IT asset management ‘a priority’ for 2009

The majority of IT executives in Britain see better asset management as a priority for the coming year, according to a new report.

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The majority of IT executives in Britain see better asset management as a priority for the coming year, according to a new report.

Some 77 percent said in a survey that making use of configuration management databases was either their biggest priority for the year ahead, or at least an important step to be taken.

Over six in 10 had already begun to implement such databases, also known as CMDBs, to help better understand how they use existing IT assets and to help cut costs. Some 9 percent expect to implement a CMDB in the next year.

Sixty one percent of those carrying out a CMDB rollout said their focus was to improve IT service value, with 29 percent attempting to improve inventory.

The survey, for which 100 IT executives were interviewed, was conducted by IT service management supplier Axios systems.

Barclay Rae, head of consulting at Axios, said the current economic climate had acted as a catalyst for system changes: “With so much change happening, many organisations are beginning to realise that planning is crucial if their IT infrastructure is able to cope. It is for this reason that we are seeing an increasing number of businesses deploying CMDB solutions.”

A report by analysts IDC last November found that UK businesses are struggling with software asset management. The majority of UK businesses surveyed by IDC recognised that poor management of software can expose them to risks including viruses, corruption of data, Trojan horses, external hacking and employee sabotage.