Global Asset, founded in 2010, provides IT hardware asset management and related services to private- and public-sector customers, especially school districts and higher education. Operations Manager Paul Forres reports that Global Assets now has 30 full-time employees, and that number rises to 60-70 when K-12 schools and colleges trade out their old computer hardware for new equipment in the summer.
The company handles a huge and complex inventory. “They literally bring in container-loads of old equipment,” Forres says. “We’re required to do an inspection on everything. We have to sort through and catalogue. There’s a lot of detail to capture.”
Forres reports that Global Asset staff had to track the inventory through very large spreadsheets. This manual entry of data required a lot of staff time. In addition to wanting to improve the speed and functionality of their inventory and financial systems, Forres says the company management “wanted everyone working off one system” by 2013.