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ManageEngine AssetExplorer

This tool is ideal for use when you have a medium or large amount of assets and you need to have control of them. You can even create a form for those assets so non-IT staff can access it. As an analyst, this tool helps a lot with the inventory task. I think that you will always need a tool like this in your company.
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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
8.5
Snow License Manager
Software and hardware inventory tracking
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
9.2
Snow License Manager
License management
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
7.7
Snow License Manager
Asset lifecycle monitoring
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
9.2
Snow License Manager
Contract management
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
8.1
Snow License Manager
Asset relationship management
ManageEngine AssetExplorer
8.1
Snow License Manager

Pros

  • Track your equipment by model, name, assigned user, serial number, service tag, etc.
  • Report generator in order to have all of the information you need, it can be globally or specify by criteria.
  • It allows us keep two or more sites to identify the location of the IT Assets
  • Get all the software information that is installed on the clients, that allows you to manage the licenses and versions.
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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

  • You can fill the database and link it.
  • You can also add assets that aren't connected with the offline script, I would prefer to get a .exe but this import XML works well.
  • All is handled via the web, I would prefer a GUI standalone client.
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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

I haven't used anything before ManageEngineAssetExplorer.
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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

  • This tool reduces much of the human hours used to go get detailed information, so it has paid itself.
  • Limits the number of assets but you can extend it.
  • This software avoids equipment losses since they are assigned to users and it is controlled.
  • You can calculate depreciation and avoid the wrong investment.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Snow License Manager

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