Using RFID to Manage IT Assets

February 28, 2012 — 12 PM to 2 PM EST

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This virtual event will feature an in-depth case study of Cisco Systems' IT asset-tracking solution, one of the largest RFID data-center deployments undertaken to date. Speakers will discuss the use of radio frequency identification in IT asset management to facilitate the ability to track and locate high-value or mission-critical items, anywhere and anytime. Learn how RFID is being utilized to manage IT assets for maximum business value, and gain an understanding of how the technology can extend the visibility and control of such assets beyond active networks and throughout asset lifecycles, thereby avoiding the limitations inherent to employing bar codes or manual tracking methods.

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12:00 PMWelcome and Introduction
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
12:05 PMThe Challenge of Managing IT Assets Across an Enterprise
Cisco Systems has long been one of the world's most sophisticated users of information technology. Managing that infrastructure, from a physical standpoint, can be challenging. The firm considered key policy, process, change-management and technology solutions, including the use of RFID to enable it to quickly identify and locate individual servers and fixed assets. Learn about the project's business requirements, and find out how Cisco ensured they would be met.
Maryanne Flynn, Director, Operations, Cisco Systems
12:35 PMMeeting Software Challenges
Collecting data regarding IT assets is only part of the equation. To be useful, that data must be turned into useful information that can drive business value. Hear how Cisco has worked with RFID Global Solution to create a platform that meets Cisco's need for enterprise-wide visibility of data-center and other IT assets.
Diana Hage, CEO, RFID Global Solution
12:55 PMThe Importance of Business and Systems Architecture
Large enterprises often have multiple ways to track equipment within a company. By taking a business and systems architecture approach, Cisco was able to integrate a variety of methods and systems into one common enterprise-wide view of equipment management.
Sylesh Ballolla Chandrasekhar, Program Manager, Cisco Systems
1:10 PMTag and Hardware Implementation Challenges
Passive RFID is becoming a mainstream method of inventorying IT data-center assets. A successful deployment still requires an appropriate skill level in understanding the use cases, and in selecting, installing and tuning RF hardware. Furthermore, work led by early adopters cooperating in industry groups, such as the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC), have identified more subtle success criteria that are often underappreciated. Learn how a single global tag was developed to track equipment around the world.
George Reynolds, Senior Director Strategic Accounts, Omni-ID
1:30 PMIT Data-Center Asset Tracking: Lessons Learned
In the process of mapping out business requirements for tracking data-center equipment and choosing the technology to meet those requirements, Cisco learned valuable lessons that can benefit other companies looking to track IT assets. Hear about some of the challenges faced, how the company overcame them and the lessons learned.
Lynnee Jimenez, Senior Manager, RFID Deployment, Cisco Systems
1:55 PMClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
2:00 PMVirtual Event Concludes