While I do love IT asset management software, sometimes it can be a bit expensive.
But even when it’s not, there (unfortunately) isn’t a one-stop software solution that can fulfill all of your needs.
Still crossing my fingers. Still hoping.
So where to go when you’re operating on a limited IT budget or need customizable options full of tools and features that can help you manage your assets?
Free and open source, of course.
Below, I’ll list the top four great free and open source ITAM software solutions, so that you can stick to your budget and have the freedom to tailor your pick to your needs.
Let’s get started.
This free IT asset management solution has been around since 2002 and is available in both cloud and on-premise (Windows and Linux) flavors. It’s the fifth most popular solution on our Top 20 Most Popular ITAM Software list. However, only the on-premise version is free. Cloud access requires a monthly fee.
With SysAid’s asset management solution, users have access to all the standard features of licensed ITAM software, including the ability to view all software and hardware, as well as the manufacturer details of computers, printers, and other networked devices. SysAid’s Matthew Taylor told me that the free level also offers remote control of devices (including mobile devices) on your network, automatic notifications of asset changes, and the ability to create management reports.
SysAid’s IT Asset Management edition also offers a free, fully functioning IT Service Desk with ITSM capabilities for those interested.
This solution supports up to two administrators, 100 assets, and 100 end users, with an international online community for support.
Capterra reviewers like that it’s feature-rich and a good deal for the price (most people were reviewing the paid version). Many said it was easy to setup and easy to use.
The big drawback is that the free version is on-premise and offers no support. In addition, some reviewers complained about the UI being a little cluttered with all the features. Customer support was a mixed bag. Most people said it was good but a few complained.
Spiceworks is a free ITAM that integrates with your help desk and network monitoring. It’s got a devoted community and a slick interface.
Spiceworks Network Monitor lets you monitor all your servers and SNMP-enabled devices such as routers and switches, and even mobile devices, from one dashboard. Automated email alerts keep you abreast of critical issues. Create custom reports, monitor your licenses, and inventory your cloud subscriptions.
Capterra reviewers love the support, calling it “forward thinking” and “top notch.” And unlike some free options, Spiceworks continually updates and improves its product.
Email integration and UI were the big complaints. One user complained that sometimes Spiceworks doesn’t show the name of the sender from Gmail, meaning they have to locate the sender from their mailbox.
This free and open source ITAM option is written in PHP and has been downloaded 18,000+ times since its creation in early 2013.
This ITAM software solution offers a streamlined user experience with a dynamic dashboard for users to search through, add, update, and delete vendor details or categories. Users occupy two roles (lab operator and administrator), where they can add, update, delete stocks and assign any hardware or software to labs. Assets can also be assigned to others users for delegation.
This option is available for both Windows and Linux.
The last time Asset Management Software was updated was back in 2013 and there isn’t an active support community posting tickets or patches to improve potential flaws.
This free IT and asset management software uses a variety of languages, developed using PHP, and uses MySQL/MariaDB for the database, HTML for the Web pages, CSS for style sheets, and XML for report generation. In 2011, 1.2 million computers reported using this solution.
GLPI includes more than just a management system, also offering a service desk ITIL, license tracking, and software auditing. Through its asset management feature, users can collect an inventory of computers, printers, and other networked devices, as well as track equipment bookings, check equipment status, and manage contracts and documents related to inventory. GLPI can also generate reports for hardware, software, and networked items.
GLPI is also a multilingual solution, with more than 45 operating languages available.
Some reviews have noted installation difficulties, though users can also find support through the software’s forum.
If you do know of any other great free and open source ITAM software options, let me know in the comments below.
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