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Managing inventory

An inventory management system is concerned with the collection of static data from all managed devices in its network. Inventory management provides an easy-to-use functionality for data configuration of each managed device and makes this information available to an inventory system as required. The inventory software is then responsible for the cataloging and sorting of the information received from the different sources. The collected information is related to the individual properties of the object and contains extensive information, such as the installed processor and its type, speed, RAM, BIOS name and date, the software installed on the managed devices and any other custom defined attributes, such as the geographical location, for example, continent, country, town, building and room or company organizational units, such as department, workgroup, and so on. Not all of the preceding, however, are available for all platforms.

The server stores the inventory related data in the database. Therefore values from all computers are available at any time regardless of whether it is currently reachable across the network. But while this information resides in the database it serves no real purpose to you unless it is retrieved and displayed in reports, thus guiding you through the history of your system and helping you to gain a better understanding of what happened in your system. Through a good understanding of past performance, you can prevent problems in the future and ensure efficient operations.

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