Choosing an asset management software is a surprisingly high stakes endeavor. Pick the wrong tool and the best case scenario is wasted time and headaches. The worst case scenarios range from data breaches to cash flow mismanagement.
To help you avoid these less than ideal outcomes, we'll be taking a look at three of the most popular asset management solutions on the market today:
- Asset Tiger
- Asset Panda
We'll be covering everything from features to pricing to help you decide what's the best fit for your business.
Asset Tiger vs. Asset Panda vs. BlueTally: Key Differences
- BlueTally lets all paid users track unlimited assets. Users can choose to upgrade their BlueTally plans to gain access to advanced features like SSO, integrations, and custom permissions. With Asset Tiger and Asset Panda, paid plans are limited to a set number of assets, with upgrades unlocking the ability to track more assets.
- BlueTally integrates with Slack and Teams. BlueTally’s Slack and Microsoft Teams integrations keep users in the loop with alerts and notifications sent to the relevant channels. Asset Panda and Asset Tiger are limited to email and push notification via their mobile apps (features that BlueTally also supports).
- BlueTally and Asset Panda offer free asset tag generation and printing. With BlueTally and Asset Panda, you can easily generate and print QR codes to tag assets with. With Asset Tiger, you need to buy physical asset tags from MyAssetTag.
- Asset Tiger is free for some MyAssetTag customers. Customers who buy enough physical asset tags from MyAssetTag qualify for free access to Asset Tiger. The plan you qualify for depends on the number of asset tags you buy.
- BlueTally and Asset Panda offer advanced tracking features. Both tools allow you to track consumables, accessories, and components in addition to fixed assets—Asset Tiger and does not.
What Is Asset Tiger?
Asset Tiger is a cloud-based asset management tool with a user-base that includes some big names like Harvard Business Review and Tesla Outbound Logistics.
Asset Tiger was founded in 2012 by the team behind MyAssetTag—one of the leading providers of physical asset tags (QR and NFC) around. Over the years, they've built up a solid user-base thanks to their commitment to transparency, affordability, and flexibility.
Asset Tiger Key Features
Easy Asset Tagging & Scanning
Since Asset Tiger is a product of MyAssetTag, they have an advantage when it comes to asset tagging. You can easily order and print physical tags directly from the platform, or take advantage of their mobile barcode and QR scanning capabilities.
Asset Tracking & Checkouts
Asset Tiger makes it easy to track where assets are, and who has them checked out. You can create checkouts and check-ins with a few clicks, and all the asset data is automatically updated in real-time.
Asset Tiger also has a feature that allows you to set up email alerts for specific events. These emails can be triggered when an asset's warranty is about to expire, or if its maintenance check is overdue. This helps teams keep on top of their asset management tasks and stay organized.
Asset Tiger Pros & Cons
- Unlimited users
- Free for MyAssetTag customers
- Email alerts to track maintenance and warranties
- Easy-to-use mobile app (iOS and Android)
- Interface can be a bit clunky at times
- Poor instructions for more complex features
Asset Tiger Pricing
Asset Tiger has an interesting pricing model. There's a free plan—unlimited users and up to 250 tracked assets. If you want to track more assets, you have two options.
The first is to buy a certain number of asset tags from MyAssetTag per year. For example, buying roughly 500 asset tags will get free access to Asset Tiger's 500 asset plan.
The second is to pay for a plan at a monthly rate set by the number of assets you need to track.
This pricing model makes Asset Tiger a solid option for companies who already buy a lot of asset tags and are looking for an asset management tool to supplement. That said, Asset Tiger doesn't guarantee savings. BlueTally let you print out asset tags for free while still offering cheaper monthly rates.
What Is Asset Panda?
Asset Panda is an asset management platform that helps teams keep track of their inventory and assets. It was founded in 2012, and it's currently used by over 1,000 companies around the world, including The Boring Company, WebMD, and The British Red Cross.
Asset Panda Key Features
Comprehensive Asset Tracking
Asset Panda allows users to track any asset, from laptops and servers to office furniture and supplies. You can also use it to keep track of who has what assets checked out and what the current status is on those assets.
Advanced Relationship Features
Some assets are also related to others in some way. Asset Panda makes it easy to keep track of those relationships with its advanced relationship feature. For example, if you have a tool that needs a proprietary cable, you can link the cable and the tool through the platform.
Asset Panda also has a mobile app (iOS and Android) that makes it easy to track assets and stay up-to-date with asset maintenance through customizable alerts and notifications. The app also supports signature capture, making it easy to approve check-ins and check-outs on the go.
Asset Panda Pros & Cons
- Mobile app (iOS and Android) with barcode scanning support
- CSV import with field mapping
- Modern UI and intuitive features
- Data importation is tedious for mid-sized and larger organizations
- Poor customer support rating
- Lack of report customization
Asset Panda Pricing
Asset Panda lets users customize a plan based on the number of assets they need to track. Asset Panda offers an entry-level 500-asset plan, with advanced plans increasing for every additional 500 assets.
There is no free plan for teams looking to try the software out—you'll need to request a 2-week demo account for that.
You'll also need to request a quote for an accurate price estimate. That said, expect to pay $1,500+ per year for access to the platform.
What Is BlueTally?
BlueTally is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) asset management solution that helps teams track, manage, and analyze their assets in real-time.
Our goal is to make it easier for teams to keep track of their physical and digital assets by offering an innovative set of features at industry-leading prices. Since launching, we've helped companies like Pfizer, MSC Cruises, and Greenpeace streamline their asset management processes and save money along the way.
BlueTally Key Features
Easy Asset Assignment & Tracking
BlueTally allows users to quickly assign assets to team members with the check-in and check-out tracking feature. This eliminates the hassle of manually updating asset lists every time an item is assigned or returned.
The platform can also send automated check-out and check-in notifications via:
This helps teams stay on top of their inventory and minimizes time spent chasing down people and assets.
Detailed Asset Histories & Overviews
BlueTally provides comprehensive asset histories for each item. This includes information on when an asset was last checked out, what it's currently being used for, what team member it was assigned to, and more.
This makes it easy to quickly get an overview of what's happening with an asset without having to dig through stacks of paperwork.
Intuitive Dashboards & Reports
BlueTally also includes intuitive dashboards and reports that allow users to visualize their assets quickly. These features help teams stay on top of what they have in stock, what needs maintenance, and what's ready for checkout or deployment.
All BlueTally plans (including the free plan) offer unlimited user seats and full access to core features. And unlike the other tools on this list, BlueTally doesn't charge for the number of assets you track—all paid plans offer tracking for unlimited assets.
Instead, users upgrade their BlueTally plans to gain access to advanced features like SSO, API access, and custom branding.
Paid plans start at $29/month and max out at $99/month.
BlueTally Pros & Cons
- Real-time asset tracking (with alerts and history)
- Cloud-based platform
- Custom reports, dashboards, fields, and asset statuses
- Tracking for consumables, accessories, and components
- Limited integration options (for now)
Asset Tiger vs. Asset Panda vs. BlueTally: Feature Comparison
Take Control of Your Assets With BlueTally
BlueTally is a comprehensive asset management platform that makes it easy to track what you have, what needs maintenance, and what's ready for deployment.
With real-time tracking features, customizable reports, and intuitive dashboards, BlueTally gives teams the tools they need to take control of their assets and make sure everything runs smoothly.
Sign up for a free trial of BlueTally today and see what a difference it can make in your asset management process.