Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) vs. Watchman Monitoring

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a monitoring and application performance management option, with the core datacenter and cloud-based systems monitoring.N/A
Watchman Monitoring
Score 10.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Watchman Monitoring is a read-only IT Alerting, hardware monitoring, & high-availability beacon reporting SaaS designed for resale by IT professionals looking to provide proactive support to their offerings. The Watchman Monitoring Client has a single focus: to detect and report issues.
$79
Up to 25 Devices
Pricing
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Watchman Monitoring
Editions & Modules
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Watchman Monitoring
$79.00
Up to 25 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$79.00
Up to 25 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$199.00
Up to 1500 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$199.00
Up to 1500 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$299.00
Over 1500 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$299.00
Over 1500 Devices
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Watchman Monitoring
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
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Community Pulse
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Features
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Watchman Monitoring
Application Performance Management
Comparison of Application Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
8.8
22 Ratings
Watchman Monitoring
-
Ratings
Application monitoring9.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Database monitoring9.322 Ratings00 Ratings
Threshold alerts10.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive capabilities7.519 Ratings00 Ratings
Application performance management console7.919 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration tools8.917 Ratings00 Ratings
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications9.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Application dependency mapping and thresholding7.718 Ratings00 Ratings
Virtualization monitoring9.220 Ratings00 Ratings
Server availability and performance monitoring9.621 Ratings00 Ratings
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting8.021 Ratings00 Ratings
IT Asset Discovery9.218 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring Tasks
Comparison of Monitoring Tasks features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
-
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Watchman Monitoring
9.7
1 Ratings
Remote monitoring00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Multi-device monitoring00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Automated alerts and notifications00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Management Tasks
Comparison of Management Tasks features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
-
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Watchman Monitoring
7.0
1 Ratings
Software and hardware inventory00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Reporting
Comparison of Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
-
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Watchman Monitoring
7.5
1 Ratings
Customizable reporting00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Risk analysis00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
User Ratings
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Watchman Monitoring
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(25 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.6
(18 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Watchman Monitoring
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
More appropriate for:
  • Pure Microsoft ecosystem environments (Windows Server and SQL server) and the most common Linux and UNIX platforms.
  • Environments where cost is less of a factor than settling on a single platform for monitoring
  • Environments where the administrators are familiar with the setup and installation of SCOM.
Less appropriate for:
  • Pure UNIX/Linux shops, especially versions not supported out of the box by SCOM.
  • Shops that cannot afford the engagement to setup/configure and maintain on a continuous basis.
  • Shops that cannot dedicate personnel to the care and feeding of SCOM, especially when supporting larger environments.
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Watchman Monitoring
If you are in IT consulting or manage any fleet of computers, both Mac and PC (and yes Linux) - you should have this installed. It will be able to provide you the information needed to repair computers and avoid productivity loss by users.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Allows us to visualize our systems in a single interface and see the status of health as well as relevant performance metrics.
  • A flexible and powerful interface with active alerting covering domain controllers, SQL servers, etc...
  • Allows you to customize your views and workspaces for specific tasks and needs.
  • Reporting is powerful and flexible.
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Watchman Monitoring
  • Super easy to deploy.
  • Integrates well with ZenDesk and YourComputerInventory.com.
  • Website is very clear and email to manage.
  • Support is awesome.
  • Super lightweight package.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • One of the biggest drawbacks to SCOM is the sheer scope and complexity of the system. This can be a pro and a con. The system is very customizable, what you put into it is what you'll get out of it. That said, the learning curve is fairly steep. An organization needs to be committed to putting time and resources into SCOM to get the most out of it. I've heard stories from colleagues of several different companies that invested in SCOM and then abandoned it due to the excessive time and care required.
  • SCOM is expensive. Not only is the enterprise licensing costly, SCOM requires it's own servers, operational and warehouse databases to be maintained.
  • The OOB SCOM reports are a bit clunky and feel outdated.
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Watchman Monitoring
  • Would like to see non-computer deployment agent - such as Synology.
  • Since it's mainly reporting, this isn't necessary improvement, but it would be good if it can receive data - so in case we can't ping a machine, maybe use Watchman as a backdoor - but that would go against it's main principles.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
We are very pleased with the support provided by the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager team. At first, we were quite hesitant to contact support, but the support team showed a very proactive approach and helped with a bunch of issues which would be much harder to overcome on our own, especially when deploying the platform for the first time.
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Watchman Monitoring
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
We used Altiris and WSUS and in the beginning Altiris had the better admin interface than SCOM, but it is no longer the case as SCOM has refined their admin interface. Altiris still has better and more robust group assignments for management roles and those two other tools can better manage non Windows OS devices than SCOM but for a large enterprise Windows shop, if you can afford it, SCOM is the way to go.
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Watchman Monitoring
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • It has allowed us to provide an Enterprise Event/Alert management solution to the Global company
  • It has taken a long time to get it to provide valuable alerts and information, lots of user resources and investment.
  • It assists with 24/7 monitoring and out of hours support
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Watchman Monitoring
  • I've been using it since the day it came out - there have so many times where a machine has had an error reported by Watchman that we've been able to save the client before something terrible happened.
  • The ROI is there - you can easily resell this product to your clients, or wrap it into your product offering.
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