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Score 8.7 out of 100

Skype

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Score 7.8 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

Skype

Skype is well suited for small offices, interaction with home-based employees, multi-country audio meetings (assuming there is a universal language), one-on-one coaching, or performance appraisal. Low customer assistance center using foreign numbers.It is less appropriate for video conferences where a leader allows many participants to speak, share documents, and interact using their cameras (PC or cell phones) all at the same time. Zoom has taken the lead in this area. It is sad to see that PlaceWare, a pioneer at one time, has lagged behind after Microsoft bought it.
Ricardo G Lopes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Skype
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.3
Skype
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
Skype
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.4
Skype
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.1
Skype
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Skype

Management Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Skype
Patch Management
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Skype
Service configuration management
ConnectWise Automate
8.7
Skype
Software and hardware inventory
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Skype
Policy-based automation
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
Skype

Reporting

ConnectWise Automate
7.6
Skype
Performance data reports
ConnectWise Automate
8.3
Skype
Customizable reporting
ConnectWise Automate
8.2
Skype
Data visualization
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
Skype
Risk analysis
ConnectWise Automate
6.5
Skype

Security

ConnectWise Automate
8.3
Skype
Data backup and recovery
ConnectWise Automate
7.4
Skype
Antivirus and malware management
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
Skype
Adinistraor access control
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Skype

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.7
High quality audio
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.4
High quality video
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.0
Low bandwidth requirements
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
6.8
Mobile support
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.8

Screen Sharing

ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.0
Desktop sharing
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.5
Whiteboards
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.5

Online Meetings / Events

ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.6
Calendar integration
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.5
Meeting initiation
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.8
Integrates with social media
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
6.9
Record meetings / events
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.1
Slideshows
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.8

Online Events Collaboration

ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.3
Live chat
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.5
Audience polling
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.9
Q&A
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.3

Online Events Security

ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.4
User authentication
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
8.0
Participant roles & permissions
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
7.3
Confidential attendee list
ConnectWise Automate
Skype
6.9

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

Skype

  • Skype for Business has grown quite a lot since its days as Microsoft Lync and is now quite nicely integrated with almost facets of Windows and Office (and other Microsoft stuff).
  • It's nice for inter-office communication when everyone's using Active Directory and has Skype for Business running.
  • Skype for Business works well even on non-Windows and/or non-university machines (e.g. personal computers).
Ho'omana Nathan Horton | 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

Skype

  • I find the new interface of Skype very unintuitive compared to previous versions. Every time I am talking with someone I end up clicking on icons until I find the chat area or the screen sharing option.
  • In newer versions of Skype, I've had many issues with audio feedback being slow or interrupted, despite the fact that I have high speed internet. This is extremely annoying if you are trying to discuss difficult and complex topics.
  • Sometimes the video option randomly doesn't work, and I also find it difficult to add people to your Skype phonebook if you don't know their exact Skype username.
Maike Holthuijzen | 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

Skype

Skype 9.4
Based on 5 answers
I think so far there is no reason not to renew the license. We have been using Skype for a long time and are very satisfied with it.
Tejashwi Kumar | 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

Skype

Skype 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Because it's reliable, cheap and requires a low bandwidth during voice and video calling.
sohail ahmed | 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

Skype

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
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

Skype

Skype 7.4
Based on 47 answers
When I have been faced with a specific issue, in most cases, I instantly was able to find the solution in an online FAQ. Also, on Skype I always witness new updates and bug fixes on a regular basis. Still, it is always something wrong with specific details like duplicate text messages or software over installing. As for me, it could be fewer mistakes when we are talking about Microsoft.
Yurii Aliabiev | 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

Skype

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Skype

Skype 10.0
Based on 2 answers
No, It was implemented by third party
sohail ahmed | 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

Skype

Slack, WebEx, and Google Hangouts. Skype is not as fancy as Slack or WebEx, and not as international or widespread as Google Hangouts, however. As I've stated, it really shines in our closed environment and isolated domain. The truth is we have been using a Windows-only domain on our isolated environment and Skype fits very nicely into that. The simple integration into our current setup was easy and fast.
Anonymous | 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

Skype

  • My department does not use Skype in a way that would be seen as generating a return on investment but for what the product does it is a good value.
  • It really closes the distance gap in working with offices that are far away. Conference calls can be so soul crushing, this is a much better option.
  • The only negative impact is that it is not the only video conferencing tool that I use. Given that it is not as strong of a multi user platform I can't say that it may cover every need that every office would have.
Jason Hartigan | 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

Skype

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Skype
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
Skype
9.4

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
Skype
9.0

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
Skype

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
Skype
7.4

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
Skype

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
Skype
10.0

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