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We performed a comparison between Jamf Pro and ManageEngine Endpoint Central 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 Jamf Pro vs. ManageEngine Endpoint Central Report (Updated: March 2024).
772,277 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"I like that we can implement conditional access.""The solution is stable.""The solution appears to be stable and scalable.""This product works very well for companies already using the full Microsoft suite.""We can manage and standardize security across your environment, identify problems, receive alerts, and so on. That's its purpose, and that's also why it's so good.""Great for software update needs, operating system version updates, and security policy enforcement.""It's easy to manage and easy to configure.""The reporting and analytics features in Microsoft Intune have been a lifesaver."

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"We can put certain devices into smart groups based off of device name, department, etc.""We are able to manage our full fleet of devices and can simply integrate with all of our systems.""The zero-day support regarding new Apple hardware and Apple operating systems is very good.""It is a great tool. Its ease of use is fantastic. It is very simple, and you don't really have a high learning curve with this.""I can add policies, configuration profiles, patch management, and smart group membership to one single view, and this is very helpful at a glance.""The solution has good integration with Google and has high performance for our Mac fleet of devices.""Jamf has made it achievable for us to easily deploy & manage Apple devices anywhere in the world, without the need for hands-on assistance from IT staff.""If I need to deploy an app to all the laptops, I can use the smart group I created for them instead of choosing each device one at a time."

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"The setup is pretty simple.""Page management and ADA integrations are the most valuable features of ManageEngine Endpoint Central.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the Patch Management.""ManageEngine Desktop Central has greatly improved our organization by utilizing Service Desk Plus to monitor and keep track of issues that our end users report to our Help Desk Department. We also have written in the ode of our company's software to notify Support if an end-user experience an issue and does not report it.""Desktop Central has improved these organizations and this is why it has been repeated multiple times at multiple organizations. If something works and is getting better it is worth repeating.""The solution is definitely scalable.""We can scale the product.""The solution's stability is better than the other solutions in the market."

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Cons
"In an upcoming release, I would like to see some kind of analytics report.""Sometimes, updating a client policy is very difficult. This needs to be improved.""Microsoft Intune fails a lot when it comes to device compliance.""Integrating certain group policies can be challenging and may necessitate using on-premises systems to integrate them with Microsoft Intune.""They need to integrate more with security options.""I know that their AI pieces are at the infancy stage, but allowing users to do more tagging for information would be an interesting thing because Intune also directly integrates with Azure. Because a lot of the devices are hosted with that, you also get a lot of tagging of user data and other things like that.""The product needs to upgrade itself when the server is overloaded.""The reports that are generated aren't so great. They don't give a lot of meaning so far, but that could be down to user knowledge than the actual reporting side of things. I'm not a big user of it, but I was a bigger user of MaaS360, and we used to be able to run weekly and monthly reports. In the case of any deviations. we'd get a warning immediately. That's not so easy to do or to get in place for Intune. This could be just a user issue, but when I compare both, that's the only thing that's lacking for me."

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"I wish there was a profile that could be created for configuring Apple software updates on a global basis for our devices, via a configuration profile.""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.""It would be nice if Jamf added an onboarding tool integrated into Jamf Connect during the automated DEP enrollment workflow. It would also improve the user experience if Jamf integrated native macOS notifications, with the option to interact within the notification center.""I would like to have the ability to push scripts using MDM commands.""An in-house chat room would be a great way to communicate with your team when you aren't physically present with them.""The product is pretty good as-is, but if anything could be improved I would say the UI could perhaps be a bit simpler. A mobile app to complement the web-based version, to perform specific tasks, would be nice to have - a good example of what I mean is the "Pulseway" MDM for Windows, they have a very useful and user-friendly mobile app.""I wish the inventory would have its own pane without having to do it as a search.""There needs to be a mass policy change tool."

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"The Deployment scheduler needs updating to support various methods for deployment.""Desktop Central has very good information, however, you can't customize the dashboards.""I would like to see them include the ability to find out the network usage but I believe that might be a feature of it already.""The pricing could be a bit better.""ManageEngine Endpoint Central’s scalability could be improved.""We are looking for a complete solution for patch management with central management and the cloud which ManageEngine Endpoint Central does not provide.""ManageEngine Desktop Central should keep up with some of the features that other major vendors are providing, such as Microsoft.""The solution lacks some configuration."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Consider the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite rather than choosing specific sub-components, e.g. only Microsoft Intune."
  • "There is a cost benefit of using Microsoft Intune because of the packaging with other Microsoft products."
  • "Microsoft Intune is a cost effective choice. It is less expensive than other products on the market."
  • "The purchase of the product was handled by someone else."
  • "I have no comment on pricing of the solution."
  • "The product is offered as part of a Microsoft standard bundle. The pricing can be competitive to Airwatch, and Maas360."
  • "For Microsoft 365 E5 clients, cost is not an issue as this product is one of the benefits."
  • "The price of Intune is included with the license for Office 365, so we don't have to pay anything extra for it."
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  • "I think it pays for itself to let Jamf host the server."
  • "The setup cost is in the training, which is the most important step of your journey."
  • "The cost of this solution is expensive but worth it."
  • "If you have the in-house capability to support Jamf, then paying for onboarding / JumpStart training is a no brainer."
  • "With respect to pricing, Jamf Pro is the better bet."
  • "The total ROI is worth every penny."
  • "The setup is pricey upfront for support and setup."
  • "Setup and licensing prices are getting to be too high."
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  • "The licensing is very easy to understand and pricing is right for what you get."
  • "Choose wisely between the Professional and Enterprise editions, based on your needs."
  • "I have been using the free version and am in the stage where I have to decide if I will proceed with the paid license, or instead choose another product."
  • "We pay about $250 a year for our license."
  • "The solution is very affordable."
  • "We had perpetual licenses. The cost was around 36,000, and then you'd have the yearly maintenance fee of 2,000 or 3,000."
  • "The pricing is very low, compared to other products. Compared to Intune or SCCM, it's much less. I can say it's a good product for less of a price."
  • "Affordable for any customer."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Microsoft Intune is a great tool for managing a mobile device fleet while keeping access control. The solution makes it… more »
    Top Answer:Microsoft Intune is a great configuration management tool and has a lot of good things going for it. Here are some of… more »
    Top Answer: Microsoft Intune offers not only an easy-to-deploy data protection and productivity management solution, but also… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Jamf Pro for me are the device locator, which helps find missing iPads, and the ability to… more »
    Top Answer:Jamf Pro is worth the cost. You will certainly find the value once you use it every day and try to imagine your role… more »
    Top Answer:There is room for improvement with Jamf Pro, especially regarding updates. After a recent update, all app icons… more »
    Top Answer:ManageEngine Desktop Central is very easy to set up, is scalable, stable, and also has very good patch management. What… more »
    Top Answer:Well, what we like is that it catch actually a lot of features constantly upgrading. So all the three maybe there there… more »
    Top Answer:ManageEngine Endpoint Central's license in models is all over the place, meaning you have to pay for each individual… more »
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    Also Known As
    Intune, MS Intune, Microsoft Endpoint Manager
    JAMF Software Casper Suite
    ManageEngine Desktop Central, Desktop Central, ManageEngine Desktop Management MSP
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    Overview

    Microsoft Intune is a comprehensive cloud-based service that allows you to remotely manage mobile devices and mobile applications without worrying about the security of your organization’s data. Device and app management can be used on company-owned devices as well as personal devices.

    In an increasingly mobile workforce, Microsoft Intune keeps your sensitive data safe while on the move. Microsoft Intune makes it possible for your team members to work anywhere using their mobile devices. Microsoft Intune provides both the flexibility and the control needed for securing all your data on the cloud, no matter where the device with the data is located.

    Microsoft Intune Device Management Key Features

    With Microsoft Intune Device Management you can:

    • Ensure devices and apps are compliant with your security requirements.
    • Rapidly deploy and authenticate apps on all company devices.
    • Remotely access devices to troubleshoot issues or to remove data from them.
    • Generate reports for all devices in the system.
    • Monitor the way users access and share information to protect company information.
    • Set rules and configure settings on personal and organization-owned devices to access data and networks.
    • Create user groups and device groups, allowing you to rapidly access many users and devices simultaneously.

    Mobile Application Management

    Mobile application management in Intune is designed to protect your organization’s data at the application level.

    With Microsoft Intune Application Management you can:

    • Configure apps to run with specific settings enabled.
    • Update existing apps that are already on the device.
    • See reports on which apps are used and monitor their usage.
    • Selectively wipe organization data from apps.
    • Add mobile apps to user groups and devices.

    As part of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite, Intune integrates with Microsoft Entra ID for access control and with Azure Information Protection for data protection. It also integrates with Microsoft 365 Applications.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft Intune stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to secure all devices under its management and the flexibility that the solution offers its users.

    A computing services manager notes, "Its security is most valuable. It gives us a way to secure devices, not only those that are steady. We do have a few tablets and other devices, and it is a way for us to secure these devices and manage them. We know they're out there and what's their status. We can manage their life cycle and verify that they're updated properly."

    The head of IT engineering at a financial services company writes, "The one feature we find most useful is the Mobile Application Manager. There are two types: we have the complete MDM and the Mobile Application Manager (MAM). We don't give our users phones, it is their own personal phone, and we need to allow them to have access to the company details on their phone. We need to create a balance between their own personal data and the company data. We deploy the Mobile Application Manager for them so that we won't be able to interfere with their own personal data."

    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.”

    ManageEngine Endpoint Central is a unified endpoint management (UEM) solution offered by ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corporation. It is designed to help organizations efficiently manage and secure their endpoints from a centralized platform. Endpoint Central provides a comprehensive set of features and capabilities to streamline endpoint management and enhance security across diverse devices and operating systems.

    ManageEngine Endpoint Central Features:

    • Device Management: Endpoint Central enables IT administrators to manage a wide range of endpoints, including desktops, laptops, servers, mobile devices, and IoT devices. It offers features such as device discovery, inventory management, configuration management, and software deployment, allowing administrators to efficiently control and monitor devices from a single console.
    • Patch Management: The solution helps organizations keep their endpoints up to date and protected by automating the patching process. Endpoint Central provides patch management capabilities to deploy security updates and patches to endpoints, ensuring they are patched against vulnerabilities and reducing the risk of security breaches.
    • Security and Compliance: Endpoint Central focuses on strengthening security measures for endpoints. It offers features such as antivirus and anti-malware protection, firewall management, encryption, and data loss prevention (DLP). These capabilities help organizations safeguard their sensitive data and adhere to industry regulations and compliance standards.
    • Remote Control and Troubleshooting: With remote control capabilities, Endpoint Central allows IT administrators to access and control endpoints remotely, facilitating troubleshooting and issue resolution. It enables administrators to remotely troubleshoot software or hardware problems, install applications, and provide technical support to end-users, improving efficiency and minimizing downtime
    • Reporting and Analytics: Endpoint Central provides comprehensive reporting and analytics capabilities, offering insights into endpoint performance, security status, software usage, and compliance levels. These features help organizations assess the health and security of their endpoints, identify potential risks or issues, and make data-driven decisions for improved endpoint management.

    ManageEngine Endpoint Central Benefits:

    • Centralized endpoint management for diverse devices.
    • Improved operational efficiency through automation.
    • Enhanced security with antivirus, firewall, encryption, and data loss prevention.
    • Automated patch management for timely updates and security.
    • Remote control and troubleshooting for efficient issue resolution.
    • Comprehensive reporting and analytics for insights and informed decision-making.
    • Scalability and flexibility to accommodate organizational growth.
    • Cost-effectiveness by reducing manual management efforts and security risks.

    Reviews from Real Users

    PeerSpot user, Sr Engineer Administrator at a university, says that "Its cross-platform capabilities and the ability to do both OS-level patching and third-party patching are valuable. It is difficult to find a software product that will do all that for you out of the box, and you don't have to do any configuration other than your initial setup. Once you do that, there is a very minimalistic approach to getting it operational. You can have it up and running within a 20-minute time span."

    Park Armstrong, Chief Technical and Solution Architect at Vertigo Inc., writes that ManageEngine Endpoint Central is “Helpful for identifying and filling the gaps and meeting compliance needs, but each of their product works as an independent product and lacks integration”.

    Sample Customers
    Mitchells and Buzzers, Callaway
    Xero, National Geographic, Oxford University, Via, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Fallon, Cabela's
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Strathallan School, BMI Healthcare, Comercial Kywi, First Priority Federal Credit Union, Gerab National Enterprises
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization23%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Educational Organization25%
    University12%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization36%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    University5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization39%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise47%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise47%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise46%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise42%
    Large Enterprise44%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise47%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise50%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Buyer's Guide
    Jamf Pro vs. ManageEngine Endpoint Central
    March 2024
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    Jamf Pro is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 105 reviews while ManageEngine Endpoint Central is ranked 4th in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 60 reviews. Jamf Pro is rated 9.6, while ManageEngine Endpoint Central is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Jamf Pro writes "Customizable with a self-service portal and a good security posture". On the other hand, the top reviewer of ManageEngine Endpoint Central writes "An in-depth and intuitive product with good cross-platform capabilities, but they should have a more global support channel". Jamf Pro is most compared with VMware Workspace ONE, SOTI MobiControl, Microsoft Configuration Manager, IBM MaaS360 and Kandji, whereas ManageEngine Endpoint Central is most compared with Microsoft Configuration Manager, VMware Workspace ONE, ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus, SOTI MobiControl and BigFix. See our Jamf Pro vs. ManageEngine Endpoint Central report.

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