Why an IT Inventory is Important

Video Blog from DC the Computer Guy


As a small business owner myself, I’ve learned a number of hard lessons. Many of these because I want to do things my own way and figure things out for myself. I imagine it is a common trait among those of us who pour everything we have into our businesses. Over the years, I’ve learned that not every lesson has to be learned the hard way, and I’d like to share an important one.

We all know the importance of product inventories, but I’d argue that having an IT Inventory is just as important, if not more. When you start to dig into what an IT Inventory identifies, you start to see just how vital it is for so many reasons.

Having recently answered questions about the importance of performing an IT Inventory with a new client, I decided to record a video blog to discuss it. Click on the video below to watch.

When it comes to the importance of having an up-to-date and accurate IT Inventory, I could cite a number of reasons, and delve into a great deal of detail on each. For this video blog, I decided to focus on a few reasons why your small business needs one. These are important enough that I wanted to highlight them here.

Budgeting.

I’ve worked with enough clients who get surprised by the need to upgrade technology that I feel it needs to be discussed. A good IT Inventory will include date of purchase, and that is a key component in determining when the hardware will need to be replaced. Computers, servers, and network equipment all have different life expectancies, and it’s rare for a small business to have purchased everything at once. Using an IT Inventory as a guide will help you budget for replacing hardware instead of struggling with surprise replacements.

For more, read about the Technology Lifecycle here.

Security

Between blogs and social media posts, we have a weekly focus on security awareness. The majority of these are aimed at preventing security breaches, and an up-to-date and accurate IT Inventory is one of the most preventative measures you can take. Whether it’s old hardware with vulnerabilities or finding that something is missing that may have critical data on it, taking the time to get that inventory done will definitely be worth it.

For a good read old hardware, take a look at this blog.

Maintenance

Security and antivirus updates are often neglected in small businesses. Performing maintenance is another of those preventive things we discuss a lot, mostly because so many people don’t do it. A part of every IT Inventory we do includes asking questions about maintenance and checking for the last time security updates were completed.

See just how crucial maintenance is in this blog.

As I mentioned in the video blog, every time we take on a new client, the very first thing we do is conduct a full inventory. If you don’t have an up-to-date and accurate IT Inventory, I would strongly recommend you get one done sooner rather than later. If you’re not sure how to get started, you can download our Asset Template here.

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