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ManageEngine AssetExplorer

3 Ratings
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Score 8.1 out of 101

Snow License Manager

4 Ratings
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Score 6.1 out of 101

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ManageEngine AssetExplorer

It is perfect for small to medium businesses looking for an inexpensive way to track and catalog all assets in their environment.
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Snow License Manager

If you need to centralize your licensing and subscriptions, this solution will work. If you are running standard computers in an office, this will give you decent utilization statistics. If you have any non-persistent workstations, then it isn't going to be for you. If you aren't running the full packages of some major software, you'll have a lot of work to do to convince Snow that you are in compliance.It is heavily dependent on the data entry quality, so if you have a central person in charge of data entry it will be a good solution. If there are many hands entering license and software data, you may run into headaches.
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Feature Rating Comparison

IT Asset Management

ManageEngine AssetExplorer
6.0
Snow License Manager
Software and hardware inventory tracking
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
8.0
Snow License Manager
License management
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
4.0
Snow License Manager
Asset lifecycle monitoring
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
8.0
Snow License Manager
Contract management
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
5.0
Snow License Manager
Asset relationship management
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
5.0
Snow License Manager

Pros

  • Asset Discovery
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  • It can track if a software has been used and report back for utilization review.
  • It can monitor and alert on license and contact expiration, which helps eliminate the human factor with manual reminders.
  • There is a lot of flexibility in the software to handle your license information.
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Cons

  • Easier Navigation
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  • The reporting and searching tools are powerful, but are dependent on the person entering the data in a clean, uniform manner. We've had problems that rendered searches, primarily from data issues.
  • The utilization relies on clients writing back at assigned times, we have 'frozen' workstations that don't preserve data. This has led to many problems and manual configurations to get it working properly (and I don't think they all currently are).
  • The software identification can be troublesome. We've had many software 'alerts' that we were out of compliance because part of an application was detected as something else and then didn't match the product. Accuracy is definitely a problem.
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Alternatives Considered

Altiris is very daunting for users that have never worked with it. AssetExplorer was much easier to use for our team that had no experience with asset management.
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The deciding factor for the decision makers was the combination of license management and utilization statistics. Our desktop people wanted the utilization and reporting to be very granular and close to real time. Snow was purchased because they promoted their real time utilization in addition to the license management, alerting and reporting. To my knowledge, only Snow was given a proof of concept before the decision was made.
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Return on Investment

  • Accurate inventory of corporate workstations
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  • Utilization statistics have helped us to eliminate unused licenses and software.
  • The central repository has eliminated the multiple spreadsheets and folders, which also reduced the amount of time our asset manager spends looking up information for others.
  • The computer software mapping has helped our staff during computer upgrades. It allows them to see what software is installed on a current workstation without having to go and inspect the old computer itself. They can now look up the software that needs to be added to the new workstation, saving time.
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Pricing Details

ManageEngine AssetExplorer

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

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