In talking to a software executive recently who is considering implementing asset management, the subject of asset numbers came up. He seemed startled to learn that best practices in the industry suggest that new, unique numbers be assigned to each asset and represented either by a bar code, RFID tag or both. Why, he wondered, should we add yet another number when we already have so many to choose from: serial number, service tag, mac address, network address, an old tag number from the legacy system, accounting system ID and so on. He shares this notion with many others lacking real world experience with asset management.
The truth is that it is rare that any previously assigned number can be easily used for asset management for one or more of the following reasons:
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