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netViz allows you to track information
about equipment or inventory.
Why is it so hard to keep track of what
you have? First, its painful to use data in its native format -
spreadsheets, database forms or scraps of paper on someones desk. Second,
most of the asset/inventory management systems out there cost an arm and a leg
and take top-dollar consultants months to implement.
The lack of good inventory management
costs industry dearly. A META Group study found that half of surveyed companies
had no data on how their software had changed in the past year in terms of
upgrades, deletions, or new packages. They also found that as much as $70
billion industry-wide (nearly 10% of total IT purchases) could go to wasteful
IT spending, including purchases of unused or underused hardware and
Weve got a great solution - netViz.
Pay attention here, because we think were on to something (so do many of
the organizations that use netViz for asset and inventory management, including
Comsat Argentina, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the Lockheed-Martin team in
charge of the Hubble Space Telescope).
netViz is effective, easy to use, and
costs a fraction of what youd expect to pay. Our software was built on a
simple foundation: Data thats depicted graphically is easier to
understand than data that isnt. We depict the information you already
have with hierarchical, data-embedded diagrams. Youre able to portray
asset information data in whichever way makes most sense to you. Need to update
your netViz information? Its easy: When the underlying information
changes, your netViz diagrams automatically change along with them.
Here are just some of the things you can
do with netViz as an inventory management component of an OSS or stand-alone
- Your company is buying new software that requires
128 MB of RAM. Do a search within netViz to find the workstations that will
need RAM upgrades. View the results in tables or diagrams. Print the
search-results table and send it to procurement. Or alter your diagrams to
flash or change the color of every workstation that needs more RAM.
- Youre a telco and you implement netViz as the
inventory management system component of your operational system support
software. A customer calls to say their line is down, so you use netViz to
graphically see what other customers data links go through that node. You
proactively call them to say youre already working on the problem. Use
netViz to graphically see what other lines are available for rerouting
- Your company gets new equipment and the asset
management information is already sitting in a procurement database. You link
the procurement database to netViz to automate the process of adding equipment.
Heres how: once a requisition is completed, each items details are
automatically brought into netViz. netViz then associates it with the
appropriate graphic, placing it in the receiving-room diagram within the netViz
project. When the equipment actually arrives, drag the object on the screen
from the receiving room to the appropriate office and fill in the users
When you link your netViz projects with
your enterprise asset management data repository, you create extremely
powerful, accurate, and easy to understand documentation that will always
reflect your current enterprise information.