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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft System Center

Scenarios which Microsoft System Center is useful are if:
  1. you are the systems engineer for a company and you have a complex data center in a Microsoft environment,
  2. you need to centralize the management of your data center in a single point
  3. you want to check its performance, make detailed analysis after a downed service
  4. you want to analyze what happened
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
9.7
Remote monitoring
Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
10.0
Multi-device monitoring
Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
10.0
Automated alerts and notifications
Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
9.0

Management Tasks

Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
7.0
Software and hardware inventory
Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
7.0

Reporting

Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
7.5
Customizable reporting
Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
7.0
Risk analysis
Microsoft System Center
Watchman Monitoring
8.0

Pros

Microsoft System Center

  • Provides our users the ability to deploy and manage our own datacenter based on defined software with understandable solutions for storage, compute, networking and security.
  • We are able to update at once all the computers from all departments without having to install the OS on every computer.
  • It allows us to have everything in one place for database management and datacenter inspection as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft System Center

  • Needs web based storefront for requesting new software
  • Needs ability to manage the packaging work flow better
  • Sometimes is slow to download and there is no indication the entire catalog is being loaded, resulting in confused users not being able to find common software in the available list.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It is not user-friendly for the most part. With IT infrastructure, sometimes it cannot handle excess requests. Every few months, you will need an upgrade in terms of server resources to keep up with incoming alerts and requests. This does not happen all of the time, but it does happen when there are too many requests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Watchman Monitoring

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center 8.0
Based on 2 answers
If I had to dislike something about the system it would be how much it changes once you upgrade. This could be more of a problem of mine since I get used to one way and don't like it when it changes so much. I am enjoying the newest update, but it is a mess when you are actually going through the upgrades.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Watchman Monitoring

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft System Center

We are using Microsoft products for a long time, so the overall confidence played a part in the decision, the feature set and licensing cost was also very high when compared with above products, so we decided to use System Center for our environment, so far it has solved many of our problems and reduced effort and time to maintain compliance and devices.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Watchman Monitoring

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Microsoft System Center

  • We have been able to automate our patch management, firmware and other security concerns.
  • We have a standardized "image" ensuring our setup is consistent across the enterprise. This alone has saved us in time to support and time to understand how to use our desktops.
Mark Fitzgerald | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Microsoft System Center

General

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

Starting Price

$1,323 per month

Microsoft System Center Editions & Modules

Edition
Datacenter Edition$3607
Standard Edition$1323
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details

Watchman Monitoring

General

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

Starting Price

$79 Up to 25 Devices

Watchman Monitoring Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Watchman Monitoring$79.001
Watchman Monitoring$199.002
Watchman Monitoring$299.003
  1. Up to 25 Devices
  2. Up to 1500 Devices
  3. Over 1500 Devices
SaaS Edition
Watchman Monitoring$79.001
Watchman Monitoring$199.002
Watchman Monitoring$299.003
  1. Up to 25 Devices
  2. Up to 1500 Devices
  3. Over 1500 Devices
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft System Center
8.5
Watchman Monitoring
10.0

Usability

Microsoft System Center
7.0
Watchman Monitoring

Support Rating

Microsoft System Center
8.0
Watchman Monitoring

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