System Center Configuration Manager Asset Intelligence
Source: Microsoft Tips
Information technology expenditures comprise an increasing portion of IT budgets - IT assets can often account for more than half of an enterprise's total asset base. With the changing nature of today's technology and the complexity of network environments, enterprises find it difficult to track the IT assets they own. Without an accurate record of their IT assets, it is challenging for enterprises to determine if IT is providing value and to meet financial, regulatory and license compliance requirements. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 includes hardware and software inventory and software metering capabilities that help IT organizations understand exactly what hardware and software assets they have, who is using them, and where they are.