages because the benefits of real-time, accurate and customizable data are significant for any organization that makes the leap. The most measurable payoff of a good hardware tracking system is the bottom-line savings of time and money you have the potential to realize, whether you’re a small nonprofit or global brand.

If you’re beginning your search for a new hardware tracking system, you’ll want to keep in mind a number of screening criteria. The first is ease of use. If you’re looking for employee buy-in, you must adopt a system that’s both simple to understand and use. Employees simply don’t have the time to invest in extensive training. You should also be looking for a product that’s completely customizable – one that enables you to organize and manage your assets in the way that makes sense for your business needs. If you find a product that’s rich in features but won’t let you opt out of the ones you don’t need, that’s not the right product for your organization. Additionally, you’d be wise to look for a product that requires minimal equipment to use. A lot of asset tracking products require additional hardware or software to use, and the associated software licenses. All of those “extras” mean a greater expense for you. You shouldn’t be limited on the number of users; some asset tracking products place a cap on users, over which point you’ll pay an additional fee. Another factor you’ll want to consider: Is the tracking system mobile, and is your data in real time? A great deal of business takes place after the workday ends, so you want a product that gives you anytime access to data – not just data that was accurate at 5 p.m., but data that’s up to date even at 2 a.m., on weekends and holidays.

Asset Panda had all of these factors in mind when they introduced the world’s most powerful, yet simple to use mobile asset tracking platform following extensive research, development and testing. This system requires no additional hardware or software to use, only the mobile devices your employees already carry. No separate handheld barcode scanner is necessary. Asset Panda’s free mobile iOS and Android apps include a mobile barcode scanner. From your tablet or smartphone, you have 24-hour access to the entire lifecycle of each of your vital assets. Look up an item’s location, who has it and its condition. Review its check-in/check-out status, insurance policy, lease/purchase information and maintenance history. You can add documents, voice notes, photos and videos to each asset. Generate work orders and schedule maintenance. Easily pull the data your accounting and compliance teams require. You can even use Asset Panda as an enterprise service desk, reducing the volume of support calls you have to handle.

Every Asset Panda account is a premium account, which means every client has full access to the platform’s entire features list. In keeping with the philosophy that clients should be able to track their assets any way they want, clients may pick the features they want, and most of them are customizable, like the custom dashboard and custom notifications, alerts and fields. And while this tool is incredibly powerful, it couldn’t be easier to use. Take your hardware tracking processes to a level of efficiency you’ve never experienced – and save time and money. Visit assetpanda.com for more information, and to start your free 14-day trial.

Courtney Roush

Courtney Roush is a freelance writer, editor, and communications strategist with 25 years of experience. Her favorite discipline is crisis communications – and it’s a highly relevant one in our present times.

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