Jamf Pro vs Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager comparison

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We performed a comparison between Jamf Pro and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"Navigation is straightforward. It's not hard to create policies and manage the device. It's a lot simpler to create smart groups, view inventory, and see what the estate looks like.""The self-service is awesome for empowering end-users, especially if you don't allow admin rights.""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.""The ease of use and access allows us to manage all of our devices collaboratively.""The DEP enrollment is quite good. We're planning to migrate to the Jamf cloud this month.""Apple School Manager integration and access to VPP content made the integration of devices into our fleet flawless and application installation much simpler and faster.""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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"Offers good patching.""It lets you know what your infrastructure is like and what state you are in.""It's a stable product.""The technical support is good.""The major features of this product are the reporting tools. The most valuable features are package deployment and application deployment. Security management is also good because any vulnerability will be identified, and you can fix it. It's the best tool because you never know what kind of client you will have. For example, you may have your offices in low bandwidth remote areas. But it's achievable because it accommodates the bandwidth that you have available. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is an excellent reporting tool for your environment. If you want to know the details about the hardware configuration, software configuration, what is causing a problem, or when a new feature update comes in for Windows, even that goes on SCCM itself. A lot of deployment stuff.""Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is valuable in keeping our systems updated. We are able to send updates to all the systems. Additionally, the Intune integration is helpful.""I like a lot of the reporting capabilities and baseline configurations.""Endpoint Manager is valuable to our organization because it allows us to connect to our enterprise from remote locations securely. The most useful feature is its robustness and scalability. It is highly scalable and flexible, allowing us to use it in various environments. Additionally, we can specialize the policies related to each device group. This ensures that each group has access to the applications they need for their work and non-work hours."

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"We had some issues with its integration with other products, such as Intune. There were some issues with the way you have to register your device into Intune.""I would like to see Jamf add more training tutorials and documentation.""Apple does block certain actions from happening or disallows Jamf from making certain changes.""Inventory reporting could be better, however, that is already slated to improve with some of the new features Apple has announced in WWDC 2022.""It would be nice if there was a built-in means of renaming computers that worked reliably.""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.""There should be an option for exporting the data for reporting purposes so that we can give that to the higher-ups, such as CIO. We should be able to see bar graphs and charts on different data points. It would be great to have a good reporting tool to look at, for example, data points of how many versions of Adobe Acrobat we have in our environment in a bar graph or pie chart. They don't have anything like that. There is an application called Tableau Reader, which does statistics, and you can put a statistical or analytical aspect in there to extract data and share it on a graph or a pie chart. Such a tool would be great.""In some places, GUI could be more reactive."

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"The downside of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is it's an on-premise-based solution. With the pandemic coming on board the need to support users across the globe has increased. For a while, we would use the in-built Microsoft Teams screen sharing feature but the disadvantage of that is you cannot perform privileged access. Microsoft does not give you access to that. That's where you need cloud-based tools, such as BeyondTrust or Freshservice.""SCCM does not scale well, which is one of the reasons we are not going to continue to use it.""The solution should be more compatible with different versions of Linux.""The solution can be improved with the addition of a mobile device manager.""It would be nice to have everything in one place. Now they have Intune for the desktops and SCCM to handle their servers.""I'm looking for a single solution for all discovery needs. It fulfills about 40% of the requirements, and I'd like to see the other 60% so that I don't have to keep doing this.""It is a bit of an old and outdated product.""It is not easy to get good technical support, especially at level one."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Jamf is quite up there. It wasn't the cheapest solution, but it's reasonable. Apigee was cheaper than Jamf."
  • "It would be beneficial if it could be reduced slightly."
  • "They have a standard pricing model which they follow, and it's global."
  • "The only thing that is kicking us a bit is the rand to the dollar exchange rate. It is priced in dollars. Every time the rand goes worse, it just costs more. I would rate it a four out of five in terms of pricing because it is very unpredictable because of the rand to the dollar exchange rate."
  • "The licensing costs for this solution are high."
  • "We have signed a licensing contract for three years. There is an option to buy an annual license subscription, but we opted for three years as it came with a 25% or 30% discount."
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  • "The price model is different for every client."
  • "For enterprises, there is an annual license required to use this solution. The price of the solution could be cheaper. However, this is mostly because of the exchange rate from the dollar to the Nigerian currency."
  • "As far as I know, it is an annual operating expense license."
  • "The license price could be reduced for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager They should make the price more affordable for smaller companies, most companies would be able to use the solution if it was priced better. There are more people on this cloud because you don't have to have either a server room or an on-premise server. You can have one IT person handle this without any local infrastructure."
  • "The price of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is expensive."
  • "There is not a license needed to use the solution."
  • "We have a support license from Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and the overall price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "The price of SCCM depends on the size of the organization. The price is competitive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Smart groups and just the way MDM works are valuable. We like all the features that they have. We try to use it as much as possible, and then we have the support and community involvement to reach out… more »
    Top Answer:It seems fair. It could be a little bit less, but you have to pay for a product. You can't get something for free. You get what you pay for, so if you put in a little bit of money, you're going to get… more »
    Top Answer:We would like to have some of the extension attributes configured so that those extension attributes can be part of the core structure. They can make some of the extension attributes the actual… more »
    Top Answer:Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager takes knowledge and research to properly configure. The length of time that the set up will take depends on the kind of technical architecture that your… more »
    Top Answer:ManageEngine Desktop Central is very easy to set up, is scalable, stable, and also has very good patch management. What I like most about ManageEngine is that I can log on to every PC very easily and… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is it's incredibly simple to configure and execute changes in bulk, allowing for seamless deployment. With this solution, you can… more »
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    Also Known As
    JAMF Software Casper Suite
    System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM )
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    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.”

    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM, formerly SCCM or System Center Configuration Manager) is a software management suite that allows users to manage large numbers of Windows-based computers and servers.

    Configuration Manager features software distribution, operating system deployment, remote control, network protection, security management, patch management, and hardware and software inventory, among other services. It allows you to set configuration and security policies, keep your software up-to-date, and monitor your system status while giving your employees access to corporate applications on whatever devices they choose.

    Configuration Manager allows you to manage computers using macOS, Windows UNIX, or Linux, and mobile devices running iOS, Windows, or Android operating systems. It can be integrated with Microsoft Intune, allowing you to manage computers connected to a corporate network.

    With Configuration Manager, you can manage PCs and servers, keeping software up-to-date, setting configuration and security policies, and monitoring system status while giving your employees access to corporate applications on the devices that they choose.

    Benefits and Features

    • Proactively manage all device life cycles, starting from purchase all the way to retirement.
    • Automatically deploy software as well as printers to devices, using a common software library.
    • Deploy upgrades and patches to your operating system.
    • Ensure that all devices are patched, encrypted, and secured in compliance with security best practices.
    • Provide mobile device management functionality, which includes the ability to reboot and/or lock devices remotely.
    • Provide end users with “self-service” so that they can update machines when it is convenient for them.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Users of MECM like that it is stable and flexible. Patching is one of its most useful features, although users cite many other features as useful as well. One user stated that "It does what you need it to do, and it's a one-stop-shop for the company and for all your deployments." Overall, “the entire solution, from end to end, is excellent.

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    Sample Customers
    Xero, National Geographic, Oxford University, Via, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Fallon, Cabela's
    Bank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC Berhad
    Top Industries
    Educational Organization26%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Educational Organization26%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Insurance Company10%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Jamf Pro is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 44 reviews while Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is ranked 2nd in Server Monitoring with 37 reviews. Jamf Pro is rated 9.4, while Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Jamf Pro writes "Cuts the deployment time in half, has a great community, and is absolutely stable and scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager writes "Lets us remotely deploy and manage thousands of devices over the network". Jamf Pro is most compared with Microsoft Intune, VMware Workspace ONE, ManageEngine Endpoint Central, MobileIron UEM and Cisco Meraki Systems Manager (MDM+EMM), whereas Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, ManageEngine Endpoint Central, Microsoft Intune, Tanium and Zabbix.

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