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

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

Like AssetMetrix, WebCensus is based on a subscription model, and within its limits, Tallys PC hardware and software inventory management service excels. The product gathers accurate information quickly and then makes reports available via the Web.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // WebCensus is a good choice for quick inventory projects, such as license compliance checks, or for snapshots of branch-office inventory.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Tally has products such as NetCensus that should be used for permanent, life cycle asset management. WebCensus isnt adequate for large, ongoing inventory management needs.

Accurate results; worked on all test systems the first time through.

Confusing interface left some users idling at machines; cluttered reporting.

Tally Systems Corp., Hanover, N.H.; (800) 262-3877; www.tallysys.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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