I wrote MachDB for this exact purpose. Had a datacenter of a few hundred machines and needed to keep track of them in a better way than a wiki page. http://www.machdb.org./ It's automated on the back end and presents a web GUI.
Seriously? Why do they expect that line level workers shouldn't act like crooks when it's standard practice for executives? Step back from this article title and realize that crooked executives caused the recession and it makes perfect sense.
Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.