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ConnectWise Automate

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Score 8.6 out of 100

ConnectWise Control

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate is a fantastic platform for managing multiple clients, and I feel this is why it was created in the first place. I have ready complaints about certain components and behaviors in the past online. However, it appears they have fixed these issues in later versions as we have not experienced them. It also has competitive pricing for RMM's for MSP's to use. It could also be used for a single company to manage their environment, but I don't think it was meant for this. There might be other options that are more cost effective, especially if a single company doesn't have hundreds of machines to manage or more.
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control is very well suited to IT teams managing overall infrastructure, both internal and MSP's. It shines as a dependable tool that just plain works. I have already highly recommended it to peers in the industry. It is not suited for providing individual users access to their own machines. Its geared as a tool for IT and less so a tool for end users.
Andrew Haskell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
ConnectWise Control
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.2
ConnectWise Control
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
ConnectWise Control
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.4
ConnectWise Control
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
ConnectWise Control
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
ConnectWise Control

Management Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
ConnectWise Control
Patch Management
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
ConnectWise Control
Service configuration management
ConnectWise Automate
8.7
ConnectWise Control
Software and hardware inventory
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
ConnectWise Control
Policy-based automation
ConnectWise Automate
8.5
ConnectWise Control

Reporting

ConnectWise Automate
7.6
ConnectWise Control
Performance data reports
ConnectWise Automate
8.3
ConnectWise Control
Customizable reporting
ConnectWise Automate
8.2
ConnectWise Control
Data visualization
ConnectWise Automate
7.4
ConnectWise Control
Risk analysis
ConnectWise Automate
6.6
ConnectWise Control

Security

ConnectWise Automate
8.3
ConnectWise Control
Data backup and recovery
ConnectWise Automate
7.2
ConnectWise Control
Antivirus and malware management
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
ConnectWise Control
Adinistraor access control
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
ConnectWise Control

Remote Administration

ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.4
Screen sharing
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
9.2
File transfer
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.6
Instant message
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.2
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
7.7
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
7.6
Over-the-Internet remote session
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.9
Initiate remote control from mobile
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
7.7
Remote management of servers & workstations
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.7
Remote Active Directory® management
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.7
Centralized management dashboard
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.5
Session record
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.5
Annotations
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.8
Monitoring and Alerts
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
7.8
Multi-platform remote control
ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
8.5

Pros

ConnectWise Automate

  • It includes a ticketing system using workflow automation, SLA, as well as performance monitoring and access tickets from mobile devices.
  • Dashboards of the tool show overviews and detailed explanations of KPIs. Your business can also use the custom report writer to generate reports on whatever issue you want.
  • You can use ConnectWise to automate the range of ITIL process, such as: incident management, availability management, change management, service reporting, service-level management, service asset and configuration management, request management, and knowledge management.
Asfer Bin Saleh | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

  • Self-hosted - this is great for me and makes it easy to control my data, which is important for my clients.
  • Mobile Access - being able to quickly diagnose and resolve an issue while on the road is great.
  • Persistent - "always on" connections with screen capture.
  • Great User Interface and chat works exceptionally well.
Jonathan Hanson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Automate

  • The biggest issue for Automate is their support. They seem to be completely overwhelmed. Chat support for simple questions can be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes in the queue. Then when you are connected they are doing little more than creating a ticket that will take days to hear back from them.
  • Patching. The documentation and advice from our implementation person do not match reality. The process of denying a patch is documented, but doesn't work. We were unable to block certain patches from being distributed until we spoke to a specialist about it. He couldn't explain the mis-matched documentation.
  • Speed. Using the Automate client is painfully slow. Very sluggish and non-responsive at times.
David Wertz, CHSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

  • If CWC integrated with more RMM software other than LabTech it would be great as LabTech is way too expensive and convoluted at this point so we discontinued using it in favor of a simpler and much less expensive option.
  • Though it does support multiple monitors well, it would be nice to have the ability to have it automatically pop each remote monitor out to the local monitors if so desired.
  • Right now it uses email for multifactor authentication, I would rather it use an electronic key that can be stored on cell phone or user desktop.
  • The ability for it to automatically login to a Windows desktop would be a big help as well. It will store a username and password but you must manually send a control-alt-delete and then click a button to have it fill. Tying to something like Lastpass along with an autologin feature would be great.
Mike Vaughan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Support and the Speed of supporting the latest technology is the main reason for not giving this a 10. But the product is powerful and flexible. The best way that I can sum it up is "You can get out of it what you put in to it"
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.8
Based on 38 answers
I would recommend this product for both internal remote control of end user workstations and remote access to other clients over the internet. It provides a secure and feature rich product that allows me to complete any necessary tasks without ever leaving the office. I will continue to renew as I'm eager to see what they do next. I would however wish the cloud service had a better API to work in conjunction with team collaboration or chat services to make it easier to connect with end users who use multiple workstations. (Slack or Stride provide this functionality)
Craig Lockley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.2
Based on 3 answers
The UI is pretty confusing. There are Right-clicks, ctrl+clicks, Shift clicks, it's all very convoluted. With the latest gussying up, it's now arguably prettier, but very slow... I dread using it now...
Scott Sanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.3
Based on 28 answers
On the whole SC is a very powerful tool that is a vital part of the IT service arsenal. On-site visits are an "emergency" only type of scenario. Just "showing your face" is not winning any browny points for me. If my client sees my face, it's usually just to upgrade hardware or to deal other aspects of business. SC provides me and my client the bulk of the info I need to get projects done.
Sam Segura | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Automate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 9.0
Based on 4 answers
The past 45 days, only had one outage that lasted about 15 minutes. NOT TOO SHABBY! There have been some unexpected reboots and moves but not a show stopper in any way.
Sam Segura | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.0
Based on 4 answers
It used to be great, but then they broke reporting, speed and responsiveness with version 11 and the new Patch Manager. It's really bad and their support people are way behind on fixing so many bugs. They have really gone downhill. If they don't get it together soon, we'll start looking around.
Ian Hansen | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 7.9
Based on 8 answers
It performs well. It also has full control over windows security and does not get hung up like GoToMeeting when trying to install remote software at the prompt to install as admin / override. I have used TeamViewer, WebEx, LogMeIn and GoToMeeting. This is by far the best at spontaneous, remote control. It is also very easy to get a novice user connected to the session.
Tresha Ivey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.9
Based on 14 answers
Most of the time their support is good for smaller things. They have a chat assist which is a nice function. When you run into a larger issue or an issue with an integration the support becomes less reliable and inconsistent. Generally your wait time on chat is under 5 minutes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 6.2
Based on 49 answers
There have been two times when something has went wrong and I needed immediate assistance in order to be able to use Screenconnect to be able to help clients and response has not been immediate. The response time has been within 24 hours. Both times if there had been easier to navigate self help I would have been able to help myself. With better self help and a speedier response it would definitely be a 10 as they always respond and help. Just a little more difficult or slow than it should be at times
Bradley Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.1
Based on 2 answers
LabTech online training is very very thorough in training and helping individuals understand the theory and practical side of using a Remote Monitoring & Management. The training has multiple methods of explaining each section which helps to re-enforce everything about the Training Modules. I have had some Engineers lose their interest after a number of modules because they said that it was too much, that was too similar. I've found that the training is tailored towards a technical background but the Sales training does help NON technical individuals familiarize themselves with the Remote Monitoring and Management components and how it relates to Managed Services.
Carson Hagan, ITILv3 | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 7.5
Based on 24 answers
I find ScreenConnect to be very simple and effective overall, with the main problem being that a number of my clients can't download the app due to existing firewalls and so on. Otherwise it does its job well, and I'm happy with it.
Michael Dodd | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Start small and learn the in's and out's before making policies and rolling things out company wide. Ask the questions of why if you don't agree with something or your company does things a different way. Usually they are done a certain way for a reason. Start simple with roll out and slowly enable or add on the functionality that is needed.
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 8.1
Based on 20 answers
ConnectWise has done everything they could to help us in any situation. Great support team and their new updates are always providing features that we need. Its a simple solution that works the way we need it to. Their legacy pricing model is still much better than their subscription based model however it is still fair pricing
Craig Lockley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Automate

We prefer Automate to Kaseya for the customization, scripting and the third party integration.However, we prefer Continuum to Automate for how much time we freed up. We no longer have to maintain Automate services, integrations, etc. We also have reduced our ticket noise by 70%. This fact alone makes Continuum our favorite.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

We selected ConnectWise based on the recommendations of a key contractor and used it in comparison with several other interfaces. It seemed to be the simplest and most effective solution for the problems we were seeing with remote access. We don't have dedicated support personnel or even an IT department, so it helps to keep things simple.
Brad Orfall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

ConnectWise Automate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ConnectWise Control

ConnectWise Control 7.0
Based on 16 answers
As far as I can see there are no real barriers to scaling up - as and when we need more subscriptions, we can add them in with no negative impact to the existing way that we're using the tool
Michael Dodd | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Automate

  • Because using the program is at a very low cost, I have the ability to service any client and provide training to any client if they have a computer.
  • Saves travel time and expenses associated with travel to support/train clients. Also can be done at any time of day because of continual access.
  • Gives the client peace of mind to know that I can access and fix an issue with a workstation any time of the day, weekends, evenings when they are not available etc.
Catherine Zuniga | TrustRadius Reviewer

ConnectWise Control

  • We have been able to increase our response times and support more clients resulting in 35% increase in support revenue
  • The Triggers has allowed us to build a monitoring service that we offer to our clients as a service with recurring fee.
  • It has definitely strengthened existing customer loyalty and has bought us new clients.
David Lloyd | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ConnectWise Automate

General

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

ConnectWise Control

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.6
ConnectWise Control
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
ConnectWise Control
8.8

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
ConnectWise Control
8.3

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
9.0

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
ConnectWise Control
7.9

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.9
ConnectWise Control
6.2

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
ConnectWise Control
7.5

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
ConnectWise Control
8.1

Scalability

ConnectWise Automate
ConnectWise Control
7.0

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