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Inventory & Discovery Tools Group Test: The Results

The results of the Inventory and Discovery Tools Group Test are now live.

The vendors featured in this review are BDNA, FrontRange Solutions, HP, iQuate, Nexthink, Numara Software and ServiceNow.

Please visit this page to view the results.

In summary,

  • The ITAM Review has flipped it’s business model, all information is free to access without registration
  • Inventory and Discovery are fundamental building blocks of ITAM – Inventory should not be viewed as a commodity item – it is important to get it right
  • There is some great technology out there – Innovation in this sector of the market is alive and well.
  • Understand the primary market focus for each vendor so you understand their strategy

Best in Class

  • Best in Class for Mid-Market Size Companies: Numara FootPrints Inventory Manager and Compliance Manager
  • Best in Class for Enterprise Size Companies: ServiceNow Discovery
  • Best in Class – All Tools – Numara FootPrints Inventory Manager and Compliance Manager

Please visit this page to view the results.

Thank you to all the vendors for participating in this process.

Video Overview ~ 25 Mins

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Inventory & Discovery Tools Group Test [The ITAM Review]

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. J Doe says:

    The video is scaled down to 320 and the text is too small to read.

    If one invokes ‘full screen’ , the low 320 resolution makes the text too fuzzy to read. (Not that I don’t mind listening to you, but not being able to read the text is frustrating)

  2. Thanks for the feedback. Agreed, I’ll see if I can do something about this for future videos. Somewhere between it being recorded in HD and being published I get in the way! 🙂
    All images and text used in the video are available here:

  3. J Doe2 says:

    Thank you very much for the webinar!

    It was very informative and gave a good overview of the current tools on the market.
    The only negative thing I can think of is that I would prefer to see more interactivity between slides and speech. It makes it greatly improves peoples motivation to listen and suck up all the information.

  4. Agreed. Thanks for the feedback.

  5. To clarify. The results will be online permanently. A PDF version will follow in the next few weeks – the online version will stay online indefinitely.

  6. Another Reader says:

    Thanks for this Martin – as usual your site is very informative and something the team here use frequently

    The primary driving force behind our choice of inventory collection was how easy it was to deploy. Having tried various tools over the years we had to reach a balance on whether we go for high levels of accuracy on small samples of data or compromise somewhat on accuracy in order to achieve close to 100% deployment. I’m only familiar with a couple of the products you tested but we did find these easy to deploy in an organisation such as ours.

    Would be useful to consider ease of deployment in future tests

  7. I used to read ‘Bike’ magazine when I rode motobikes alot. In this magazine they used to include write ups of different bikes. Rather than riding it round the block or borrowing it for a weekend – the review used to be from using it regularly for 3 – 6 months. When you have ridden a bike for 6 months back and forth to work etc you are truly qualified to review it.

    I believe the same can be said of ease of implementation and deployment of these tools. There is only so much I can achieve within the ITAM Review ‘lab’. To really road test technology from this perspective it needs to be live in a big environment over a period of months. I am open to publish any feedback from any readers they may wish to share but unfortunately it is outside of scope for my reviews.

  8. We are very impressed with the comprehensive review that Martin has undertaken of the inventory management market and the report that he has produced.

    The report evidences the fact that at Numara Software we put a great deal of emphasis on ease of use and flexibility with our products so our customers can be up and running quickly and adding value to their business without the need to deploy an expensive and unnecessary IT infrastructure.

    This is also in part due to our continued investment in and innovation of our products that provides the ability to support current customer issues such as virtual sprawl management, the move to the cloud and mobile device management.

  9. Great article! Always find the information you communicate valid and informative.

    Just wondering why Flexera not included….

  10. I don’t see Flexera’s key strength as Inventory. I will be covering SAM tools shortly and hope to include Flexera.

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