Getting the most of your asset management with our new advanced search

Have you ever had trouble looking for a device among the hundreds you’re supposed to manage? Maybe you keep track of them using a notepad with all the serial numbers, or maybe you’re just able to recognize one just by looking at them, but hey, it can be done way easier, and we’re here to show you how to do It using the new features of the new Prey advanced search.
Besides offering security to all your devices, our new search options will allow to you keep tabs on all those devices and have them organized, no matter the number, differences or even models your company might have. Yes, it is that good, and all comes from your mobile phone locator.

Scrambled eggs with HAM

Having a better IT asset management isn’t useful just for saving time. Hardware Asset Management (HAM) is a very important part of the job, and being able to make the most out of the different assets is crucial to see a succesful ROI in your department, since you’ll know exactly what is being used and what need repairs, explained David Foxen, a SAM and HAM expert.

Luckily that part is completely covered by us, because if you use all our new tools you’ll have your entire inventory in the palm of your hand.

Better sorting

Thanks to the new UI, those who have more than one device won’t have to search the full list for what they are looking for. Now it is possible to organize it however you want using options you had no idea were already in our system.

Numerous tags will appear assigned to all registered devices. Choices such as OS, Prey version, CPU, brands and others will show up. This way if a specific model is needed or if you’re looking for the ones with a certain software it will be possible to get to them and know where they are using a few clicks.

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Customization

You and I know a lot of the hardware you’re in charge of will follow a similar pattern. After all, they were all probably bought in bulk, so it is normal for them to repeat a model, software, and OS. But you can make these tags your own by creating them based on your own needs.

By writing and assigning your own tags to your devices it will be easier to organize all your devices based on how your organization is set. Do you need to look for all computers in a specific area? Create a tag saying “IT Department” and you’ll have all those devices at once, and using our system you can know where they are and if they are being used. From over a hundred devices you lowered it to less than 20 just by tagging them. Simple yet, effective, right?

We have to go deeper

No, it isn’t an Inception reference. Great movie though, but picture this. Now you have all the computers from the IT department selected, but if we’ve learned something, is that using tags you can be even more specific. Do you want to see only the PCs in the IT department which use Windows 7 and are using an old version of Prey? Boom, you have it. Ready to be updated.

Boom! it asset management is that easy with Prey

Advanced Search

But after all, this is our new search engine, and as such, it maintains this feature. Our advice is to name every single device you’re currently in charge. This way you can just search them having that in mind.
But wouldn’t finding names for almost every single one of them be difficult? Yes, it would be hard, this is why you shouldn’t name them individually, but use a concept that holds them together.
Name all the mobile devices currently in use by the higher ups the Sith, and all the ones used by employees the Jedis. Using this method plus tags you can get an organized and clean management of all the devices using almost zero effort and saving money and time, all while maintaining the tracking and security offered by Prey.

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Nicolas Poggi

Nicolas Poggi

Nicolas Poggi is the head of mobile research at Prey, Inc., provider of the open source Prey Anti-Theft software protecting eight million mobile devices. Nic’s work explores technology innovations within the mobile marketplace, and their impact upon security. Nic also serves as Prey’s communications manager, overseeing the company’s brand and content creation. Nic is a technology and contemporary culture journalist and author, and before joining Prey held positions as head of indie coverage at TheGameFanatics, and as FM radio host and interviewer at IndieAir.