BMC FootPrints vs. Datto Autotask PSA

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BMC FootPrints
Score 6.8 out of 10
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BMC FootPrints is an IT service management (ITSM) solution featuring workload automation.N/A
Autotask PSA
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Autotask PSA is designed as a complete IT Business Management Platform for MSPs, now from Datto (resulting from the Autotask merger with Datto in 2017).N/A
Pricing
BMC FootPrintsDatto Autotask PSA
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Pricing Offerings
BMC FootPrintsAutotask PSA
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BMC FootPrintsDatto Autotask PSA
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
BMC FootPrints
8.1
9 Ratings
1% below category average
Datto Autotask PSA
-
Ratings
Organize and prioritize service tickets9.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Expert directory7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Service restoration6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service tools7.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications10.06 Ratings00 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation9.06 Ratings00 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards9.07 Ratings00 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
BMC FootPrints
7.9
7 Ratings
4% below category average
Datto Autotask PSA
-
Ratings
Configuration mangement7.77 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset management dashboard8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement8.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
BMC FootPrints
9.0
4 Ratings
7% above category average
Datto Autotask PSA
-
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Change requests repository9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Change calendar9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Service-level management9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
BMC FootPrintsDatto Autotask PSA
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(18 ratings)
7.6
(29 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.6
(9 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(4 ratings)
8.4
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
BMC FootPrintsDatto Autotask PSA
Likelihood to Recommend
BMC Software Inc.
BMC Footprints is so well suited to keep the documentation easy to read and find, as same as typification. You can find specific documentation for an audit so fast and export a report using the specific criteria that you need to comply with your boss or audit needs. As I told before, BMC footprints need to be more friendly to the end users because they get lost many times trying to track some ticket or typing documentation.
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Kaseya
In my opinion, Datto Autotask is exceptionally complicated to set up, manage, and use on a daily basis. I would think the target market for this product would be someone managing a team of 20 - 50 people, possibly more. In my experience, for it to run properly you will need to dedicate at least half an FTE to running this product in an organization of that size per month. I would not recommend it for companies with less than 10 people or for companies that value quick communication with their clients. I would not recommend it for companies using Datto's RMM product. The integration exists, but it is clearly a bolt-on. They were not developed together and they are slow to talk to each other. Frequently you cannot add details from RMM sessions into the PSA without manually copying the ticket number, and if the ticket is more than a week old, then you can't even find it with the ticket number.
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Pros
BMC Software Inc.
  • Documentation. We try to reduce the amount of paperwork needed for staff to do their job, so by automating certain tasks, we are able to speed up the resolution process for trouble tickets.
  • Reporting. We'll use the reporting tool to get the number of tickets opened, response times and can go into granular reports.
  • Surveys. When tickets are closed, we automatically send out surveys to end users to get valuable feedback on how we did and what we can improve.
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Kaseya
  • The graphical calculations on time spent on requests, how long they were open for, who worked on a ticket last.
  • Grouping by priority so you can determine easier what needs to be addressed sooner rather then later. This also helps if Account Management has conversations a technician is not aware of so they can prioritize efficiently.
  • The email updates that are sent out to the technicians so they are aware of upcoming or stale tickets.
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Cons
BMC Software Inc.
  • Purpose based configuration- It would be beneficial to see a more purposed based, out of the box, configuration option. For example, if you need PCI compliance, more intuitive reporting would make managing compliance much easier.
  • Initial design and implementation- Don't think that your experience as an IT professional will allow you to stand this system up on your own. To properly configure Footprints and set yourself up for success down the road, get Professional Services with this one.
  • Somewhat behind the times- Service Core is making a huge leap forward with the latest version, 12, but Asset Core is far behind. There are quite a few quirks to how the application works and how it is used.
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Kaseya
  • The GUI is a little dated.
  • Some integrations are limited for not being a Datto product.
  • While not as complex to set up as Connectwise, it definitely requires some serious thought during the initial setup.
  • Email processing could offer more options for parsing keywords and allow for more automation.
  • The mobile app is just not worth using in my experience.
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Likelihood to Renew
BMC Software Inc.
It has been the business decision to go with them and that is what we will do. Going back, this would have not been the choice, but nothing can be done about it now. We are stuck with this application for years to come. Wish there were other possibilities that could be done.
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Kaseya
After using multiple products on the market, Autotask was intuitive and easy to manage.
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Usability
BMC Software Inc.
It's so simple to use and customize however you want. You can create new workspaces and workflows with ease, set up new users, incoming email rules, customize the layout of the forms, and even change the colors and logos. It's just very easily customizable overall. It's also really straightforward to figure out how to use, you really almost don't have to show somebody how to use it. If you just sit them down in front of it and let them look it over, they could figure it out themselves easily.
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Kaseya
The work flow is much better then other competitors
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Support Rating
BMC Software Inc.
I've had no issues with the support for FootPrints. We haven't really had to use them all that much over the years, but when needed they have always been prompt and knowledgeable at dealing with any issue. I've worked with a lot of different support teams over the years, and they have been one of my favorites to work with.
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Kaseya
They are fairly quick at returning a response to a problem and have been able to fix all issues for the most part.
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Alternatives Considered
BMC Software Inc.
I was not involved in the selection process but in my opinion either SQL or Access databases would have worked just as well without the same amount of cost. These two systems would have been much easier to manage and would have tracked the same information in a less convoluted process and expense.
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Kaseya
The portion of Autotask that we've used other companies for prior to using Autotask is the Endpoint Management. The Autotask Endpoint Management (AEM) portal integrates perfectly with their PSA/CRM tools. It's alerting features are much better than the above software as there aren't a bunch of superfluous and unneeded alerts. Instead, it only alerts for things that you specify that you want. Alerts aside, for the PSA/CRM, I don't have much to compare it to as Autotask was the first PSA we tried. It's hard to imagine a PSA having more features or doing a better job than Autotask.
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Return on Investment
BMC Software Inc.
  • It helps us with keeping projects on track, which saves time
  • When someone wants to know about a project, they are able to without calling around
  • I have had a difficult time searching specifics, as how many tickets closed by me in 2021
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Kaseya
  • We were able to identify the profitability of our entire client base.
  • We identified a loss of over 1 million dollars for time unbilled consultancy fees using metrics derived from Autotask.
  • Autotask helped us serve our client base in a professional manner, it's like having an entire department at your finger tips.
  • Autotask is the heartbeat of our operation.
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