6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2018 2:05 AM by icarriere

    CMDB for Contracts, Software, Services, etc

    bvondeylen

      Wondering how others are keeping track of Contracts?

       

      I know I can put in a Purchase Order for a contract, but there is nothing in the Assets > Purchase Orders that will remind me to renew the contract. It would be nice to have fields for TYPE (Software, Hardware, Service) and Reminder Interval (based on purchase date), such as Yearly, Monthly, Every 2 Years, etc. Also a field for # of Licenses which can be used for compliance.

       

      Would also be nice to be able to setup relationships between software and hardware, or between software and services, or between services and hardware, etc that would be tied into Assets, so Asset scanning for software would automatically update the CMDB to let us know that  we are (non)compliant.

       

      I have created a feature request.

        • Re: CMDB for Contracts, Software, Services, etc
          kellytice

          One option would be to track the contracts directly as an Asset record instead of tracking it as a Purchase Order.

          You can create an Asset Type called Contracts and then create any Asset Custom Fields that you might need to store info about those types of assets.
          Any given Asset record has a default field in it "Service contract" which you can just enable and then it will give you a second field in which you can set a contract expiration date.   The system can notify you when that date is approaching.

           

          I believe you could then associate that contract asset record with a PO in the system if you needed to  (but i haven't looked at that in a while, so i'm not 100% on that)

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            • Re: CMDB for Contracts, Software, Services, etc
              bvondeylen

              So then every year, when a new Purchase Order gets created, every Contract Asset would need to be update (removed from the prior PO and added to the new PO).

               

              I suppose that would work, but it would be a lot of work to make it work :-)

               

              And there still wouldn't be any relationship between the Contract and any assets that are using the contract. Same with Software that gets installed on computers. Shows in Assets > Asset Details > Installed Software, but isn't used anywhere else.

               

              Would be nice is each installed Software title would automatically create an "Asset". Then looking at the Software Title Asset, we could see how many installation there were. Have a field called Licenses, and we could then see if we were compliant. From the Software Asset, there could be just the opposite of the Hardware Asset. So instead of "Installed Software", on a Software Asset, there would be "Installed on Computer" list (with clickable links to take you to the Hardware Asset).

               

              Now that would be useful.

                • Re: CMDB for Contracts, Software, Services, etc
                  bvondeylen

                  I just realized that my Hardware "Installed Software" is coming from my JAMF Connection and not from WHD.

                   

                  It would be nice if WHD did what I suggested though and collect data from computers and tablets on what software is installed, and make a connection to a software list.

                  • Re: CMDB for Contracts, Software, Services, etc
                    kellytice

                    Yes, I'd agree that it would be very nice to have the option to convert what's found in Installed Software into asset records with a "software" asset type (or something similar).

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                    It is possible to link assets to each other in a parent/child relationship, so if you have the contract in as an asset record, you could associate "child" assets with that contract...so then you should just have to update the contract asset record if the date of the contract or assocated PO changed.   (but it is true that in that scenario the individual hardware/software assets wouldn't have a direct link to the PO they are indirectly associated with through the contract asset record..

                • Re: CMDB for Contracts, Software, Services, etc
                  cbusse

                  We're looking into how to do this as well. We'd rather not purchase a separate contract management tool, but that may have to be what we do if SW doesn't have a decent way to handle it.

                    • Re: CMDB for Contracts, Software, Services, etc
                      icarriere

                      Web Help Desk is ITIL-compliant IT Service Management software. And so, there is no need to purchase a separate product for contract management.

                       

                      Also, there seems to be some confusion in the discussion above.

                       

                      A purchase order (PO) is not a service contract.

                       

                      - A PO is the offer issued by a buyer to a seller, indicating types, quantities, and agreed prices for products or services. The line items of a P.O. include information

                       

                      - A Service Contract defines the terms and conditions for purchasing goods or services at agreed upon prices.

                       

                      Also, the features requested above already exist in Web Help Desk (as mentioned by Kelly Tice).

                       

                      - The Assets module is the Configuration Management Database (CMDB) in Web Help Desk. The contract can be stored with the Purchase Order in the Purchase Order module or directly attached to the asset. The existence of a Service Contract should be indicated and the Contract Expiration date should be added for each hardware asset.

                       

                      - Software assets should be imported liked any other asset from a spreadsheet or other source. The relationship between software assets and hardware assets is represented with a parent/child relationship in Web Help Desk.

                       

                      The following options should also be configured:
                       

                      Service Contract

                      Assets > Search Assets > Assets No. > Asset Basics > Service Contract

                      Service Contract

                      If checked, denotes that the Asset is under a service contract.

                       

                      Contract Expiration

                      Assets > Search Assets > Assets No. > Asset Basics > Contract Expiration

                      Contract Expiration
                      The date when an Asset’s support contract, warranty or lease expires.


                      Finally, you’ll need to configure these options to receive alerts when the contract expires:

                      Enable Expiration Alerts

                      Setup > Assets > Asset Options > Enable Expiration Alerts

                      Enable Expiration Alerts

                      When enabled, e-mail alerts are sent for the following Asset expirations: support contract, warranty and lease.

                       

                      Alerts are sent one time per Asset -- when an Asset is saved, the sent status is cleared and the alert may be resent.

                       

                      Alert Recipient

                      Setup > Assets > Asset Options > Alert Recipient

                      Alert Recipient

                      Specifies which Tech receives the Asset expiration alerts.

                       

                      Send Alerts

                      Setup > Assets > Asset Options > Send Alerts

                      Send Alerts

                      Specifies how long before expiration to send the alert message.

                       

                      Hope this helps.

                      Regards,

                       

                      Isaiah Carriere

                      Web Help Desk Consultant
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