By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-06-25 Print this article Print


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.

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.

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.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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