As technology evolves, maintaining visibility across your IT portfolio has become incredibly complex. The transition from locally managed hardware assets to a combination of public and private cloud environments, virtual appliances, and software-defined networks has altered how providers license and monetize their products.
Furthermore, the added complexity of distributed networks, the internet of things, shadow IT, and siloed procurement practices have made effective IT asset management (ITAM) essential for business success in nearly every enterprise customer.
Why ITAM matters?
Despite investing millions of dollars in new technology each year, many enterprise companies face difficulties gaining a unified understanding of their IT infrastructure. They have trouble tracking assets, aligning coverage levels, co-terming their multi-vendor estate, and ensuring compliance with their software subscriptions.
This problem is further exacerbated in global or distributed enterprises, where teams might be buying technology independently of each other with little to no visibility into how the rest of the organization is buying. This siloed approach leads to inefficient management of software and maintenance subscriptions, missed opportunities for increasing ROI and lowering IT spend, and even compliance violations resulting in costly penalties. Our experience shows that this is applicable even when enterprises have centralized procurement or sourcing organizations that help manage their companies’ day-to-day purchasing activities. Furthermore, you can’t measure what you can’t see. Without an automated ITAM solution, companies cannot make informed decisions to maximize their investments, secure their assets, and compete at a higher level. Ultimately, not having an effective ITAM solution can lead to outdated information, underutilized assets, compliance and security risks, and ballooning costs.
Take control of your IT assets with GDTamp
As ITAM is a business imperative for every company, which is why GDT recently introduced a value-added ITAM solution exclusively for our customers: GDTamp. Here’s how GDTamp can help your company optimize its IT investments to accelerate strategic business outcomes.
The new GDT Asset Management Platform (GDTamp) powered by RAY ALLEN, Inc. streamlines technology planning and maintenance across the IT asset lifecycle. GDTamp delivers visibility across your company’s entire technology estate, enabling you to manage all your software, hardware, maintenance subscriptions, and enterprise agreements (EAs) from a single dashboard. In addition, it integrates into relevant OEM systems and GDT’s point-of-sale ordering system, consolidating asset data from automated and manual sources. The result is an easy-to-consume dashboard that provides a single source of truth across your technology portfolio.
The critical differentiator between GDTamp and other asset management platforms on the market today is that we have built APIs and automated connections into our key partner databases. With the initial release of GDTamp, we can offer our customers insights directly from the databases of Cisco, NetApp, Juniper, Palo Alto Networks, and Fortinet.
“GDTamp is transforming the way our customers manage their technology portfolios,” said Kyle Peterson, VP of Sales, West Region at GDT. “It provides actionable insights into common risks and data inconsistencies such as coverage gaps, end-of-support dates, and software under/overconsumption. With GDTamp, our customers can make informed decisions to maximize their investments and reduce IT costs. It’s a must-have for any company looking to optimize their IT estate.”
How GDTamp helps customers?
GDTamp meticulously tracks details such as costs, location, contracts, expiration and renewal specifics, utilization, end-of-support, and more. Customers use GDTamp to gain visibility into asset maintenance expiration and renewability based on end-of-support dates. GDTamp provides actionable insights into common risks and data inconsistencies such as coverage gaps, assets never covered, expired and renewable, and decommissioned. GDTamp informs end-of-support planning, software consumption, and license usage.
One common use case we see is reconciling the assets an OEM shows a customer has purchased against key data points like end-customer purchase order number or line-of-business within the organization. The typical customer might only do this once a year during the time of their annual maintenance renewal. GDTamp dramatically simplifies this process by building and maintaining the single-source-of-truth install base throughout the contract term. We automatically track changes in the OEM install base week-to-week and then work with key customer stakeholders to validate and attribute those changes properly.
Furthermore, unlike other visibility tools, if you catch a potential issue with your data and make a change within GDTamp, we leverage our APIs to push updates into the OEM databases. As long as those changes are not financially implicating, GDT customers can update OEM records directly in our tools without emailing or calling anyone, which we believe is a significant value add for our customers and partners. Visibility is the key to any IT asset management solution, and GDTamp captures data that our customers may not even be aware of.
In summary, GDTamp provides several advantages:
- Increased visibility: Gain single-pane visibility across your technology estate, including location, serial numbers, contracts, expiration/renewal details, utilization, end-of-support, associated costs, and more.
- Improved license and contract management: Avoid costly true-forward or true-up events, prevent EA misuse, and proactively manage consumption.
- Budget optimization: Right-size maintenance spend by identifying over- and under-utilized licenses and assets and other opportunities to lower costs.
- Greater compliance: Eliminate the risk of software license non-compliance by proactively managing software consumption and enforcing correct license usage.
- Reduced downtime: Lower downtime risk by ensuring critical network devices have proper service coverage.
Furthermore, GDT clients who purchase an enterprise agreement (EA) with GDT can access a specialized dashboard that provides visibility into the following:
- EA contract value and cost
- Subscription renewals
- True-forward dates and projected costs
- Licensing usage and consumption metrics
- Areas of underconsumption and overconsumption
Get started with GDTamp
IT asset management is a business imperative your company can’t afford to ignore. GDTamp is a value-added solution exclusively for GDT clients that can help your company make the most of your IT investments and accelerate business success while reducing risk.