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What Sets Jira Asset Management Cloud Apart From Traditional ITAM?

The digital era has revolutionized the way businesses operate. With the advent of cloud computing, remote work, and the proliferation of digital assets, organizations are faced with the challenge of managing a vast array of assets efficiently. Traditional asset management systems, such as manual record-keeping or spreadsheet-based solutions, are simply not equipped to handle the complexities of the digital era. These outdated systems are prone to errors, lack real-time visibility, and hinder collaboration among team members.

Nevertheless, the rapid advancements in technology have brought forth new challenges, yet they have quickly adopted modern solutions. This adaptability means streamlined asset management processes. One such solution that has proven to be a game-changer is Jira Asset Management Cloud.

A Glimpse into Asset Management

For those who are still unsure of the asset management process, here is its short definition. Asset management encompasses the processes and practices involved in overseeing an organization's valuable resources. These assets can be tangible, like machinery or vehicles, or intangible, such as intellectual property or software licenses. As a result, asset management is a critical aspect of any business, regardless of its size or industry. In the digital era, where technology plays a central role in operations, the need for efficient asset management becomes even more pronounced.

At its core, effective asset management is about getting the most out of your resources. By strategically overseeing your assets, you can ensure they're utilized for the tasks they're best suited for, minimizing periods of inactivity. This proactive approach not only optimizes your operations but also extends the lifespan of your assets. As a consequence, your operation implements preventive maintenance schedules and addresses minor issues before they snowball into major problems. These steps will significantly reduce the risk of costly breakdowns and ensure your assets perform at their peak for an extended period.

What Sets Jira Asset Management Cloud Apart From Traditional Asset Management Systems?

In the past, managing assets like laptops, machinery, or furniture relied on paper checklists, spreadsheets, or even manual processes. These methods were inefficient and error-prone, making it difficult to track large inventories, collaborate across teams, or gain real-time insights. This lack of efficiency wasted time, and resources, and hampered proactive decision-making. This introduction sets the stage for a new solution: Jira Asset Management Cloud, a web-based system designed to streamline asset management and improve visibility and control.

Traditional Asset Management Systems

Traditionally, asset management was done manually or using cumbersome spreadsheets. Most of us have tracked a vast inventory with paper checklists and handwritten logs. Those items could be various - from laptops and machinery to vehicles and office furniture. Updating those information would definitely be a time-consuming chore, prone to human error. 

Spreadsheets offered a slight improvement, allowing for basic organization and data manipulation. However, these spreadsheets often became unwieldy with growing asset portfolios, and collaboration across teams proved challenging. 

Consequently, the work of generating reports and gaining real-time insights into asset health was a slow and laborious process. No overview, no maintenance schedules. The severe lack of efficiency wasted valuable time and resources. More importantly, it hampered proactive decision-making regarding asset allocation, upgrades, or replacements.

Jira Asset Management Cloud

While traditional asset management systems often require complex setups and siloed operations, Jira Asset Management Cloud offers a refreshing alternative. Built on the trusted Jira platform, this empowers businesses to manage their assets seamlessly, enhancing visibility and control.

As a Cloud-based solution, Jira Asset Management Cloud is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. This means that team members can update, check, and manage assets regardless of their physical location. This is applicable whether they are working from the office, from home, or remotely from different parts of the world. That is to say, flexibility in working practices is particularly crucial for organizations with multiple locations or those that require mobile access to their asset database.

Read more about the Jira ITSM framework for remote workflow: How Jira ITSM Empowers Remote Workflow | ITSM Insight

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Additionally, Jira Asset Management Cloud is beneficial for the fact that it is integrated with Jira, one of the most powerful platforms to streamline workflow. This relationship can help in tracking and managing physical, IT, and digital assets directly within Jira projects. As a result, it ensures that asset-related tasks and workflows are managed alongside other project activities. This leads to an improvement in asset visibility and control over the entire Jira asset lifecycle.

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Below is a comparison table that contrasts the features and functionalities of Traditional Asset Management Systems with Jira Asset Management Cloud:

Feature Traditional Asset Management Jira Asset Management Cloud
Platform Manual (paper checklists), Spreadsheets Cloud-based
Accessibility Limited to a physical location where records are kept Accessible from anywhere with an internet connection
Collaboration Difficult Easy team collaboration
Data Insights Slow and laborious report generation Real-time insights
Maintenance Scheduling No automated scheduling Enables creation and management of maintenance schedules
Scalability Becomes unwieldy with growing asset portfolios Scales well with growing asset portfolios
Workflow Integration No integration with workflow management tools Integrates with Jira workflow management platform


Case Studies of Jira Asset Management Cloud Applications

Let’s together explore case studies that detail the application of Jira Asset Management Cloud through a Jira plug-in for asset management called AssetIT. We will delve into the possibility of tailoring the asset management workflow for various organizations. The application vary from Jira Software, and Jira Work Management, to Jira Service Management.

For Jira Software:

  1. Scenario: 

A software development team utilizes Jira Software to manage projects. They also have a vast inventory of development machines and testing equipment.

  1. Challenge: 

Tracking hardware assignments, software licenses for development tools, and maintenance schedules becomes cumbersome with manual methods.

  1. AssetIT Solution: 
  • Integrate AssetIT with Jira Software to manage development assets directly within projects. 
  • Track machine allocations for developers.
  • Monitor the resource activity for compliance, and set up specific reports for each of the data audit purposes.

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Reference: AssetIT case study for IT and HR Managers.

For Jira Work Management:

  1. Scenario: A marketing team employs Jira Work Management for project planning and execution. They manage various marketing assets like design software licenses, promotional materials, and event equipment.
  2. Challenge: Manually tracking asset availability, usage history, and expiry dates for licenses creates bottlenecks in project planning.
  3. AssetIT Solution: 
  • Integrate AssetIT with Jira Work Management to gain a centralized view of all marketing assets. 
  • Team members can easily reserve equipment for campaigns.
  • Monitor license expiration dates, and track usage history for informed decision-making. 

License Expiration Alert for IT and HR managers

For Jira Service Management:

  1. Scenario: An IT service desk utilizes Jira Service Management to manage IT requests. They also oversee a large IT infrastructure consisting of servers, network equipment, and user devices.
  2. Challenge: Tracking asset details, troubleshooting issues, and performing maintenance becomes time-consuming without a dedicated asset management system.
  3. AssetIT Solution: 
  • Integrate AssetIT with Jira Service Management to link IT service requests with specific assets. 
  • Technicians can access detailed asset information while troubleshooting issues, schedule preventive maintenance tasks, and track asset history for faster resolution times. 

Integrate AssetIT with Jira Service Management to link IT service requests with specific assets

Reference: AssetIT case study for IT Service Company


In today's digital age, efficient asset management is no longer an option, but a necessity. Jira Asset Management Cloud provides a powerful and user-friendly solution that transcends the limitations of traditional methods. It offers real-time insights, streamlined workflows, and improved collaboration. In a nutshell, Jira Asset Management Cloud empowers organizations to optimize asset utilization and extend asset lifespans. Consequently, it enables them to make data-driven decisions for a more efficient and profitable future.

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