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Coming Soon: Inventory and Discovery Tools Review

I am in the process of reviewing nine market leading inventory and discovery tools.

The tentative list of vendors participating in alphabetical order is as follows:

  • BDNA
  • Brainware/Spider (Withdrawn)
  • iQuate
  • FrontRange Solutions
  • HP
  • Nexthink
  • Numara Software
  • Scalable Software
  • ServiceNow

The aim of the research is to showcase best of breed products, highlight key differentiators and innovation in the inventory tools space and give readers of the ITAM Review impartial market intelligence to enable informed purchasing decisions.

There will be no charge for the research.  I am aiming to publish the final results in early September – subscribe to The ITAM Review monthly newsletter to receive a notification when the report is published.

View all updates regarding the Inventory Review here.

About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

Connect with Martin on LinkedIn.


  1. Jason Urban says:


    I believe you are leaving out some of the other excellent discovery tools. Specifically, I would expect that BMC’s discovery technology would need to be included in this review as their auto-discovery and reconciliation capabilities are excellent.



  2. Hi Jason,
    BMC are welcome to join the review should they wish.

  3. Robert Stocker says:

    Martin. Have you come across before or would have any views on eracent as a toolset?

  4. Hi Robert,
    I have certainly heard of Eracent but don’t really hear about them in the market place these days. Again, I would welcome their inclusion in the review.

  5. Charmaine says:

    Hi Martin,

    Is it possible to include our tools : SYNC Pro Inventory Manager & SYNC Pro Scout in this review? We haev been awarded the Microsoft SAM Partner of the Year 2010 in South Africa, and just recently the Microsoft Country Partner of the Year 2011: South Africa. I believe our product(s) is a very strong contender!

  6. Hi Charmaine – sure, I’ve dropped you an email.

  7. Theresa says:

    Hi Martin

    Will you be reviewing the CA IT Client Manager, Asset Management and their add-on module for Software Compliance Manager?

  8. Tom Birtwhistle says:

    Hi Martin,

    Would it be possible to include Easy Vista from Staff & Line in this review? I’ve heard a lot of good things about the product and am considering purchasing it for an installation of about 800 seats.



  9. Tom & Theresa,
    Thanks for comments. There are no plans to add either of these products but they are more than welcome to join.

  10. Derek Cliff says:

    Why is IBM (Tivoli) not included in this review?

  11. Hi Derek, IBM were invited.

  12. Ed says:

    Excellent. I’m very interested in this subject at the moment and looking forward to reading your findings

  13. Marc Henness says:


    Chris Baczkiewicz, who heads up our ITAM Standards, and Best Practice initiatives, has informed me that you don’t know Eracent very well but are welcoming us for inclusion here.

    Thank you very much for the invitation. I do believe one of our VPs will be reaching out to you shortly.

    While I assure you we are very involved in the industry, and even have employees specifically dedicated to initiatives such assisting in ISO standards for the industry, it is very likely you don’t run across our product on a day to day basis.

    Essentially all or our sales tend to be enterprise wide, and generally to customers with in the 10K+ node networks. It is fairly rare we sell to a single business unit in an organization, or for limited engagement SAM initiatives.

    We simply find our greatest competitive advantage to be in the large enterprise sales, so we concentrate our marketing efforts there.

    Thank you again for your invitation to be included here 🙂

  14. Thanks Marc,
    Message received. I’ll come back to you in due course.

  15. Liam says:

    Hi Martin

    Just wondering how your going with this report?

    Interested in the results of your findings.



  16. I have a hit a few delays, it will be published soon. Thank you for your interest.

  17. Heather Garner says:


    Have been using Flexera for some time now and very happy with the output. A bit surprised it hasn’t been included….

  18. Hi Heather,
    I don’t see inventory as a key strength of the Flexera offering. I will be completing another review of SAM tools later in the year which would be more appropriate for Flexera.
    Thanks, Martin

  19. Santy says:

    Hi Martin,

    I adore your work in this domain. I am interested to know when the results will be published.

  20. Mat says:

    Hi Martin,

    we’re anxiously awaiting your findings – any date regarding when your report will be available ?


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