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We performed a comparison between Google Cloud Identity and Jamf Pro based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Google Cloud Identity vs. Jamf Pro Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"It's easy to set up.""The most valuable feature of Google Cloud Identity is group access. You are able to assign policies to groups instead of users individually.""The solution is moderate to difficult to use. I found the approach was practical. Following the steps made it very easy to use.""Cloud Identity is scalable enough for our needs. It's serving more than 3,000 users in our organization.""Google is always on its own. Google Cloud Identity is pretty good on every point.""One of the most useful features was the single sign-on. You can use it as an identity provider or service provider. And you can use their organization unit feature to enable or disable some of the features for a specific group of users."

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"One of the key features that I liked the most and a lot of the customer value as well is the geofencing. Geofencing is geographical locations. If the device is on a particular premise, then the policy applies. And when the device is not there, the policy goes away.""There is also zero-day support to all new Apple OS.""Configuration Profiles from Jamf Pro are awesome.""The most valuable features in Jamf Pro are the policies and config profiles, making our life easy to manage many different things in one place.""Automating the refresh of the devices is huge for both sides of the end-user experience.""The solution has good integration with Google and has high performance for our Mac fleet of devices.""As an administrator, I really love the integration with Apple Business Manager.""One of the most valuable features is the ability to apply apply granular level restrictions to our machines, making them easy to manage remotely from the backend."

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Cons
"The interface could be more user-friendly.""The one place it could be improved is the password vaulting. The password vaulting does not prevent the admins from reading users' passwords, and that's a debate.""If you want to set up some alerts, you don't have much control over the configuration. You have to use their default alerts. And they only provide alerts for certain activities, so you cannot customize those. Monitoring isn't very helpful either.""Technical support is slow.""Google Cloud Identity the UI could improve.""Google Cloud Identify could make the technology used easier to understand as a layman making it more user-friendly."

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"The on-going improvements & innovation that Jamf provides over time is something that needs to be maintained, as it is what is needed to fulfill a business & team need at the right time.""Jamf Pro currently is only used on Mac computers and could improve by having compatibility with other operating systems. We have to use other tools to manage our Windows and Android devices. There could be other improvements but I am still exploring and learning more about the features.""The reporting with PowerBI could be improved.""I'd like to see Jamf add Unified Endpoint Management, but it's not going to happen. It's too complex. We tried that for so many years, and no one can do this for Windows and macOS. It can be done with iOS, but that's not the case here. If you want device management for a real laptop operating system, you need two systems. They're very different.""The upgrade process of this solutions could be improved. It is not possible to use Jamf Pro to upgrade devices.""The cheaper Jamf School is also a product that has been acquired and decked out to meet more educational needs for a good price. Some features of Jamf School aren't (yet?) available in Jamf Pro and for educational users/customers of Jamf Pro, it would beneficial to have these available in the Pro version too.""The integrated patch feature is good but needs some tweaking.""I would like to see tighter integration with Jamf Protect in the future releases of Jamf Pro."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "When I worked on Cloud Identity, they offered a free or enterprise version. You can synchronize and create up to 100 user identities in the free version. After that, you have to purchase a business or enterprise license. In that model, you'll be charged based on the number of users."
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  • "JumpStart looks a little bit pricey; however, it is worth every penny."
  • "This product is surely worth the cost of implementation."
  • "The cost of any licensing is certainly outweighed by the time saved from manually managing Apple devices."
  • "The price difference between Jamf Pro and VMware Workspace One is not very much, but when counting the cost of my time, Jamf Pro is clearly much better."
  • "Depending on how much support you require, it might make sense to add that to the licensing agreement."
  • "Cloud is worth the small increase in price, but make the switch before you need it, and not during a global pandemic."
  • "Licensing cost is dependent on the footprint and foreseen growth."
  • "The price of this solution is a bit high but it is worth the money for the features. There is an annual license for the use of this solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: Microsoft Intune offers not only an easy-to-deploy data protection and productivity management solution, but also access to both Microsoft’s user community as well as around-the-clock customer… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Google Cloud Identity is group access. You are able to assign policies to groups instead of users individually.
    Top Answer:We have been able to keep our tech department lean and mean, maximizing our efficiency by utilizing Jamf to set up our iPads for us, rather than installing each app one at a time.
    Top Answer:Cloud is worth the small increase in price, but make the switch before you need it, and not during a global pandemic.
    Top Answer:Every once in a blue moon, we wind up with a rarely-seen superbug that takes support weeks to months to solve. The good news is that they are rare and not across the platform. Just us.
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    Also Known As
    Cloud Identity, Cloud Identity Premium
    JAMF Software Casper Suite
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    Overview

    Cloud Identity is an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) product. It offers the identity services and endpoint administration that are available in G Suite as a stand-alone product. As an administrator, you can use Cloud Identity to manage your users, apps, and devices from a central location - the Google Admin console.

    Jamf Pro is a mobile device management software designed to help organizations and businesses automate Apple device handling-related workflows and processes. It features zero-touch deployment that enables users to automatically enroll new Apple devices, and also configure and deploy these devices swiftly and efficiently. It comes with inventory management capabilities, Apple mobile device management features, and an enterprise app store. Jamf Pro also allows users to deploy and access their mobile apps licenses in bulk. When it comes to using the app store, end users don’t need to ask for assistance from helpdesk agents in order to download, install, and update applications.

    Jamf Pro Features

    Jamf Pro has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Zero-touch deployment
    • Management of Apple devices
    • Security for app devices
    • App Store for self-service enterprise
    • Smart targeting
    • Reports of inventory
    • Smart Groups
    • Preconfiguration of apps
    • App distribution
    • Mac imaging
    • Upgrades to app and OS
    • Management of IT inventory
    • Device enrollment (user initiated)
    • Purchasing & license management

    Jamf Pro Benefits
    There are many benefits to implementing Jamf Pro. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Deployment: Fully-customizable onboarding experience. Provision the perfect Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, all deployed seamlessly with the workflow of your choice.
    • Device management: Use configuration profiles, scripts, and policies to make your Apple devices function exactly as needed. Move beyond simple troubleshooting by automating management with patented Smart Groups technology. This is a powerful way to trigger real-time alerts and actions from inventory data.
    • Application management: Streamline app management with bulk purchasing and deployment. The solution integrates with Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager, allowing you to assign apps to users or devices without Apple ID. Deploy apps from the App Store, B2B App Store, or your own in-house apps.
    • Apple device security: Protect Apple devices by leveraging native security features. Manage device settings and configurations, restrict malware and patch all of your Apple devices without user interaction.
    • Self-service access: Give your users access to a one-stop shop for trusted apps, company resources, and shortcuts for troubleshooting tasks like password resets.
    • Inventory: Automatically gather user, hardware, software, and security device data or customize inventory specifications. The dynamic Smart Groups feature keeps track of everything for you, including software versions and warranty expiration dates.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Jamf Pro stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Some of these include its app deployment, its easy installation, and the fact that it’s lightweight but powerful. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    An IT Support Specialist at Visby Medical writes, “The first most valuable feature I found was the ability to simply push out applications to devices, Mac or iPads/iPhones. It's as easy as procuring the licensing for the apps and then setting it to the volume purchasing back in Jamf.”

    Another reviewer, a Desktop Engineer at Kroger, notes, “The self-service portal to share scripts and other tasks that have extremely minimized the need for calls to our support teams, or even sharing the applications we package and allowing users to pick and choose what apps they need or want, instead of just blanket installing everything from our old environment.”

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    Sample Customers
    ExtraHop Networks, HealthChannels
    Xero, National Geographic, Oxford University, Via, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Fallon, Cabela's
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    REVIEWERS
    Educational Organization28%
    University11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Educational Organization8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise55%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise44%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Google Cloud Identity vs. Jamf Pro
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Google Cloud Identity vs. Jamf Pro and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Google Cloud Identity is ranked 8th in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 6 reviews while Jamf Pro is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 46 reviews. Google Cloud Identity is rated 7.8, while Jamf Pro is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Google Cloud Identity writes "You don't need much expertise or previous experience to work with it". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Jamf Pro writes "Helpful "lost" mode, ability to lock down devices, and enforces CIS recommendations". Google Cloud Identity is most compared with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Microsoft Intune, Okta Workforce Identity, VMware Workspace ONE and ManageEngine Endpoint Central, whereas Jamf Pro is most compared with Microsoft Intune, VMware Workspace ONE, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, ManageEngine Endpoint Central and Automox. See our Google Cloud Identity vs. Jamf Pro report.

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