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Likelihood to Recommend

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)

It's a decent system if you're a pure IT shop and want to become ITIL-aligned. It forces everyone into an ITIL mentality - service level agreements, change management, and asset tracking. It's very rote, for better and for worse. It's not appropriate at all as a customer-facing or non-IT facing self-service tool. You will never get your end users to really understand how to use the interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SPDocKit

The product is second to none in providing an accurate and detailed view of a SharePoint farm, its composition, and its configuration. It is an essential tool for discovery purposes, and it should be used anytime business continuity and disaster recover plans/documentations are being prepared.Since SharePoint doesn't include a "farm clone" method, SPDocKit provides the next best thing in attempts to replicate configuration. It can also be used as a Q&A checkpoint through the use of farm snapshots to highlight differences that exist between two or more environments.
Sean McDonough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
6.0
SPDocKit
Automated alerts and notifications
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
6.0
SPDocKit

Management Tasks

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
6.0
SPDocKit
Patch Management
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
5.0
SPDocKit
Service configuration management
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
8.0
SPDocKit
Software and hardware inventory
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
5.0
SPDocKit

Reporting

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
5.5
SPDocKit
Performance data reports
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
5.0
SPDocKit
Customizable reporting
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
7.0
SPDocKit
Data visualization
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
5.0
SPDocKit
Risk analysis
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
5.0
SPDocKit

Security

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
2.0
SPDocKit
Antivirus and malware management
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
2.0
SPDocKit

Pros

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)

  • ITIL ticketing (incidents, problems, etc.).
  • Change orders.
  • Matching up its asset management system with incidents/change orders.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SPDocKit

  • Discovery. When trying to learn the ins and outs of an unfamiliar SharePoint farm configuration, SPDocKit creates a complete and accurate picture.
  • Documentation. Documenting farm configurations manually is a very time and labor intensive process, so I turn to SPDocKit to automate the process for me.
  • Change Tracking. SPDocKit can take a series of farm snapshots over time, and it can highlight and track differences in configuration and settings from snapshot to snapshot.
Sean McDonough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)

  • The user interface (UX) is antiquated and clunky. Compared to ServiceNow, it feels like it's 15 years behind.
  • It's complicated - We do routine internal training just to get people to use it correctly.
  • It doesn't have an automated way of discovering assets. Everything has to be force-fed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SPDocKit

  • Cloud Readiness. Unfortunately, SPDocKit cannot run against SharePoint Online (SPO) environments due to its reliance on server APIs that aren't exposed in the cloud.
  • Variations. SPDocKit exists in a number of forms for licensing purposes, and not all versions are equivalent. It's sometimes difficult to know what version of the product houses the feature that I want to use, as well as whether or not I'm licensed for it.
Sean McDonough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued) 2.0
Based on 2 answers
We have to hire 2 full-time 3rd-party consultants to run this application. That tells me it's not a very IT-friendly, vendor-supported application. Compare that with, say, SolarWinds, which is much easier for regular IT staff to customize without sacrificing features and capability. Sure, we have to bring in Loop1 to consult for us when we need to do a major SolarWinds config change or need a really unusual custom query built, but we never need more than 10 hours of consulting per month.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SPDocKit

SPDocKit 10.0
Based on 1 answer
SysKit support is second to none. On occasions where I've had questions about any aspect of SPDocKit, I've reached out to SysKit through available channels and usually gotten back a detailed and helpful answer within 24 hours of my request submission. They're also very friendly and supply more information that may be related to my inquiry or problem. I never feel like customer support is an afterthought with SysKit.
Sean McDonough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)

I did not select CA. If it were up to me, I would migrate us to ServiceNow. The user interface on ServiceNow is 100% more modern and 200% more user friendly. With ServiceNow, the front page for end users makes it clear: one button that says "Ask for something" and one button that says "Report a problem". That's what our end users need. The biggest problem we have in our organization is that our end users don't report issues to the Help Desk often enough and rarely ask for things through the Help Desk. A clean, simple self-service option like this would open up a world of new information for our customer service team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SPDocKit

I am unaware of any other product on the market that does what SysKit SPDocKit does. SPDocKit has certainly been doing it the longest, and it offers a unique value proposition and set of capabilities.
Sean McDonough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)

  • It helped make us an ITIL shop.
  • It was integral during our large IT consolidation 10 years ago in merging 10 different IT departments into one by converging on one ticketing system for all IT issues.
  • Its lack of user-friendliness has gated us from being able to deploy a true self-service IT help desk.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SPDocKit

  • The product cost may appear large, but when you compare the cost and reuse of the product to what it would cost in time and effort to carry out its functions manually, the cost is truly a drop in the bucket.
  • Since I operate as a consultant, I consider the SysKit SPDocKit tool essential to the work I do. It allows me to go into new environments, generate a farm report, and use that report as something I provide to the client - as well as for my own purposes.
Sean McDonough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)

General

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

SPDocKit

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
3.0
SPDocKit
10.0

Support Rating

CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
2.0
SPDocKit
10.0

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