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Score 6.7 out of 100
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Score 7.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Apple Remote Desktop

For a small deployment of macOS, I can see where Apple Remote Desktop could suffice. I can see where a company that is strapped for cash could benefit from a knowledgeable employee using it to automate some tasks. I am not comfortable giving an estimate number-wise.For a large deployment of macOS or iOS, this would be a very inappropriate tool. There are far too many obstacles for an app like Apple Remote Desktop to successfully manage a large fleet of macOS computers or really any number of iOS devices. You simply need an MDM solution in this day and age. This will become increasingly necessary, even in small numbers, but MDM providers have started to provide solutions for customers in these situations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

We use WebEx Support Center in the IT department to support users as well as work with vendors remotely. This applies to physical desktops, laptops, and Virtual Desktops. We have around 200 employees. Most employees work in one of our offices, but we do have at least 5-10 users who are more frequently remote than they are in the office. It helps us remotely access machines we wouldn't otherwise have access to, due to lack of physical access. It's excellent for troubleshooting access problems from users' personal machines, as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

Apple Remote Desktop
7.8
Cisco Webex Support
7.1
Screen sharing
Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
Cisco Webex Support
6.1
File transfer
Apple Remote Desktop
5.9
Cisco Webex Support
6.7
Instant message
Apple Remote Desktop
9.6
Cisco Webex Support
7.5
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Apple Remote Desktop
8.0
Cisco Webex Support
8.9
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Apple Remote Desktop
5.5
Cisco Webex Support
9.3
Over-the-Internet remote session
Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
Cisco Webex Support
6.1
Initiate remote control from mobile
Apple Remote Desktop
2.5
Cisco Webex Support
8.9
Remote management of servers & workstations
Apple Remote Desktop
9.8
Cisco Webex Support
5.0
Remote Active Directory® management
Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
Cisco Webex Support
5.0
Centralized management dashboard
Apple Remote Desktop
4.9
Cisco Webex Support
5.2
Session record
Apple Remote Desktop
6.9
Cisco Webex Support
9.1
Annotations
Apple Remote Desktop
6.0
Cisco Webex Support
7.0
Monitoring and Alerts
Apple Remote Desktop
9.5
Cisco Webex Support
4.8
Multi-platform remote control
Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
Cisco Webex Support
9.3

Pros

Apple Remote Desktop

  • Automator Actions: This is a very cool feature and cost saving as it reduces human effort by automating the workflow of tasks.
  • Curtain Mode: This lets you block your local user's view of the desktop while performing administrative tasks.
  • Spotlight Search: It can perform lightning fast searches on machines using the spotlight search feature of OS X and thus saves a lot of time.
Ravinder Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

  • Simple Remote Access - WebEx Support Center works with either a permanent install or temporary executable, so you don't have to worry about users being particularly comfortable or knowledgeable about software installation. It also doesn't matter if the user is on an account without admin rights, you can still connect and see what's going on using the temporary executable.
  • Robust Access Options - You can take see the user's screen, take control of their screen, send files, and retrieve files. It's a great tool for troubleshooting issues that users might be experiencing and doesn't depend on them being able to find the files that you need to properly troubleshoot their issues.
  • Great performance - Even when users don't have a particularly great internet connection, you can still typically get good results and help them quickly. You're not going to do it over dial-up (if that even still exists for anyone), but it works acceptably well even over very modest DSL or satellite internet connections.
Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apple Remote Desktop

  • I would like to see more included Unix scrips that can be pushed to clients.
  • Inclusion of a way to remote control or screen share with Windows machines would be useful, as I manage a handful of Windows machines. While this would be possible using VNC on the Windows machines, including the ability to connect using Windows terminal connections would be awesome, for me.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

  • During initial setups it can be a little confusing.
  • The look and feel is a little rigid. It feels like it is in need of a smoother UI update.
  • When a new user is introduced to webex and they are asked to share their desktop, it maybe a little difficult for the user to navigate to the correct buttons.
Shawn Oudavanh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We use it on a daily basis and works well in our environment and could see how other Apple owned organizations would benefit.
Brian Sossamon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

Cisco Webex Support 9.1
Based on 3 answers
The Enterprise package we purchased (Event Center, Remote Support, Meeting Center, and Training Center) for 100 users is the same annual price as GoToMeeting for 25 users. We will renew as it is a package deal. If it were just WebEx Remote Support, we would not renew at all.
Zak Gunnells | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 9.7
Based on 3 answers
The user interface is amazing. You don't have to dig in to look for options. It's not overwhelming and yet a powerful utility.
Ravinder Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

Cisco Webex Support 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Honestly, there are people available. But none of them will help you with your issues. They just keep assigning new service engineers who are often clueless.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 5.3
Based on 4 answers
I've never had to get support for ARD, so I can't give a real opinion.
Isidoro &quot;Roy&quot; Jovero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

Cisco Webex Support 6.0
Based on 4 answers
As a user of Cisco Webex Support, I have never had to contact Cisco for technical support as it is a very easy to use tool.
Julio Cesar Lara Favela | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Very quick and easy install with no real issues
Kevin B. Richardson II | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Apple Remote Desktop

I use TeamViewer with users who are having trouble connecting to the VPN. I think TeamViewer is a good alternative when ARD isn't working. However supporting the number of users we support, TeamViewer can come with a pretty hefty price tag.
Eric Kelley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

Logmein GoToAssist
    • Logmein-GoToAssist is the product we used previously and still to some degree use with WebEx Support Center. It was not always reliable and suffered with network congestion but worked quite well for us, we as a team feel that WebEx Support Center is a more reliable and a better overall product. This to me is due to the simplicity of the UI and ease of use as well as the quality of the network performance.
Kaseya with VNC Connect
  • We use within Kaseya for our internally servers and local office users due to cost and efficiency, but it is more intended as console-level access and has a bit more features then WebEx Support Center, however is not good for remote support for our users who travel as it is slow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apple Remote Desktop

  • Apple Remote Desktop has a positive return on investment because for the expense to the school, the value it brings to teachers is important. The return on improved student performance is very difficult to measure financially, but there is a definite return.
  • The overall objective of education is to increase student learning, ARD does that phenomenally. Parents see the tool used and are impressed at what the capabilities of the tool can do and how it impacts how active their students are as well as how well they can learn.
  • One negative impact is that teachers rely too much on this tool rather than on actually teaching sometimes.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Webex Support

  • WebEx Support Center works fabulously for us. We're all a very tech-savvy, experienced team, and WebEx Support Center is an excellent product for that skillset. We can get in and out of a machine quickly to diagnose an issue, with very little effort on the part of the user we are assisting.
  • WebEx Support Center is certainly more expensive than the previous product we had for this, GoToAssist. It is a bit less user-friendly of a UI, but overall performance is better.
  • We use WebEx as our primary collaboration/meeting software across our entire enterprise, as it integrates well with our Cisco DX, MX, and SX video teleconferencing units. Our users are used to WebEx, so using it for support purposes was only logical. The tight integration across a wide variety of products is great form a licensing cost standpoint and UX standpoint.
Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apple Remote Desktop

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Webex Support

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apple Remote Desktop
7.4
Cisco Webex Support
4.8

Likelihood to Renew

Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
Cisco Webex Support
9.1

Usability

Apple Remote Desktop
9.7
Cisco Webex Support
7.0

Support Rating

Apple Remote Desktop
5.3
Cisco Webex Support
6.0

Implementation Rating

Apple Remote Desktop
10.0
Cisco Webex Support

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