IBM Type of audits
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Book to floor audit
In this type of audit, the auditor chooses a selection of assets in the data center. The auditor then attempts to find those assets. The main purposes for this type of audit are compliance and to ensure that no assets are missing. Asset Inventory Management Services for WebSphere Sensor Events supports this type of audit through different search criteria on the asset database.
Floor to book audit
In this type of audit, a room is split into equal sections. The auditor then audits every item in each section without guidance from the existing records. The results of this audit are then compared with the existing records and any anomalies are investigated. The purpose of this audit is to ensure that any new equipment that has been acquired, but not recorded, is found and added to the database.
Many data centers move discarded or retired equipment into a separate holding area and then note the details of the equipment in this area before disposal. Asset Inventory Management Services for WebSphere Sensor Events supports this scenario by allowing the creation of a mass deletion audit. The auditor scans equipment that should be removed from Asset Inventory Management Services for WebSphere Sensor Events with the handheld reader. When the audit is complete, the list of equipment is transferred to Asset Inventory Management Services for WebSphere Sensor Events and the auditor can accept or reject the list.