KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) vs. Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
KACE Systems Management Appliance
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Quest now offers the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) as an IT Asset tracking and management appliance (also available as a virtual deployment if hardware requirements are met). Beyond discovery, inventory tracking and license management, KACE emphasizes automating software upgrade distribution with minimal end-user disruption, featuring remote replication for multi-site upgrades and rollouts. KACE SMA may be bundled with KACE Cloud Mobile Device Management (MDM) to form a complete UEM…N/A
Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security is a suite of applications supporting mobile device and application security, MDM, as well as conditional or privileged access with multi-factor authentication, and advanced security reporting. Products in the suite includes Microsoft Intune mobile device management, Azure Information Protection, Microsoft Identity Manager, Microsoft Cloud App Security, Azure Active Directory, and other ancillary applications.N/A
Pricing
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
KACE Systems Management ApplianceMicrosoft Enterprise Mobility + Security
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security
IT Asset Management
Comparison of IT Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)
8.6
12 Ratings
12% above category average
Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security
-
Ratings
Software and hardware inventory tracking10.012 Ratings00 Ratings
License management9.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset lifecycle monitoring8.010 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract management6.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset relationship management10.08 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(12 ratings)
9.5
(3 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.5
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security
Likelihood to Recommend
Quest
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
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Microsoft
Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security has been ideal for our organization (and would be for any I can think of) for securing user accounts through MFA and admin accounts through PIM. Its end-point management is also great for set-up and configuration as well as management of your devices. It also provides you with useful metrics and feedback on your devices.
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Pros
Quest
  • 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.
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Microsoft
  • Simple pre-packed solution for many popular Microsoft products
  • Advanced threat protection
  • Simplified end user management with Intune
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Cons
Quest
  • 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.
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Microsoft
  • InTune deployment via Hybrid Azure AD. The instructions seem very simple but there are lots of little areas you can get tripped up and there is little logging to see where you've gone wrong.
  • Advanced Threat Protection anti-impersonation. It is WAY too sensitive. Users emailing themselves from personal accounts get their mail sent to quarantine just because the name/label of the personal account matches their Office 365 mailbox name/label? HUH???
  • Licensing. Typical of Microsoft, what you're actually getting and details of licensing are confusing.
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Usability
Quest
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.
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Microsoft
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Support Rating
Quest
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.
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Microsoft
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Alternatives Considered
Quest
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.
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Microsoft
Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security is better than any of the products I have used that do similar things. There is a huge convenience to all the things Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security brings together in one place. Also, the speed and streamlining nature of Intune helps with the management and set up of devices.
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Return on Investment
Quest
  • 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
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Microsoft
  • Increased productivity, including service requests for our customers
  • Reduced operational costs, and threat/risk of cyber-attacks
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