The best-case scenario seems to be to employ the use of several discovery tools to pull data so that you have a more complete picture of what’s going on with your software and hardware assets. These tools can approach your assets from multiple perspectives: examining data centers, servers, users’ personal computers or mobile devices, and even usage of cloud-based apps.
Without a clear and comprehensive understanding of the condition of your software and hardware assets, your company will be unable to make strategic and powerful decisions that best steward your current resources. Add to this, your company will be insufficiently prepared in the case of an audit. If your discovery data is lacking, when your software vendors show up for an audit, your company could end up facing fines, lawsuits, or loss of reputation.