Getting started

What you can expect

Before starting, understand that building a structured asset repository with a comprehensive asset management system is an ambitious project. It will require buy-in from a number of stakeholders in your organization and some significant time and effort to establish a baseline that will support your objectives.

Once it's set up, you'll be able to:

We recommend that you start small and build a focused system to manage a few key asset types. Take advantage of the ready-to-use forms, workflows, and other resources in the Asset Content pack. Over time, you can gradually include more asset types, track a broader range of attributes, and add automation and other functionality. As you become more familiar with the product, you will discover new ways you can use it to proactively and effectively manage your assets.

Your plans and strategies are likely to continue to evolve, both during the baseline buildout phase, as well as following initial deployment. LANDesk Asset Lifecycle Manager has been designed with this in mind. In fact, the ability of the system to support a state of evolving processes and continuous improvement is one of its most important benefits—you're never locked in to procedures or data structures that no longer meet your needs; instead you can continue to refine and develop the tools as your priorities change and as new needs emerge.

Decide on a strategy

Before you start to create your asset management system and begin to put the power of LANDesk Asset Lifecycle Manager to work, ask yourself a few questions:

Once you have thoughtfully considered these questions and feel you have some direction and a general idea of what you want to focus on as you build your system, you're ready to get started.

A good starting point would be to use the Synchronization tool to import and populate some initial baseline asset data into your asset repository. See Synchronizing asset data.