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Score 8.7 out of 100
26 Ratings
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Score 8.2 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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

In situations in which you have high-end, up-to-date hardware systems, Take Control will thrive. Using the software on older system, or clients that do not wish to update to current OS/hardware, Take Control will suffer.
Kevin Hull | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.3
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.4
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.1
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Management Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Patch Management
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Service configuration management
ConnectWise Automate
8.7
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Software and hardware inventory
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Policy-based automation
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Reporting

ConnectWise Automate
7.6
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Performance data reports
ConnectWise Automate
8.3
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Customizable reporting
ConnectWise Automate
8.2
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Data visualization
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Risk analysis
ConnectWise Automate
6.5
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Security

ConnectWise Automate
8.3
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Data backup and recovery
ConnectWise Automate
7.4
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Antivirus and malware management
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
Adinistraor access control
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Remote Administration

ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
7.9
Screen sharing
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.8
File transfer
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
7.2
Instant message
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.3
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.2
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
6.3
Over-the-Internet remote session
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.1
Initiate remote control from mobile
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
5.6
Remote management of servers & workstations
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.6
Remote Active Directory® management
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.5
Centralized management dashboard
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
9.1
Session record
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.6
Annotations
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.5
Monitoring and Alerts
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
8.3
Multi-platform remote control
ConnectWise Automate
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
6.8

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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

  • Easy to use remote support.
  • Easily and securely access sensitive systems.
  • Easily set-up our end users with the ability to remote access to their own desktops as needed.
Anonymous | 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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

  • Copy and paste functions from the host to a remote desktop is cumbersome.
  • Screen sizing is an issue for lower resolution devices (servers).
Anonymous | 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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

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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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

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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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

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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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

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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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

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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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

No score
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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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Take Control can be accessed through a browser whereas Windows Remote Desktop requires settings on the PC and device to remote into the end device. Installing the end devices application has mostly been a flawless install with limited setting configurations. GoToMyPC has often required a reboot of the end device in order to get it working.
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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

  • Looks professional and the ease of addressing issues raised by the RMM gives clients confidence in me as their provider.
  • Managed Service clients tend to appreciate minimal work interruption, so quick connections that don't require user interaction is great.
Les Klassen Hamm | 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

SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
SolarWinds Take Control (formerly SolarWinds MSP Anywhere)

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