A really good and comprehensive all-in-one Systems Management solution
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 23, 2019

A really good and comprehensive all-in-one Systems Management solution

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

It is being used both across the whole organization and at the department levels. It is centrally managed by the main IT group in the organization, and then individual departments have their own instance of SCCM to be able to use to manage resources/deploy software, etc. It addresses the business problem of having a central Systems Management solution that can pretty much do most everything, including managing all hardware endpoints, managing software, monitoring, asset management, managing antimalware and firewall policies, etc. in an organization.
  • It has nice GUI's built-in for many of the functions throughout the program. This helps to make it easier for the IT Administrator to be able to utilize certain features/functions when using SCCM.
  • It doesn't use a lot of system resources when running, or even if left open on the server. This is good, as it enables those that work with the program to still be productive with being able to run other programs/software on the server.
  • It has really good remote assistance options built-in. This is particularly helpful for the IT Admin being able to assist end-users over a remote session or to remotely connect to computers. This is also a benefit for organizations that don't have a commercial remote assistance product in place.
  • The program itself can be challenging to use, especially if there hasn't been any formal training on the use of the product. Either training/reviewing documentation is recommended prior to using SCCM.
  • At times, it can be difficult to try and find out why a certain machine that's listed in SCCM says that the endpoint has the SCCM client and shows as Active, but in fact, it's not. It's also difficult at times to try and figure out why the client can't be pushed down to the endpoint.
  • Even though the remote assistance features in SCCM are really good, it can be challenging at times when the remote options don't work for a particular endpoint, even though the machine is active, online, etc.
  • The positive impact it's had was it has been really beneficial in having an all-in-one Systems Management solution to be able to manage all endpoints across the organization. This has saved both time and costs from having to search/setup/manage other System Management applications and also have saved money from having to purchase a license for other commercial products.
  • Another positive impact it has had was in being able to easily remote into computers/endpoints, and also being able to provide remote assistance to end-users.
  • The negative impact has been it is not being fully utilized by most of the IT staff, as it is a more complicated platform to learn/master. This would require funding for IT staff to take training in learning the product, or require time to consult the documentation in the use of the product. As a result, this may hurt productivity in being able to have to work on other things.
SCCM is probably used across the industry more so than most other Systems Management solutions, and the reasoning behind this is most likely because it is a Microsoft product, which integrates well with the Windows Server platform, and also with clients/endpoints that are on the Windows OS. The reason why we've moved to this over other Systems Management solutions is that this was already being utilized across the whole organization, and not just at the department level. This helps to make things more manageable from a setup/support standpoint since we don't need to really get involved with the complexity of customizing the program from the beginning. This is also a benefit cost-wise since management of licensing is done at the top level of the organization
We have not needed to seek support for this product in the time that we have used it thus far. It's been working really well, and have not had any major issues. Being that it's a Microsoft product, it goes without saying that there will be many support options available if needed. This includes phone, web, forums, KB articles, etc. There is even comprehensive documentation that is available on the web through Microsoft's website for use of the product.

Do you think Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)'s feature set?

Yes

Did Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) again?

Yes

It is well suited in organizations that are looking for an all-in-one Systems Management solution, that is well-known in the industry, and comes from a vendor that is also well-known, and that offers good support for this kind of product. It is less suited for organizations that want to use something right away, without a whole lot of setup/management on the back-end. This also wouldn't be suited for organizations that don't have funding for their IT folks to get formal training in the use of the product or have the time to read through the documentation, etc.