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"Compliance, inventory, and licensing are really pricey. They should lower the price. It discourages users from getting onboard.""You get what we call the Platform Edition, which you get for free. The patch service is maybe $0.50 per workstation per month. Then there's the basic server cost, which is about $1.50 per server per month. You also get into Lifecycle which does power management, OSD remote control, and those types of things, and that might be about 10 times the price - which works out to about $13 per server and, maybe $5 per workstation per month.""The price is very fair.""The price is reasonable, but our customers find it expensive."

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Top Answer: I am not sure about roadmap for BigFix after it was sold by IBM to HCL. I have used it a bit only for small time for OS patchings. BMC on the other hand is a big player for a very long time and is… more »
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Tivoli Endpoint Manager
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Overview

HCL BigFix provides complete visibility and control into all endpoints through a single, collaborative endpoint management platform that enables IT/Security Operations to fully automate discovery, management and remediation of endpoints, whether they are on-prem or in the cloud, regardless of location or connectivity. BigFix bridges the gap between IT and Security Operations, drastically reducing remediation times and costs. With BigFix, enterprises can protect endpoints running Windows, UNIX, Linux, and macOS by achieving greater than 98% first-pass patch success rates and enabling continuous endpoint compliance. Unlike complex tools that cover a subset of endpoints and take days or weeks to remediate, BigFix can find and fix endpoints fast.

Chef, is the leader in DevOps, driving collaboration through code to automate infrastructure, security, compliance and applications. Chef provides a single path to production making it faster and safer to add value to applications and meet the demands of the customer. Deployed broadly in production by the Global 5000 and used by more than half of the Fortune 500, Chef develops 100 percent of its software as open source under the Apache 2.0 license with no restrictions on its use. Chef Enterprise Automation Stack™, a commercial distribution, is developed solely from that open source code and unifies security, compliance, infrastructure and application automation with observability. Chef provides an unequaled developer experience for the Coded Enterprise by enabling users to express infrastructure, security policies and the application lifecycle as code, modernizing development, packaging and delivery of any application to any platform. For more information, visit http://chef.io and follow @chef.

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Sample Customers
US Foods, Penn State, St Vincent's Health US Foods, Sabadell Bank, SunTrust, Australia Sydney, Stemac, Capgemini, WNS Global Services, Jebsen & Jessen, CenterBeam, Strauss, Christian Hospital Centre, Brit Insurance, Career Education CorporationFacebook, Standard Bank, GE Capital, Nordstrom, Optum, Barclays, IGN, General Motors, Scholastic, Riot Games, NCR, Gap
Top Industries
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University16%
Healthcare Company14%
Retailer14%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise65%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business3%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise88%
REVIEWERS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise60%
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BigFix is ranked 2nd in Configuration Management with 33 reviews while Chef is ranked 7th in Configuration Management. BigFix is rated 8.6, while Chef is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of BigFix writes "Very stable and easy to deploy with excellent patch compliance". On the other hand, BigFix is most compared with SCCM, Ansible, Tanium, Red Hat Satellite and Puppet Enterprise, whereas Chef is most compared with Ansible, SCCM, BMC TrueSight Server Automation, Jenkins and Microsoft Azure DevOps.

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