Windows 7 Application Inventory – Centralization

Customers are constantly telling us that they find the task of managing their application inventory information to be a real hassle. There usually isn’t one single application owner so you typically end up having a few different sources of inventory information, and sometimes this can be in different formats as well. The other issue is that ultimately, it’s the deployment and support team members who are on the hook for the day-to-day operation of these applications and resources are usually strained.

It makes good sense from a practical point of view to have one copy of your application inventory in one spot, where all stakeholders can access it. When designing AppRx we had those things in mind, and as such it has the ability to host this information in a centralized repository, while gaining access to the data is as easy as logging in from your browser.  You can provide access to this information to anyone in your organization, no matter where they happen to be, and they can create a host of inventory-related reports too.

Inventory centralization makes sense, and is considered a best practice process for a number of reasons. If your testers, developers, deployment/support teams, and application owners are all using the same source of information to go about their tasks, you reduce the number of surprises or miscommunications that can occur with “traditional” methods. Any modifications to the repository by an authorized staff member are reflected immediately and are available for all to see. Enabling a global workflow is another positive created by this method; resources located anywhere in the world can access pertinent information about your IT, make modifications to their piece of the pie, and have them readily available for viewing by another team member on the other side of the planet. Try doing that with multiple spreadsheets.

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