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Score 7.9 out of 100
21 Ratings
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate

We heavily rely on it's automation and ability to run script for pushing additional tools and fixes to client end points. However, creating scripts is not particularly intuitive. We have only 1 person on staff that can setup scripts, and we have to use an outside vendor for more advanced work. We recently started using AutoElevate to handle UAC, and we have a script that allows us to push it to new client end points easily.
Erik Metzler | TrustRadius Reviewer

KACE Systems Management Appliance

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
Thayer Ramahi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.4
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
8.4
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.7
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
8.7
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
8.5
KACE Systems Management Appliance

Management Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.2
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Patch Management
ConnectWise Automate
8.0
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Service configuration management
ConnectWise Automate
8.1
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Software and hardware inventory
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Policy-based automation
ConnectWise Automate
8.0
KACE Systems Management Appliance

Reporting

ConnectWise Automate
7.9
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Performance data reports
ConnectWise Automate
8.3
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Customizable reporting
ConnectWise Automate
8.5
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Data visualization
ConnectWise Automate
7.8
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Risk analysis
ConnectWise Automate
6.9
KACE Systems Management Appliance

Security

ConnectWise Automate
7.8
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Data backup and recovery
ConnectWise Automate
6.8
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Antivirus and malware management
ConnectWise Automate
7.9
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Adinistraor access control
ConnectWise Automate
8.8
KACE Systems Management Appliance

IT Asset Management

ConnectWise Automate
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.9
Software and hardware inventory tracking
ConnectWise Automate
KACE Systems Management Appliance
9.0
License management
ConnectWise Automate
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.6
Asset lifecycle monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.9
Contract management
ConnectWise Automate
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.5
Asset relationship management
ConnectWise Automate
KACE Systems Management Appliance
9.3

Pros

ConnectWise Automate

  • Desktop sharing / view with chat to the operator, file sharing and pass-through for keyboard strokes
  • Computer/server monitoring with thresholds and warning
  • Search - tracking down computers when you have many by name, logged in user, IP
  • End user ticket raising is built into the tray icon which make access really easy
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • 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.
Jeff Nickles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Automate

  • They have conflicting scheduling paradigms. When scheduling patching for clients, the 1st Friday is interpreted as the very first Friday of the month, even if this is the 1st of the month. For scripting, the 1st Friday of the month is interpreted as the 1st Friday of the 1st FULL WEEK of the month. This makes no sense to have two different interpretations, and makes it unreliable to schedule recurring scripts to fall when recurring maintenance does. The scripts need to be done manually because of this.
  • There is no way to dictate reboot orders for patch policies. This tied directly in with my first point. We have some clients that require reboot orders. This is not possible without having different patch policies for each server and specifying a time this way. But, there aren't small enough increments of time to make this reliable, plus patching duration might vary. Excluding reboots with patching and scheduling reboot scripts fixes this. However, this can't be done once on a recurring schedule due to the different scheduling paradigms already discussed. We have to schedule these manually each month.
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • 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.
Andy Anschutz | 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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

No score
No answers yet
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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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

KACE Systems Management Appliance 8.5
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.0
Based on 8 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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.2
Based on 26 answers
ConnectWise Automate lets you manage more endpoints, with enhanced productivity and improved service, all without increasing expenses.It can manage patches and updates across thousands of computers. We also use it for customized monitoring and alerting on workstations and servers. Monitoring is really robust and granular. It does a great job of gathering a TON of data about the network, and that data is searchable. There are a bunch of different reports built in. Integrates with Manage, Control, and other applications. It does a ton of stuff out of the box, and has endless customization options.
Asfer Bin Saleh | TrustRadius Reviewer

KACE Systems Management Appliance

KACE Systems Management Appliance 8.4
Based on 6 answers
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.
Anonymous | 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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.3
Based on 2 answers
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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Automate

The Continuum RMM is very simplistic in comparison to Automate. The scripting engine in Continuum doesn't compare at all with the scripting in Automate. Continuum has a single level of agent grouping (all agents for a client are in a single group). For clients that have 100's of endpoints across many locations this gets messy. In Automate, you can create 'sites' under each client and move systems into them to not only organize, but to allow running of scripts on those groups.Unlike Continuum, Automate allows you to dynamically add systems to groups. Each group can be configured to run certain scripts, perform tasks or monitor for something specific. An example would be servers with SQL server. You could add these to a group based on SQL being installed and then monitor for specific SQL related events. The remote control in Automate has proven to be much faster and more reliable than LogMeIn that is used in Continuum.
David Wertz, CHSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

KACE Systems Management Appliance

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Automate

  • We found we were able to provide good monitoring of our customers sites which was an objective. However, that came at a significant time investment that never seemed to be finished.
  • We were able to negotiate a price that worked for us for an up-front purchase which was nice.
  • We found the pricing to be very competitive.
  • Bottom line for us was despite the pros of the product, we found other RMM solutions to be a better overall "value" due to not having to dedicate technicians to maintaining the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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KACE Systems Management Appliance

Pricing Details

ConnectWise Automate

General

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

ConnectWise Automate Editions & Modules

Edition
Implementation Fee$700
Agents$1.00-$6.002
  1. per month/per agent
Additional Pricing Details

KACE Systems Management Appliance

General

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

KACE Systems Management Appliance Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.4
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
KACE Systems Management Appliance

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.5

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
KACE Systems Management Appliance

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
8.2
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.4

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
KACE Systems Management Appliance

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
KACE Systems Management Appliance

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