Top Trends for Capital Asset Management Going Into 2024

December 19, 2023

Capital Asset Management

Changes in regulations present a continuous challenge for research administration organizations to adapt their capital asset management practices. Increasing complexities of compliance coupled with the strategic allocation of fewer resources have prompted a significant transformation in the field. Heading into 2024, HCA Asset Management illuminates the pressing need for organizations to pivot with agility in response to changing regulations, enhance the precision of asset tracking, and integrate cutting-edge technology into their asset management practices.

Adapting to Regulatory Changes

Compliance mandates are not static; they evolve with the shifting landscape of federal requirements and institutional needs. For instance, proposed changes to the Uniform Guidance and FAR Compliance could significantly affect capitalization thresholds and equipment reporting requirements. As organizations prepare for 2024, it is crucial to monitor these developments closely. Understanding the implications of these changes on day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning is vital. The possibility of an increased capitalization threshold from $5,000 to $10,000 is one such change that could redefine asset management practices across institutions.

The Need for Accurate and Timely Asset Tracking

Accurate asset tracking has always been the cornerstone of effective capital asset management. Amidst increasing audit accountability, there’s a growing need for meticulous record-keeping. In the era of big data, every asset, be it as mundane as a microscope or as unique as customized lab equipment, must be tagged, tracked, and accounted for. This practice not only facilitates compliance and risk management but also directly impacts an institution’s financial health through F&A recovery and budget planning.

For organizations seeking to stay ahead of the curve, asset tracking has evolved from being a reactive, box-ticking exercise to a proactive, strategic operation. 

The Role of Technology in Facilitating Efficient Asset Management

Technology’s role as an enabler of efficient asset management cannot be overstated. Looking forward to 2024, there three clear areas where technology is making an impact, including 

  1. RFID Tracking: Transitioning to RFID technology for capital asset management offers expedited  tracking, enhanced accuracy, and reduced manual labor. RFID asset tagging results in clear ROI through quicker inventory audits, improved asset visibility, and minimized losses. 
  2. Mobile-based Inventory Applications: Efficient capital asset management requires technology that can facilitate easy task assignment and reassignment among personnel. Utilizing a crowd-sourced approach that does not require an app to download can reduce time and technical barriers, enhance operational efficiency and resource allocation in organizational settings
  3. Integration with ERP systems: Technology solutions need to be flexible and scalable to integrate with existing ERP systems. As we gear up for the future, the ability of asset management software and tools to communicate with other systems and facilitate seamless data exchange will be paramount. The advancement in API technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) will further propel asset management systems to new heights of efficiency.

Looking Ahead

As we look towards 2024, the trajectory for capital asset management is clear: institutions must be agile in their response to regulatory changes, meticulous in asset tracking, and innovative in their technology adoption. The incorporation of RFID technology, sophisticated asset management software, and a robust framework for compliance will be the defining trends of the near future.

While technology and processes are fundamental, it’s the collaborative effort of every stakeholder that ultimately fortifies an institution’s asset management capabilities. Institutions that harness current trends effectively will not only thrive in compliance and optimization but will also leverage their asset management as a strategic asset in its own right.