AssetMetrix Although built on the same model as WebCensus, AssetMetrix has a long way to go in the ease-of-use and completeness-of-execution departments. It took several attempts to get the AssetMetrix agent to work on machines that use Notes and Outlook. Although the agent attempted to send e-mail messages containing the results of its scans, it couldnt do so until we reinstalled the client mail systems.In addition, the product missed several peripheral components, including a Universal Serial Bus mouse. To its credit, once AssetMetrix was working, the reports were far more interesting and concentrated more useful information onto one page than the reports provided by Tally. We could run reports that showed CPUs by age or by time-zone location. We were also able to compare inventory information over time, something we couldnt do in WebCensus.
We were also underwhelmed by the inventory information gathered by the product. Although AssetMetrix is much speedier than WebCensus, the software relies on rudimentary and sometimes misleading file identifiers when taking inventory.