Keep an eye on not only the historical information on vendors, but also on the vendor’s future plans and new changes. Vendors always have goals of their own and will grow to reach those goals. This may lead one vendor to work with other vendors to create new products and services. Vendors may also adopt other organizations or combine with other vendors altogether. The IT Asset Manager should watch for these changes to know how the products or services their organization uses are going to change. Many of the changes are good and make operational use easier, however, this is not always the case.
The International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) is the largest organization providing education, certification and thought leadership to the management of IT as a business. IT Asset Management is the management of hardware, software, mobile and other technology to maximize the value to the organization.