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

// Executive Summary: AssetMetrix Service"> EWeek Labs // Executive Summary: AssetMetrix Service

Although its reporting features are better overall than those in WebCensus, AssetMetrixs namesake subscription-based inventory management service for PC hardware and software is not quite ready for prime time.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // AssetMetrix is a down-and-dirty inventory tool that should make short-term projects, such as quick checks of the installed base before a version migration, much easier.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Services dont yet have the horsepower to supplant in-house inventory tools, but it may not be long until they do, which will take much of the sting out of maintaining accurate inventories—but at a higher price than traditional systems.

Fast data collection; many interesting reports; can compare inventory information over time.

Tricky configuration on the client; relies on easily outdated file recognition.

AssetMetrix Inc., Ottawa; (613) 244-0235; www.assetmetrix.com

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 csturdevant@eweek.com.

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