It just occurred to me that keeping an asset inventory for network printers could be automated by creating an ITAM client agent specifically for installation on the print servers in a school district.
Much like the standard agent will gather information on the computer itself, the Print Server Client Agent could also report information on connected network printers (and possibly other devices, if anyone sees other applications for this concept) as individual assets. This would save a number of labor hours for any district that is either just signing up for ITAM, just beginning to fold their network printers into their ITAM database, or for those who are deploying new network printers within their district.
This may also help to simplify maintenance of the database. For example, you could see how long it's been since the last audit, possibly indicating that a particular printer is offline, or has been removed from service.
As I noted above, there may be similar applications for other types of network devices that I have not considered. I'm interested to see if anybody has any ideas to improve on this concept. Any time you can automate the addition of items numbering in the hundreds to a database is a win in my book.