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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 7.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ManageEngine Desktop Central

Simple to use for managing endpoints (mass deployments, imaging, remote control) [and] simple to learn for new users. Simple to implement.Not very good at reporting Software Inventory and not suitable for controlling non-office assets (Additional add-on needed).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Symantec Client Management Suite

Whenever you have computers that aren't easily accessible or you have a big site to cover (or multi location), Symantec Client Management Suite (CMS) is really great to manage all your computers, if it's for installation, software, licenses or even status. Setting up all you need from CMS can take some time, especially when you're in a multi-location site. We had to ask the Symantec engineers to help us a couple of times and set things up because even if we followed the documentation, it wasn't an easy task. But at least, the Symantec engineers are people that know what they do and they're really efficient at it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

ManageEngine Desktop Central

  • System inventory - ManageEngine scans every computer, listing a detailed report of all hardware and software.
  • Patch management - Microsoft products and most third party software receive security updates on a regular schedule without user intervention.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Symantec Client Management Suite

  • Patch Management: We are able to easily deploy patches to all our workstations and accurately report on compliance.
  • Software Delivery: We do a lot of software deployments to our end users and with CMS we can quickly create policies or tasks to perform these deliveries and get quick results on our success or failures.
  • Inventory: Ease of use to get reports of what workstations have what software installed, patch levels, or hardware specifications.
Dan Kujala | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ManageEngine Desktop Central

  • Sometimes it will report that systems are missing patches when they are really not.
  • I wish it was able to pull warranty details for computers directly instead of having to enter manually.
Ray Koch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Symantec Client Management Suite

  • More transparency with the roadmap would be a welcome change. New and upcoming features are usually a surprise until a major Symantec Event takes place but little is heard about those features before and even after, in some cases, leading up to a release.
  • Documentation for some items is poor. Especially around the Workflow product. It was intended that the documentation for the elements in a workflow would be crowd-sourced, which is a good idea, but in order for that to happen, more people need to be using it and taking the time to draw up the documents.
  • Cost. Its always a big topic, especially in higher-ed, but Symantec could do more to lower its costs for some product lines in order to gain more acceptance and support. If that was done and more institutions could get their student workers to use the product, once they leave college and go into the "real-world" there is a possibility that they would start recommending Symantec products because of their use in College.
Jason Pelletier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ManageEngine Desktop Central

ManageEngine Desktop Central 6.0
Based on 1 answer
The other tools we use do not have an inventory management tool. Also not many tools we use intergrate well with this product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Symantec Client Management Suite

Symantec Client Management Suite 9.1
Based on 1 answer
So far so good - no major issues with that technology.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ManageEngine Desktop Central

ManageEngine Desktop Central 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Responds well to basic needs:1. Update2. Image/Re-image endpoints3. Mass deployment4. Pop-Up communications
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Symantec Client Management Suite

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ManageEngine Desktop Central

ManageEngine Desktop Central 8.0
Based on 5 answers
They do an excellent job but there is always a little room for improvement. Otherwise they do an excellent job!
Ray Koch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Symantec Client Management Suite

Symantec Client Management Suite 5.0
Based on 4 answers
Support at Symantec isn't that great. Client Management Suite isn't even listed on the Support Portal when trying to open a ticket. Your best bet for support is actually the user groups that Symantec hosts. The members of the groups are usually very responsive. With Broadcom buying Symantec, I've seen a huge jump in personnel leaving Symantec, so I'm assuming the support is just going to get worse. Recently for a simple question, I reached out to 5 people just to find out 4 of the 5 had left the company.
Ted Jan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ManageEngine Desktop Central

We selected ManageEngine Desktop Central because it is easy to implement, and their support is very good. It has very good functionality, rolled into one, in how well it handles these features. Also, there is nothing that compares to the cost-effective nature of this product. We recommend ManageEngine Desktop Central. It's one of the best solution from the market.
Neil Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Symantec Client Management Suite

Although there are other tools that can be utilized I don't believe those tools are as robust as Symantec Management Platform. The Symantec Management Platform was chosen because of the value it returns internally and for our customers. You can pull just about any data element from an endpoint and provide detailed reports or great graphs for the C-Level
Jason Iloff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ManageEngine Desktop Central

  • The impact has been positive. Being able to manage entire sets of assets, rather than addressing them one at a time, has been huge. The ability to deploy an application without disturbing an end-user is great as well.
  • No negative impact on ROI.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Symantec Client Management Suite

  • SMP allows us to centrally manage all of our endpoints with little to no end user interaction.
  • With the new P2P downloading our bandwidth constraints have been almost completely removed.
  • Cloud Enabled Management (CEM) allows our remote users to receive the same updates as in-network devices without the need for a VPN connection.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ManageEngine Desktop Central

General

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

Symantec Client Management Suite

General

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

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