BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy) vs. KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
BMC Helix ITSM replaces Remedy. It is a broad suite of ITSM, tools with strong integrations to other BMC tools and in-built ITAM. The product is used mainly by global brands and is offered in on-premise and SaaS configurations.N/A
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Quest now offers the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) as an IT Asset tracking and management appliance (also available as a virtual deployment if hardware requirements are met). Beyond discovery, inventory tracking and license management, KACE emphasizes automating software upgrade distribution with minimal end-user disruption, featuring remote replication for multi-site upgrades and rollouts. KACE SMA may be bundled with KACE Cloud Mobile Device Management (MDM) to form a complete UEM…N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Top Pros
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Features
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
7.5
45 Ratings
8% below category average
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)
-
Ratings
Organize and prioritize service tickets7.544 Ratings00 Ratings
Expert directory7.931 Ratings00 Ratings
Service restoration6.939 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service tools8.943 Ratings00 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications7.034 Ratings00 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation8.143 Ratings00 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards6.343 Ratings00 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
8.6
41 Ratings
4% above category average
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)
-
Ratings
Configuration mangement9.138 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset management dashboard8.938 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement7.731 Ratings00 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
7.7
42 Ratings
9% below category average
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)
-
Ratings
Change requests repository7.942 Ratings00 Ratings
Change calendar8.139 Ratings00 Ratings
Service-level management7.141 Ratings00 Ratings
IT Asset Management
Comparison of IT Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
-
Ratings
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)
8.6
12 Ratings
12% above category average
Software and hardware inventory tracking00 Ratings10.012 Ratings
License management00 Ratings9.011 Ratings
Asset lifecycle monitoring00 Ratings8.010 Ratings
Contract management00 Ratings6.06 Ratings
Asset relationship management00 Ratings10.08 Ratings
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User Ratings
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.3
(50 ratings)
8.0
(12 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
6.5
(3 ratings)
8.6
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(9 ratings)
9.5
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)
Likelihood to Recommend
BMC Software Inc.
Large complex organisation, with complex technology that needs to manage Technology Services. It is very flexible and able to manage a large complex environment but the knowledge required to set this up correctly (foundation data and configuration) is the key factor for success. It can integrate with many other systems and tools and integrate data from many sources - whether that be AWS cloud, or an on premises bespoke system. I would not recommend for a Small Organisation without the resources to set up and maintain the underlying foundation data and configuration.
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Quest
I think it has added value for any organization. It reduced our Tech Support cost by: -Supporting users anywhere -Reducing users downtime as well keep them informed with the status of their tickets -Managing software and hardware actively -Processing automation -deploy mass software installs, patching or updates - Provide approved software's to users to install without IT help
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Pros
BMC Software Inc.
  • Integration with monitoring software like SolarWinds. where Remedy can transform notifications to work orders and assign to respective teams.
  • Detailed Customization capability to fit the exact needs of the organization.
  • Change management calendar, which integrates change orders from all organization departments and facilitates the scheduling process of project managers.
  • It can be offered as a cloud-based service, where you don't need to worry about server maintenance or database backup.
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Quest
  • Inventory: KACE provides a ton of hardware and software inventory information that is easy to search, filter, and export. This is critical when we need to find the answers to questions about how many of such and such we have in our fleet.
  • Patch Management: We were using WSUS before and it was altogether too cumbersome. KACE has given us the power, flexibility, and verification we need to feel comfortable our patches are up-to-date.
  • Service Queue: We made KACE our help desk system and it does everything we need it to do. Great improvement over our old system.
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Cons
BMC Software Inc.
  • The interface (ironically). My company has made an attempt to replace the "classic" Remedy interface with some more functional, modern, but Remedy set to a particular look and feel (and consequently, functionality)
  • The API is hidden from the user: There exists an API for Remedy, that would make my job TONS easier, as I like to perform actions on Remedy in bulk (and therefore - programmatically). Exposing a user API is very much mainstream these days, so Remedy relying on its interface to perform ITIL is very limiting
  • By extension- the result of Remedy's interface is that it becomes very "click-happy": little buttons, and links stuffed into every corner of the screen, with options API logically together. API is old, but it still feels very rushed.
  • The primary tool for most of my ITIL operations is: searching. API of searching goes into finding assets, checking in equipment, finding users, tickets, etc. What Remedy could very much benefit from a "Google" -like interface
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Quest
  • The KACE SMA needs a better way to handle different roles in the software so certain users can access or administrate certain parts of the software, but not the entire software installation.
  • The KACE SMA could improve the ticketing process of projects. The aspects of the title and some information do not always flow down from the parent ticket to its child tickets.
  • The KACE SMA could improve the UI of the software with the addition of different CSS color schemes.
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Likelihood to Renew
BMC Software Inc.
We have been customers of BMC for well over 7 years now and our corporation is tightly integrated with BMC and multiple solutions they offer us.
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Quest
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Usability
BMC Software Inc.
At least Remedy is all contained in a single platform, so the interface is consistent. Also, the most heavily performed functions are generally usable. However, to use some of the more advanced modules can be a bit more cumbersome (such as Change Management and CMDB (Not Including ADDM)). So, overall BMC Remedy ITSM is better than some applications like CA SDM or HP SM, but not quite on par with ServiceNow.
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Quest
Overall, the software is simple to understand and use. That said, most vendors have been slowly updating their user interfaces to HTML5 so that they have a clean updated look and feel. This is where KACE falls short in that the UI is great for a packaged software 10 years ago. This isn't a major limitation as the software is really meant primarily for technology users.
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Support Rating
BMC Software Inc.
The support is good in overall resolving the issues and even in the deployment phase. We are able to use it in production without any trained in-house engineer as the support team gets the job done. We can say that experts completed the deployment for us, and now it is functional.
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Quest
KACE does exactly what you need it to do, it maintains your computer environment. You can set patch schedules, inventory computers, setup software catalogs; basically everything you need to ensure the computers on your network are being actively managed. This is all with little need for constant configuration or updating the setup.
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Implementation Rating
BMC Software Inc.
Satisfied because I didn't have to do it!
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Quest
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Alternatives Considered
BMC Software Inc.
The decision to select BMC Remedy was made prior to my employment. We did conduct an RFC process for a new ITSM platform and BMC was considered but not selected. We looked at several platforms and ended up choosing Ivanti Service Desk (previously LANDESK) due to the features, ease of customization and price.
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Quest
We have selected this software because it rolls several different systems into one. We have a helpdesk system with this and an asset and inventory management system as well. We pay one price for the whole system instead of paying multiple companies different amounts that would have totaled more than we pay for the single system.
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Scalability
BMC Software Inc.
Again, always room for improvement, but a very stable product none-the-less.
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Quest
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
BMC Software Inc.
  • When I was in Management discussion calls, and all the team is happy while using BMC Remedy so I don't find any specific negative impact on our organization.
  • I really enjoy Smart IT as the tool of choice for our incident management team.
  • Visibility of tickets is key. All support staff users can see tickets in consoles they have access to.
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Quest
  • KACE has saved us from having to spend several days of employee hours in crafting DVDs and duplicating them (100+ DVDs)
  • KACE has saved us on the postage required to send out those DVDs for every update (monthly) to all of our customers electronically
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