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app to inventory iOS devices

does anybody know of a good app that can be used to keep track of iOS devices (ipads, ipod touch, etc?) I am looking for something that is realtively low cost to be able to keep track of approx. 40 devices so we can know who has what, for how long, etc.

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Keep track how? Just to know they exist or be able to remotely do some administration like wipes?
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Keep track how? Just to know they exist or be able to remotely do some administration like wipes?
know they exist and who has them - remote administration would be nice, but at this point isn't really needed. I really need to keep accurate inventory. Serial numbers, users who are using them, etc.

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I am only here once every 2 weeks. It wouldn't work. I thought about doing a share point page or something along those lines, but again people won't keep up with it.

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How often do the devices change hands?

Typically a basic spreadsheet or manual log should be sufficient. Have a policy/procedure for updating the document with any changes and assign responsibility to someone to verify periodically. Quite simple in theory and could be as simple in real life.

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Typically a basic spreadsheet or manual log should be sufficient. Have a policy/procedure for updating the document with any changes and assign responsibility to someone to verify periodically. Quite simple in theory and could be as simple in real life.
I don't know, and because I am only here once every few weeks I don't have a good sense of knowing exactly who what and where the device has gone.

I have been told that OSX server can do exactly what I need, but that would mean installing an OSX server which at this point sounds price prohibative. However, given the cost of a mac mini with the Server OS it might end up being the solution that we go with.

I have an automated inventory system in place for the PC's and it allows me to tell my client with a simple report who has what program installed and what license key it is using. I would love to be able to say this ipad last checked out by this person has this app on it with this build date (these are programmers) and ideally, I would like it if this data was automatically collected via an app and stored either on my network or in the "cloud"

a pencil and paper, google doc spreadsheet (seriously, this is a business who uses google docs for a business) or any other manual way simply will not do long term and require far too much of my time (read: clients money) to manage effectively.

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I don't know, and because I am only here once every few weeks I don't have a good sense of knowing exactly who what and where the device has gone.

I have been told that OSX server can do exactly what I need, but that would mean installing an OSX server which at this point sounds price prohibative. However, given the cost of a mac mini with the Server OS it might end up being the solution that we go with.

I have an automated inventory system in place for the PC's and it allows me to tell my client with a simple report who has what program installed and what license key it is using. I would love to be able to say this ipad last checked out by this person has this app on it with this build date (these are programmers) and ideally, I would like it if this data was automatically collected via an app and stored either on my network or in the "cloud"

a pencil and paper, google doc spreadsheet (seriously, this is a business who uses google docs for a business) or any other manual way simply will not do long term and require far too much of my time (read: clients money) to manage effectively.
In that case, you for sure will need something server based. It will be $$$ upfront, but it will pay for itself in short term by not having to do updates manually.

However, the reason for keeping such detailed inventory with PCs is for licensing. With apple products, do you really need that level of info outside of the serial number of the device and who has their hands on it?

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