Dec 112011
 

In the 2 former articles of this series we have saw OCSInventory and Fusion Inventory 2 software  that can create an asset inventory with your computers hardware and software, they both work with agents on the remote machines that send the information on a central server, where you can see, manage and query these information.

Today i present you GLPI, another French product, that can use both of these Inventory solutions and add on top of them a lot of useful things, like an embedded Ticketing System, a Financial Management for the assets and It has enhanced functions like a job-tracking system with mail notification and methods to build a database with basic information about the network topology.

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Dec 022011
 

This is my second article on this topic, Asset management with opensource tools.
In the first article i’ve published information about OcsInventory NG, a mature French project that recently has released his 2.0 release.

Today we’ll take a look at Fusion Inventory, another French project that has exactly the same goals, but that’s much more recent.

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Nov 262011
 

Today I want to present an open source software created for the asset management OCSInventory, and in the next days i want to post information about Fusioninventory and GLPI.  I will focus on programs that allow you to have an inventory of your hardware and software that allow you to manage everything with discovery tools, reports and alerts, but first let’s see what’s the mean of Asset Management:

From Wikipedia:
Asset management, broadly defined, refers to any system whereby things that are of value to an entity or group are monitored and maintained. It may apply to both tangible assets and to intangible concepts such as intellectual property and goodwill.

Asset management is a systematic process of operating , maintaining, and upgrading assets cost-effectively, (American Associate of State Highway and Transportation Officials)

Alternative views of asset management in the engineering environment are:

  • The practice of managing assets so that the greatest return is achieved (this concept is particularly useful for productive assets such as plant and equipment)
  • the process by which built systems of facilities are monitored and maintained, with the objective of providing the best possible service to users (appropriate for public infrastructure assets)

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