I want to share the comparison I made for Jamf Pro and some various other Mac Management solutions, like Parallels, Airwatch and Centrify, in terms of features they provide and support.
This comparison served us to highlight the benefits of Jamf and to ultimately choose Jamf over other solutions.
The feature list has been imported from the official Jamf site and all solutions have been compared to these.
Please keep in mind that not all of the information will be 100% correct and that there could be mistakes or faults. If you have any comments or changes you want to add, please feel free to add them into the comparison table directly, I will check them afterwards and adapt them.
Find the comparison here:
Comparison: Mac Management software
Update: 20/12/19: Now editable by everyone!
Hope this can help some you and will be useful for some of you!
(I'm relatively new to this community, so if you have some tips or improvements for me, please feel free to tell me, thanks!)
I heard someone mention filewave. I used to assist an admin of that when I was younger. It was not good. Maybe they improved it? Has been 8 years. I very much disliked Filewave. It's crossplatform, fyi.
Awesome collection of information started here @Merdiation! If you are going to add the One Identity product, perhaps also think about the Apple Enterprise Connect and NoMAD products? Not a management tool, but more like an add-on at this point.. Perhaps with different key items/features in the first column (that none of the other management products will cover).. Just an idea.
@boberito : I'd like to add only "all-in-one" solutions. I guess Munki cannot be considered a real Mac Management solution, can it?
@marco : Thanks man, glad you like it :) Same goes for the Apple Enterprise Connect and NoMAD products. They're more specific tools, specializing in one area. I guess the Excel sheet will be to complex if we add all such products.
@JSilin : Not everyone has Jamf already and may want to check, which benefits one can get with it (and if these are necessary in the environment) ;). About Deep-freeze from Faronics: Is this like a complete Mac Management solution or more like a snapshot tool for Mac devices?
If you know some features that are missing in the list, please tell me which to add. (Maybe other solutions offer features that Jamf doesn't have (yet)).
I have used
Parallels for Mac Management
I agree with @Merdiation Jamf is by far the best tool I have ever used in my 18 years as a Mac Systems Engineer. As our budget shrink and our Man Power decreases the days we all have the time to spend 3-5 hours coming up with creative ways to solve problems has deteriorated. One thing those of us who have been in the business for a while don't take into account is. Can what we just creatively did be duplicated or understood by anyone we work with? How many man hours did this solution take and is there a more efficient way. The combination of Jamf 90% and Centrify 10% with their excellent support departments has given me back my efficiency. In addition to that when I actually go on vacation my co-workers / employees call Jamf and Centrify for engineering questions. I manage 900 Mac as the principal engineer and IT Director while my 8 Desktop Engineers manage our 5000 PC's. I am not only able to innovate, update, manage and maintain my systems. I am able to stay ahead of the curve while still attending all my BS Management meetings in a 50 hour work week. I have had some as-semblance of success with every tool listed above but Jamf is by far the best of those tools.
Add Symantec's Altiris too...I don't think it does any of the MDM stuff (profiles), which limits functionality, but if the environment is already established for Windows, or you need a holistic CMDB, it would have a place.
I just learned about Mosyle from a friend/colleague of mine this morning. Has some nice dashboards and some interesting features for K-12 education. But from what I've read, it seems to be slow and frustrates a lot of admins.
I'm not in edu, but I'll still stick with Jamf!
A reboot a day keeps the admin away!
Probably an impossible ask, because of the time and resources it would take to compile the data, but I would love to see a product to tech debt document. Meaning, what sort of manual labors does it take to use the products day to day. I doubt anyone has time to spend at minimum a few months with each product and then go through the ins and outs of it, but would be a very interesting read.
As someone who has stood up Jamf systems at 3 universities and been through the purchase/decision process each time, a good comparison site is definitely something that is needed in this space. My employers each had either a legal or procedural obligation to compare Jamf with competing MDM products, and I was the one who did most of the legwork in that process. One of the lessons I have learned is that if you can get access to their reports, Gartner and Forrester both do a good job of providing the overview and comparison. You'll save yourself a lot of effort if you can either use your search engine skills to get their reports or convince your employer to pay for them.
Thoughts on the 2019 Gartner report? My question is why did others score higher in certain areas over Jamf? And I have trialed the other product and i'm left scratching my head on how the others could get a higher rating then Jamf. Do we know if they included Jamf Connect?