Stuff you should do in ServiceNow before installing AssetTrack

AssetTrack works best when you have set up ServiceNow Hardware Asset Management properly. Consider the following to determine if you're ready for AssetTrack for ServiceNow.  

  • Spec out the hardware asset reports you need (if not already built). This way we can confirm we have all required data fields accounted for and managed.
  • Create a data dictionary that lists all necessary data fields so stakeholders know where specific data will be stored. This ensure business users, administrators, and AMI are playing to the same sheet of music.
  • Establish model categories with Asset and CI classes set so that:
    • Discovery doesn’t add VMs into your alm_hardware table
    • Cmdb records are created in the correct table when Hardware is added
  • Populate your model table with clean data so that:
    • AssetTrack has known models to reconcile assets against
    • Your asset reporting meets stakeholder requirements
  • Populate the location table in a way that meets reporting requirements.  It isn't overly complicated, has no duplicates, and is easy for your users to navigate.
  • Configure discovery to match existing hardware assets by serial number, and doesn’t create duplicate assets in the Hardware table.
  • Automate advance ship notice imports if you can. This is optional, but if you got ‘em, you should get em imported to make receiving far easier on your staff.

AssetTrack is pretty tolerant and can handle improperly configured ServiceNow. However, by laying the right foundation, you can get so much more value for your money.

AMI provides consulting to assist with the items above. Contact sales@amitracks.com to learn more.

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