Likelihood to Recommend
If the organization has a proper CMDB asset record then BigPanda features can be utilized to their true potential as it has alert correlation capability. The alert can be redirected to the proper support team using the auto-share feature. This wouldn't be the case where asset records are not updated and the Operations have to manually assign the alerts to support groups.
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More appropriate for:
Pure Microsoft ecosystem environments (Windows Server and SQL server) and the most common Linux and UNIX platforms. Environments where cost is less of a factor than settling on a single platform for monitoring Environments where the administrators are familiar with the setup and installation of SCOM.
Less appropriate for:
Pure UNIX/Linux shops, especially versions not supported out of the box by SCOM. Shops that cannot afford the engagement to setup/configure and maintain on a continuous basis. Shops that cannot dedicate personnel to the care and feeding of SCOM, especially when supporting larger environments. Read full review Pros Alert correlation feature helps in grouping similar alerts together Alert Enrichment to enhance the data after it arrives on the tool Integration with multiple tools The console is very user friendly and provides ease of administration Read full review Allows us to visualize our systems in a single interface and see the status of health as well as relevant performance metrics. A flexible and powerful interface with active alerting covering domain controllers, SQL servers, etc... Allows you to customize your views and workspaces for specific tasks and needs. Reporting is powerful and flexible. Read full review Cons Tool should have a feature to query the data The dashboard feature needs improvement It should have a dark mode Read full review One of the biggest drawbacks to SCOM is the sheer scope and complexity of the system. This can be a pro and a con. The system is very customizable, what you put into it is what you'll get out of it. That said, the learning curve is fairly steep. An organization needs to be committed to putting time and resources into SCOM to get the most out of it. I've heard stories from colleagues of several different companies that invested in SCOM and then abandoned it due to the excessive time and care required. SCOM is expensive. Not only is the enterprise licensing costly, SCOM requires it's own servers, operational and warehouse databases to be maintained. The OOB SCOM reports are a bit clunky and feel outdated. Read full review Support Rating
We are very pleased with the support provided by the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager team. At first, we were quite hesitant to contact support, but the support team showed a very proactive approach and helped with a bunch of issues which would be much harder to overcome on our own, especially when deploying the platform for the first time.
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TrueSight didn't provide many customization options. The features provided were primitive as compared to BigPanda. TrueSight was being used just for alert visibility and assignment to a proper support group from a single console. Although
had similar features as compared to BigPanda, the user administration and ease of use were a bit complicated. BigPanda provides a much simpler user interface.
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We used Altiris and WSUS and in the beginning Altiris had the better admin interface than SCOM, but it is no longer the case as SCOM has refined their admin interface. Altiris still has better and more robust group assignments for management roles and those two other tools can better manage non Windows OS devices than SCOM but for a large enterprise Windows shop, if you can afford it, SCOM is the way to go.
Read full review Return on Investment BIgPanda is very easy to implement and use Better than the previous tool, provides more functionality BIgPanda's alert enrichment feature very helpful Read full review It has allowed us to provide an Enterprise Event/Alert management solution to the Global company It has taken a long time to get it to provide valuable alerts and information, lots of user resources and investment. It assists with 24/7 monitoring and out of hours support Read full review ScreenShots