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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Symantec IT Management Suite

The Symantec IT Management Suite is used throughout the company (global). It is efficient and reports via email any type of problem found, from threats to attacks. The update on the clients is carried out without being noticed. When the system is doing some sort of scan, older computers are slow. Other than that, I believe it is an ideal software for monitoring the entire infrastructure.
Denis Pereira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

IT Asset Management

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.8
Symantec IT Management Suite
8.6
Software and hardware inventory tracking
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.9
Symantec IT Management Suite
7.0
License management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.7
Symantec IT Management Suite
10.0
Asset lifecycle monitoring
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.9
Symantec IT Management Suite
9.0
Contract management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.5
Symantec IT Management Suite
9.0
Asset relationship management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
9.3
Symantec IT Management Suite
8.0

Pros

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

Symantec IT Management Suite

  • End to end workstation imaging with a 45 minute average for OS, drivers and base software with only 1 technician touch to name the workstation.
  • Application usage reporting on what software is being used and how much - broken down by site, department and user.
  • 5% of managed workstations were patched.
  • IT lifecycle reports were automated with live inventory feeds to enable purchase reports.
Shawn Mayhew | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Symantec IT Management Suite

  • Increased memory consumption
  • Older machines can not support the program
Denis Pereira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

KACE Systems Management Appliance

KACE Systems Management Appliance 8.6
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

Symantec IT Management Suite

Symantec IT Management Suite 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I am bit biased after using Symantec ITSM for 10 plus years. However, I found its ability to wrap everything into one console for at a view enterprise health a powerful tool for my department and others. The ability to provide self healing of software packages to workstations was especially powerful. The ability to customize data connections to other tools and automate those inputs and outputs let us provide the business data to support enterprise decisions on Hardware and software usage.
Shawn Mayhew | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

KACE Systems Management Appliance

KACE Systems Management Appliance 7.9
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

Symantec IT Management Suite

Symantec IT Management Suite 8.0
Based on 2 answers
With the Blue Coat acquisition the question remains on how much support Symantec is going to give the ITSM suite. Its just not that sexy anymore to have to support a product that touches all the hardware anymore. A few of the really good support reps have gone the way of private which is very concerning.
Shawn Mayhew | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Symantec IT Management Suite

We evaluated Norton and Kaspersky, we chose Symantec to provide more options and more guarantees. In addition, we have used the tool for more than 10 years in the company (the time I am working). It has an interface with all monitoring data and statistics. A specific display of each piece of connected equipment in the network, making monitoring easy and, in case of a threat, it notifies us.
Denis Pereira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Symantec IT Management Suite

  • Reduction of virus infections
  • Greater clarity in the reports
  • Monitoring the network and infra
Denis Pereira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

KACE Systems Management Appliance

General

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

Symantec IT Management Suite

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.3
Symantec IT Management Suite
8.0

Usability

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.6
Symantec IT Management Suite
9.0

Support Rating

KACE Systems Management Appliance
7.9
Symantec IT Management Suite
8.0

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