Understanding Asset Management: Meaning and Benefitsby Lisa Mathew Maximo Asset & Service Management Solution
A company owns assets like property, furniture, transport, stocks, debentures, software, hardware, patents, and goodwill. Companies need to keep a track of these assets so that they know about the assets that they already have, assets it needs and the assets that should be disposed of. The process of planning the acquisition, maintenance, operation, upgrading and disposing of assets is called asset management.
There are companies that offer asset management services and devise an asset management system to help an organization manage its assets in a cost-effective way. They keep a record of all the assets of an organization. When an organization is unable to efficiently monitor its assets, it can take the help of these assets management companies as they make use of asset tracking software to closely monitor assets.
Strategies that are developed for business growth must include an asset management plan as it benefits businesses in several ways. Here are some of the benefits of asset management:
1. A Close Watch On Assets
An organization has a complete record of its assets. It knows when the asset was acquired, how frequently they are used, when was it last upgraded, what is the average life of the assets, when should it be disposed of, and what will be the returns. When an organization has these details, it can develop an elaborate strategy regarding the management of the assets it owns.
2. Enhanced Operational Efficiency
Operational efficiency is achieved when an organization knows what it has and what it needs. Assets management helps an organization ascertain its needs and requirements and match it with what it already owns. An asset manager examines the lifecycle of an asset, anticipate upgrades, and consider maintenance requirement and then decide which asset should be bought, which should kept and which should be eliminated.
3. Accurate Record of Assets
An organization might lose an asset, but there is no information pertaining to this loss. This means that asset is still recorded in the balance sheet and the organization’s asset list. Asset management helps identify such assets and removes them from the record. It, basically, helps create an accurate record of the assets.
4. Helps Plan Investment in Assets
When an organization has an asset management plan in place, it is aware of the maintenance cycle of the asset. It further knows how long the asset will last and when it should be replaced. When an organization has this information on records, it can plan its investment in assets.
Asset management is a critical business process. If an organization plans to hire an asset management team, it should, rather, outsource the task to a credible asset management company and save its time, cost and efforts.
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