Asset Genius, an informatics-based business intelligence solution, is designed to enable laboratories to make effective decisions on how laboratory assets are deployed, utilized and managed throughout their lifecycle, and to help scientists achieve improved productivity from their instruments. Instrument data is captured directly, with no disruption to workflows, and with no user intervention required. The system automatically collects detailed real-time utilization data from any networked laboratory instrument, regardless of the vendor, from simple instruments such as balances to sophisticated instruments with their own data systems, such as chromatography data systems. The platform also addresses non-networked instruments by allowing usage information to be collected manually through an integrated e-form. It can aggregate all instrument data into analysis and visualization reports that provide enterprise-wide insight into utilization metrics.