- Use Cases
In my last blog, I discussed some of the challenges for a DIY asset inventory platform leveraging a CMDB. This time around, I’m discussing the “buy” side of the argument.
The first and foremost consideration for buying a cybersecurity asset management platform should be time to value. We often overlook this seemingly simple concept, but how frequently do we see projects that take 12 to 18 months to get off the ground post-purchase?
Time to value (TTV) is similar to return on investment (ROI), which measures the financial return of an investment. However, TTV is instead related to the effectiveness of an investment. For an asset inventory and management tool, effectiveness boils down to mean time to inventory (MTTI). From start to finish, how quickly can an organization obtain and rationalize an asset inventory to inform, improve and/or complete internal processes and workflows?
Using our ubiquitous definition of an asset inventory (complete, contextual, credible, always up-to-date, and unique) we can start to carve up MTTI into smaller segments of time-based functions that make up MTTI in the aggregate.
Below are a few key areas to consider.
How much time and effort will be spent in the design and architectural phase of the solution?
How long does it take to fully deploy the technology to obtain the complete inventory?
How long will it take to analyze and transform asset inventory data into practical, real-world use cases?
Selecting an asset inventory tool should account for a wide range of time and effort-based variables for an organization to understand when their initial spend will result in the actual intended value of the solution.
Many of the traditional asset inventory traditional approaches in the market have a relatively high TTV, leading one to better understand a DIY mentality. If the current tools on the market are incomplete, require a great deal of time and effort, and involve significant integration complexity with other tools, why not leverage the in-house CMDB? This is a logical place to arrive when considering what the market has offered in the past.
Axonius represents a radical paradigm shift to the equation. Axonius’ approach is a fresh method and unique approach to delivering a complete, credible and out-of-the-box usable inventory. As a result, the TTV for an Axonius customer is literally measured in hours and days.