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Your alternative to SCCM is here!

Desktop Central is a unified endpoint management (UEM) solution that’s easy to set up and use, and is friendly on your pocket.

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The best unified endpoint management (UEM) solution is the one that simplifies your endpoint management tasks.

When you choose endpoint management software, you’re looking for a solution to the endpoint management chaos. Ideally, your UEM solution should be easy to set up, simple to learn, and loved by your technicians. If you’ve been looking for an alternative for SCCM, look no further!

Introducing Desktop Central.

Desktop Central vs SCCM - A Snapshot.

Don't take our word for it. See what users are saying.

    • Desktop Central
    • SCCM
    • Overall peer rating
    • 4.5
      (253 reviews)
    • 4.3
      (508 reviews)
    • Willingness to recomend
    • 87% Yes
    • 82% Yes
    • Product Capabilities
      4.6253 reviewer(s)
      4.5508 reviewer(s)
    • Patching
      4.6252 reviewer(s)
      4.5504 reviewer(s)
    • Software Distribution
      4.5251 reviewer(s)
      4.6503 reviewer(s)
    • Inventory and Software use
      4.5252 reviewer(s)
      4.3503 reviewer(s)
    • Scalability
      4.5251 reviewer(s)
      4.4498 reviewer(s)
    • Adminstration and usage
      4.5251 reviewer(s)
      4.2501 reviewer(s)
    • Customization
      4.1252 reviewer(s)
      4296 reviewer(s)
    • Integration
      4.3249 reviewer(s)
      4.2502 reviewer(s)

Source: Gartner 2021

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Seven reasons Desktop Central is a better alternative to SCCM

1) Effortless setup and implementation.

If you're familiar with Microsoft SCCM, you already know setup and implementation are complicated. On the other hand, Desktop Central is quick and easy to set up; you can have the server up, running, and installing agents across your network within an hour, all without any product training.

SCCM has also restricted MDM support to Windows 10 devices. Desktop Central's UEM solution provides support for all endpoints—servers, desktops, laptops, virtual machines, point of sale (POS) machines, tablets, and mobile devices!

Desktop Central supports the following mobile devices:

  • Android 2.2 and above
  • iOS 4.0 and above
  • Chrome OS
  • tvOS

2) One hassle-free package with multi-platform support.

Microsoft recently dropped a bombshell that SCCM support has ended for Linux and Unix version 1802 and below. What other table-stake features will go next?

Desktop Central offers support for a wide range of products and vendors:

  • Windows (from the legacy Windows XP to Windows 10)
  • Mac (from Snow Leopard to Mojave)
  • Linux (Ubuntu, Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora, Mandriva, Debian, Mint, openSUSE, and SUSE Linux)

3) Extensive patching for over 250 third-party applications.

While most people think of OS updates when patching comes to mind, third-party software deserves just as much consideration: over 75% of vulnerabilities on the average PC are due to third-party applications.

SCCM's third-party application patching capabilities are limited. On Microsoft’s feedback page, improvements to SCCM's third-party patching feature is the top request. On the other hand, Desktop Central offers an extensive third-party application catalog with a wide repository of patches for Adobe, Java, multiple internet browsers, and more.

4) Automatic removal of prohibited software.

There’s no straightfoward way to stop clients from using prohibited software in SCCM. Desktop Central mitigates this issue by offering two separate features for combating prohibited software: one automatically uninstalls any prohibited software detected on client computers, and the other blocks any prohibited executable from ever running on the systems in your network to begin with.

5) USB device management.

USB flash drives and other portable USB devices are a major causes of security incidents. Damages can include confidential data being lost or stolen, and huge fines for violating compliance rules and regulations. However, SCCM provides no straight forward way to block USB devices; SCCM users have to resort to complex scripts to secure, control and monitor USB and peripheral ports.

Desktop Central helps administrators limit the scope of USB device use based on the roles and departments of the employee or based on the device. Restrictions can be applied not only at the computer and user level, but to manufacturer type as well.

Desktop Central offers free 24x7 email and 24x5 call and chat support, even to customers using free solutions!

6) Unparalleled support rain or shine.

One of the major drawbacks with SCCM is post-purchase support. Unless you're an elite customer shelling out money on support, you'll have to rely on the SCCM community for help.  ManageEngine has a different approach to support.

7) Budget-friendly pricing.

SCCM is notorious for nailing organizations with hidden costs. Having to purchase separate licenses for managing PCs and mobile devices can increase costs, spread resources thin, and decrease organizational efficiency.

Instead, try out Desktop Central's Free edition to manage up to 25 devices, or check out our other subscription plans for medium to large-sized organizations. With Desktop Central, there are no hidden costs, no extra charges, and no need to pay more for out-of-the-box features. With Desktop Central, what you see on the pricing page is what you pay.