Asset tracking, is not a nice to have, it’s an essential process, that’s also known as asset management and it tracks your business’s physical assets. It’s necessary for compliance, maintenance and replacement of physical equipment and product.
Without a system in place theft is a real threat, also the physical assets may break down, cause harm and non-compliance of health and safety rules and gravely impact on the business operations and viability.
Asset tracking also manages your inventory, and it can be time consuming hence the use of real time systems. Therefore asset tracking allows business to overcome multiple challenges, providing a way for companies to become more efficient and improve the bottom line of your business by making the most effective use of available resources to get results.
Asset Tracking Systems, Applications & Tools
Software solutions that facilitate and streamline data collection and analysis are required, and to know what you need, first, do an assets audit.
In order to decide on which software package(s) to purchase to best suit the asset tracking and management requirements for your particular business, you need to define and prioritize fixed assets, which will indicate the what basic requirements your chosen software will have to meet.
Then you need to work out which software package is likely to work best for you bases on what you know. Third, try out the software so you can be sure all the features and applications are necessary or useful for your particular business, before finally deciding which software to buy.
Ensuring that you have the best available information on hand for when you make crucial decisions use a fully integrated, functional and flexible enterprise asset management (EAM) and an application lifecycle management (ALM) system.
An ALM system is an integrated system of people, tools and processes which manage the lifecycle of an application from a concept through to its retirement, just as an EAM is a similar system which manages the maintenance of physical assets throughout each asset’s lifecycle.
EAM on the other hand is used to plan, optimize, execute, and track the required maintenance activities with the relevant skills, priorities information, materials and tools. This covers the design, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance and decommissioning or replacement of assets.
It is thus very difficult to effectively track assets from beginning to end in the absence of these systems.
Track All New Company Assets
Have a system dedicated to identifying every asset that comes into the company to determine those liable to security scares.
“Adding a new fixed asset’s information to a tracking system before the asset leaves the purchaser’s hands is recommended. it ensures that an asset doesn’t disappear before its presence has even been acknowledged.” – Jennifer VanBaren, What Are the Best Tips for Fixed Asset Tracking.
Use Tracking Number System
To avoid confusion, always stick to the number system to track your assets, as it ensures that each asset within your company can be tracked using its own unique number. “Use asset tags like bespoke custom labeling, which can aid in asset management and improve security of a company and its physical assets” says Seareach – experts in security labels and asset tags.
Create An Assets Database
Most assets may be tracked and accounted for during the initial tracking exercise. However, there is a high chance of losing assets if there exists no database on which assets have been recorded. “It’s a good idea to begin by creating a database of your assets. In that way, you can check to see if an asset is already in your inventory database instantly after each scan” – Asset Tracking – Inventory Control Best Practices, codeREADr.
Asset management allows companies to build a more efficient business model. Quality asset tracking can protect and boost the bottom line of a business. Technology has taken the hard work out of it too with EAM and ALM.