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Score 8.7 out of 100
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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

VNC Connect

VNC Connect works really well on computers connected both within the same local area network and when located outside the office connected via the internet. With VNC Connect, you can remotely access a computer and perform all functions as if you're sitting right in front of it. It also can be used as a training tool to show the person sitting at the computer the steps to take to execute and perform a task. I would not use VNC Connect to remotely access a computer that has the screen left on to perform confidential tasks on it that I don't want others to visually see. Unfortunately, there isn't a method like when you are using Windows Remote Desktop Services where the screen is blanked out to prevent others from viewing your connection.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
VNC Connect
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.3
VNC Connect
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
VNC Connect
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.4
VNC Connect
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.1
VNC Connect
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
VNC Connect

Management Tasks

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

Reporting

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

Security

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

Remote Administration

ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
7.5
Screen sharing
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
9.9
File transfer
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
8.0
Instant message
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
7.9
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
9.0
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
6.2
Over-the-Internet remote session
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
8.3
Initiate remote control from mobile
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
7.6
Remote management of servers & workstations
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
4.7
Centralized management dashboard
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
8.0
Session record
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
7.0
Annotations
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
5.3
Monitoring and Alerts
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
7.0
Multi-platform remote control
ConnectWise Automate
VNC Connect
8.0

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

VNC Connect

  • Visually see their computer screens and the information needed to properly respond to their questions.
  • Transfer files that I might need to work on their financial statements and corporation income tax returns or other reports that they may require. Also to upload files from my computer to update their records.
  • Help train clients to use their own accounting software appropriately while having them see first hand on their screens the use of the software interface and how the data is entered and processed by their software.
William Waks | 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

VNC Connect

  • Its a pretty straight forward product - I would like to see more tools with a "wow" factor.
  • Panel colors are blah - I would like more eye-catching colors.
  • A more consistent look with all platforms - like Mac & PC.
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

VNC Connect

VNC Connect 8.0
Based on 8 answers
VNC is a solid product for the price. It simply works and its reliable across different platforms. Some products state they work well in the Mac environment but don't deliver. This one does what it says. Connections are reliable, but of course, this depends on internet connections. The product works well over wireless connections as well. It delivers on what a remote tool should deliver on. My technicians are happy with the product and customers appreciate the ease of use when letting us connect to their systems. Some also appreciate the remote support while they are multi-task.
Anonymous | 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

VNC Connect

VNC Connect 8.0
Based on 3 answers
VNC Connect is a solid product and our techs are very confident that they can get the job done using it. Reliability is key for us since we have a small support team and many users to support. It also helps keep us in the background more allowing the end-users to multi-task. VNC supports our goal of providing quick and efficient services.
Anonymous | 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

VNC Connect

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

VNC Connect

VNC Connect 8.0
Based on 2 answers
VNC Connect is a reliable product that has been around for a long time. It is reasonably priced and works well in the Mac & PC environment. When you have a small team that supports many users we need tools that we can rely upon and that will get the job done on the first try. Many customers appreciate the quick assistance and can multi-task while our team works on their computer issues remotely. From a customer service point of view, this tool gives us transparency and efficient effectiveness.
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

VNC Connect

VNC Connect 7.0
Based on 2 answers
The training is very informative, quick and to the point. All of the details one would need are present so the user doesn't have to go searching for additional information just to use the application. The layout of the training was also neat and concise, some of the other training sessions for other companies I've done in the past were confusing and not well thought out, this one is much more superior
Matt Medley | 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

VNC Connect

VNC Connect 8.0
Based on 2 answers
No problem at all, love the product.
Michael Mei | 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

VNC Connect

If you do not have a working internet connection, you can rule LogMeIn out as it is not a viable solution! NetSupport is fairly more advanced and has many more capabilities that VNC does not support so this is not a fair comparison!
Miguel Nuñez | 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

VNC Connect

  • VNC Connect has had a positive impact/ROI on our business objectives. Without using VNC Connect, we would have had to hire additional technicians and network admins to keep up with the volume of work. It has been a real benefit to keeping costs down as we do our best to control costs being a public sector government agency.
Richard Russell | 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 Automate Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

VNC Connect

General

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

VNC Connect Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$401
Enterprise$551
  1. per remote computer
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
VNC Connect
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
VNC Connect
8.0

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
VNC Connect
8.0

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
VNC Connect

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
VNC Connect
8.0

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
VNC Connect
7.0

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
VNC Connect
8.0

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