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Asset Panda

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Score 9.2 out of 101

Symantec Asset Management Suite

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Score 8.7 out of 101

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Asset Panda

Asset Panda is good for a non profit because you can add any categories to the asset such as funding source, check number, or anything else you may need to track for grant purposes. It calculates straight line depreciation so if you are using a more complex depreciation method it will not calculate this for you.
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Symantec Asset Management Suite

If your organization has more than 50 computers and you have a dedicated IT Staff to manage the software then Symantec Asset Management Suite would be a great fit for your organization. The IT Staff can customize and configure the software and console to fit your organization's direct needs. It will speed up software installations and help to keep your computers running smoothly by applying patches and other necessary software updates in a timely manner. It will also help you manage your asset inventory so you know exactly where each computer is located, its IP address, and the users logging into the machine. If your organization is small and only has around 20 computer users then I would not recommend investing in the Symantec Asset Management Suite. Managing 20 computers is a task that is pretty easy to manage even if you do not have a dedicated IT Staff within your organization.
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Feature Rating Comparison

IT Asset Management

Asset Panda
Symantec Asset Management Suite
9.8
Software and hardware inventory tracking
Asset Panda
Symantec Asset Management Suite
10.0
License management
Asset Panda
Symantec Asset Management Suite
10.0
Asset lifecycle monitoring
Asset Panda
Symantec Asset Management Suite
9.9
Contract management
Asset Panda
Symantec Asset Management Suite
9.4
Asset relationship management
Asset Panda
Symantec Asset Management Suite
10.0

Pros

  • It is great for a non profit organization because you can add any columns you need to the asset. For example, I have added a funding source column to sort different grants that have paid for our assets.
  • Asset Panda provides the depreciation calculation for you.
  • The software is easy to maneuver. It can be easily searched and sorted by type of asset/date or any category you create.
  • You can add and track non depreciable items as well. Reports can be ran for just depreciable assets when needed so this will not interfere with you depreciable asset listing.
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  • One of the features that we use Symantec Asset Management Suite for the most is to push out patches and software updates. We have about 750 computer users throughout Missouri Botanical Garden so when IE or Windows requires a patch fix or update, it would take a long to physically visit each computer here and install those updates. Instead we can set up a job through Symantec Asset Management Suite that will automatically push out the patches or software updates to the computers in our organization at a certain time. The job runs automatically and will generate a report when it's finished if any computers failed to update.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden is considered a "Greeen" organization, therefore we take sustainability seriously and are always looking for ways to save energy. One of the tasks that we have set up as a job in Symantec Asset Management is every evening at 8 pm, it will search for computers that were left on by users and will power them down. This helps us save on energy and allows us to continue our goal of being a sustainable organization. This function also helps when a user is out of the office and needs software installed. The user doesn't have to keep their computer on and waste energy, but instead we can use Symantec's Asset Management Suite to wake the computer up when we are ready to work on it.
  • Another feature that I really like in the Symantec Asset Management Suite is the ability to create a job that will automate software installations. For instance, I have a job set up that will automatically install Office Suite 2016 to a user's computer. I just have to select the job with the Symantec Console, then drag and drop it on the computer number that I need to install it on. Once I drag and drop the job onto the computer number in the console, the command box on the computer where the software is being installed briefly opens showing the computer has received the job and it is running in the background. I refresh the console every so often to see if the job is finished, but the console takes care of everything automatically in regards to the software being installed.
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Cons

  • When entering dates, the first available date is 2005. If you have assets that predate this, you cannot enter an accurate date. This also interferes with you depreciation in the software.
  • We tag all products with an ID number. However we started also adding bar code tags. Since they were both considered an asset IDs, we lost some of ID numbers when we scanned the bar codes. It was too easy to loose data.
  • I use straight line depreciation so this product is perfect for our company; however, if you added other depreciation methods that may attract more customers.
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  • Symantec Asset Management Suite is a really great product for any organization to use for managing their computers. One of the main issues that we run into when using Asset Management Suite are problems with user permissions after updating the software. Whenever we update the software, we have to redo the permissions for users because when they try to log in they get an error stating that they are not authorized to use the software.
  • Other issues that I've seen with Symantec Asset Management Suite are problems with pushing jobs out to computers. For the most part, this function usually runs smoothly, but sometimes, the jobs will not push out to the computers and we have to install the updates ourselves manually. At times it's hard to tell if the job is actually running or not because the console will say that it's pushing the job to the computer, but then it freezes up and the job never actually starts. When you refresh the console, sometimes it will report that the job is running, but it's actually not running at all.
  • Another issue that I've had with Symantec Asset Management Suite is getting the console to run in my internet browser. Whenever I clicked the shortcut link to open the console, IE would give me an error that it needed to be updated and that the console could not run without the update. I updated my Internet Explorer to the latest version, but still could not get the console to run. So I had to uninstall the console, reinstall it, and redo the permissions to get it to work.
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Alternatives Considered

Asset Panda is great for fixed assets or small businesses. I have also used inventory in a retail environment where product coming in and out need to be tracked. I wouldn't recommend it for an extremely high volume business.
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I use Samanage at my new company, and it is much more modern, has more functionality, and is faster/easier to use. However, I am not sure if it would stack up as well in a company the size of my last one. I went from a company of 2,000+ to a company of 350. The need for Symantec isnt there at my new place, but I have liked using Samanage better, regardless. The UI and speed are the breaking factors
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Return on Investment

  • I use this software for a non profit so there is no return on investment. However, it has helped us with grant reporting. Some grants need us to track assets and depreciation that their funds purchased and this software has been very helpful.
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  • Saved cost by tracking license fees of software.
  • Helped manage hardware thereby allotment of hardware in time.
  • Best part was the Audit. Manages audit very well.
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Pricing Details

Asset Panda

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Symantec Asset Management Suite

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