NLYTE survey: Most companies seek real-time view of software, technology assets

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More than 80 percent of technology asset decision-makers say a lack of technology asset management is a key business issue for the C-suite, the latest Nlyte Software survey shows.

Nlyte, which develops software for managing computing infrastructure says the fact that a third (31 percent) of organizations still track it manually, is no surprise.

The study, commissioned by Nlyte and delivered by Sapio Research, also found that almost two thirds (61 percent) of business leaders see a need for a real-time view of their technology and software assets. With over a third (37 percent) of respondents believing they could save 20 percent of their budget by remediating underutilized software, and 39 percent stating they could save their IT delivery teams six to ten percent time in daily business operations – but only if they had a real-time view of the situation.

It’s all about the risk

Despite the apparent priority, the motivating factor behind the decision to implement asset control across the entire technology stack is most likely to come from a cybersecurity breach, according to 29 percent of respondents. And there are stark differences between how managers and senior teams see this as a priority, with C-suite respondents believing that assets are being scanned hourly (27 percent) or daily (35 percent): yet those at manager level are less confident (8 percent and 28 percent respectively).

 

It also seems that the majority (84 percent) of asset decision makers are still concerned about the prospect of a vendor software audit, and as nearly a quarter (21 percent) of respondents face fines – a worrying amount that perhaps comes from an inability to manage processes well, rather than any deliberate misdemeanor.

“Organizations seeking to regain control of the disorderly technology assets proliferating throughout their organization would be advised to consider TAM,” said Robert Neave, cofounder, Chief Technology Officer, and Vice President of Product Management for Nlyte Software. “Across our transnational sample (USA, UK, and France) 96 percent say that hardware and software technology asset control is a top 5 priority for the business, yet this still isn’t being implemented across the board.”

Further findings from Nlyte’s research:

  • 61 percent told us that a real-time view of technology and software assets would enhance their IT innovation to support their business goals.
  • Yet, only 45 percent said that their assets are validated daily (30% do this weekly)
  • 50 percent are tracking assets in their data center – at least a majority (62 percent) are doing so for desktop and laptops
  • 78 percent of the global respondents claimed that up to 20 percent of their assets remain undetected from network scans
  • On average 67 percent of devices have the latest security software and firmware patches, less than half (49%) have a solution that scans and validates all devices; 48 percent of devices are not proactively managed at all
  • 36 percent of C-suite aren’t tracking their edge assets – where the risk of intrusion is highest

Technology Asset Management

Several of the learnings from this research showed that large organizations as a whole have no agreement on a clear vision of what their asset management strategy is for. A lightweight, agentless technology-based solution, like TAM, that isn’t limited to certain vendor platforms or industry protocols removes these headaches. Such a solution allows for the discovery of any and all types of technology assets, compute, storage, network, software, firmware, IoT and more.

Nlyte’s TAM solution delivers a self-aware IT infrastructure by updating CMDB, DCIM, and BMS systems with current assets configuration and location improving efficiency and SLA on change management workflows and to helpdesk tickets. It identifies all things attached to the organization’s network, providing detailed information about location, configuration, and accessibility monitoring for unplanned changes, unauthorized access, vulnerable software, lost and unresponsive assets.

Access the whitepaper here: https://www.nlyte.com/whitepaper/technology-asset-management.

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