We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The implementation is nice and easy."
"A good automated scripts feature."
"Scripting and patch management are really important for us. Patch Manager is something that we use a lot, and we would love to have it continually improved. It is one of the most useful features for us for controlling patches and other things for different clients."
"We use monitors to keep track of our machines. We use a pretty good portion of information from Automate."
"It's definitely improved the help-desk servicing, et cetera."
"The initial setup is easy and the deployment is quick."
"ConnectWise Automate's interface is pretty easy to use. It's pretty intuitive to get around and navigate it. It does what I need, which is usually connecting to the client and customers systems."
"Meraki dashboard deserves an Oscar."
"Great visibility on the dashboard."
"The ease-of-use and the analytics are really effective tools."
"The most valuable feature is ease of use."
"The most valuable feature is its simplicity in navigating through the dashboard. It's well set out, and the layout is nice and user friendly. A lot of clients enjoy seeing layer 7 visibility. They get a good indication and insight into what is happening in their network and what applications are being used the most. They can then customize and give preference to business-critical applications."
"It is very easy to manage. It has good security, and it is working well with our firewall."
"The dashboard itself is very simplified and easy to navigate."
"Some of the features I have found valuable are the ease of access, simple configuration, and monitoring."
"I have a problem with the reports available on the solution. I don't understand how to work with the reporting functionality. For example, when I want to give a report for a specific machine, ConnectWise doesn't seem to have this as an option. I'm not sure if I'm missing something, or if the reporting functionality is just poorly conceived."
"The menu doesn't always load properly."
"In Patch Manager, there should be more reportability so that it is easier to see the updates that I have applied to a machine and when the next update will happen. A lot of times, it seems like all the information is kind of thrown all over the place, and you can't really see it all at the same time. There should be a simplified patch data view that allows us to quickly confirm that our various clients are getting patched as they should be."
"We would love to get feature updates and cumulative updates fixed. I know they aren't really supposed to be pushed with Patch Manager. We've got recommendations from ConnectWise to use the scripted feature update installs, scripted KB updates, etc. Having these in Patch Manager itself would be great."
"The wait time for a support ticket to be addressed needs to be reduced. They take a couple of days to get back. It is a little frustrating when we have to wait for a couple of days. A lot of times, the issue is critical for us. If we're reaching out to their support team and submitting a ticket, it is because we need it handled quickly."
"They could use some automated alerts particularly when we're talking about an MSP that might shoot over."
"Their support needs to be better."
"There could be better linkages between ConnectWise Automate and Manage from a ticketing perspective. Automate and Manage each has its own ticketing system. We use the one in Manage, but it'd be nice if they were linked directly to the one in Automate."
"We would like to be able to test the health of WAN connections."
"Price could be reduced."
"The product is missing a VPN and it is a major issue when it comes to deployment."
"The initial setup is complex and can be made more straightforward."
"They can improve the landing page in Meraki Dashboard. When I go into an organization, they can include a lot more infographics. They can also simplify it a bit and consolidate it. For example, if I've got five branches and I go into customer A's profile or organization, I'd like to see an infographic on the landing page providing a snippet of the entire network layout, that is, all branches in one snapshot. From there, I would like to go into the network that I want to work on or view."
"There is a bit of a problem when you try to log in and you don't have a fixed IP address. If you're granting access, you need to log in by using the IP address. If your administrator's IP address is not a fixed IP address and it has changed, you might need to update the changed IP address in the interface. For this, you need to log in to the interface to update the IP address. This issue might not have so much to do with Meraki interface."
"If I am a user and I have a seat on the fourth floor, if I move across the building, the system should be able to track me and should be able to figure out my whereabouts or my position within the building if I'm connected to the wireless. That would make the administrator's life easier in terms of reachability."
"There are some issues with the NAT configuration, it is now impossible to some operations with the solution."
"From what I've overheard, it is pretty comparable to other solutions in terms of price."
"The pricing for a small setup is only a few hundred dollars a year. The fee is subscription-based."
"Typically, the license model is for one, three, and five years. They can just be a bit more flexible around it and look into providing an option for 24 months."
ConnectWise Automate, formerly LabTech, is an IT management tool that helps deliver IT services at the speed of business. Our remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform provides powerful automation to discover & manage devices, monitor for problems, and automate action. Deliver streamlined reactive and proactive managed services, stop putting out fires, and start focusing on what matters most. See why over 5,500 partners worldwide chose ConnectWise Automate by visiting https://www.connectwise.com/software/automate or calling 877-522-8323.
The dashboard that hosts all of the information around the Meraki product data.
ConnectWise Automate is ranked 2nd in Remote Monitoring and Management Software with 6 reviews while Meraki Dashboard is ranked 14th in Network Monitoring Software with 9 reviews. ConnectWise Automate is rated 7.4, while Meraki Dashboard is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of ConnectWise Automate writes "Good scripting and patch management, very stable, and easy to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki Dashboard writes "Centralized dashboard management for all devices on your network that is easy-to-use". ConnectWise Automate is most compared with Pulseway, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Continuum Command, N-able Remote Monitoring & Management and N-able N-central, whereas Meraki Dashboard is most compared with ThousandEyes, Zabbix, PRTG Network Monitor, SolarWinds NPM and Nagios XI.
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