Tips & Tricks: Eliminating Manual Discovery Data Entry

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The Device Discovery process begins by first collecting all of the specifications of the known device. This is often done manually by opening the device and visually inspecting the components. Technicians have to move the machine to the work bench and inspect and catalog each component including the details of the hard drive, RAM, processor, motherboard and other components. These details and more can be collected using software that automatically collects this information. These details are extremely valuable, and when fully integrated with an ERP or inventory system it is possible to create an efficient scalable process.

When these details are manually collected it is easy for costly mistakes to occur when human errors are made. It is important to remove human error and to set up as much automation as possible.

The device details are valuable for reporting for certifications and compliance requirements. Leading industry certifications require clear records for all processed equipment. These details are also valuable for inventory purposes. Digitally collecting the specifications reduces the number of touches and provides all the details needed for resale.


Automating disk wiping, validation, device discovery, diagnostics, and imaging is the best way to create an efficient system. Connect the machine one time and gather all the details of that unit digitally.


It is encouraged to use a software that combines all of the functions needed for a single network-booted operational system. Wipe results, hardware notes, and diagnostics should be automatically collected and made available. Boot your hardware over existing infrastructure to automate your way to an efficient and accurate solution.

From the moment a machine is powered on it can begin an efficient process. When set up correctly, these systems typically require minimal maintenance and technician attention. As technology changes things will need to be regularly evaluated and updated. Eliminating manual data entry is the first tip for creating an efficient process.