The number of tools for IT Ops professionals to choose from is overwhelming. For this reason, we created the periodic table of IT Ops tools to better define, organize, and explain the IT Ops tooling landscape. It is our hope that it will help IT professionals find, explore, and choose tools for their future IT Ops stack.

In a portion of this table we dive into Client Management tools specifically. Below you will find a list of the top client management tools per the interactions we measure on the table.

What is Client Management?

According to Gartner, client management tools (previously known as PC configuration life cycle management [PCCLM] tools) manage the configurations of client systems. Specific functionality includes OS deployment, inventory, software distribution, patch management, software usage monitoring and remote control. Desktop support organizations use client management tools to automate system administration and support functions that would otherwise be done manually.

The best Client Management tools:

Altiris (Symantec)

Altiris Inc. is a subsidiary of Symantec specializing in service-oriented management software which allows organizations to manage IT assets. They also provide software for web services, security, and systems management products. Symantec Endpoint Management offers the Altiris technology under its Client Management Suite.


ConnectWise Automate and Control provide remote access, monitoring, and control capabilities to IT endpoints.

Kaseya VSA

Kaseya Virtual System Administrator (Kaseya VSA) is an extensible IT asset and remote administration platform from Kaseya, the IT management company, which enables remote monitoring and supports administrative tasks (patching, policy management, etc.).


Matrix42 is an integrated workspace management solution for organizations that offers unified endpoint management, asset management, itsm, and other applications.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM, also known as ConfigMgr) is a systems management software product developed by Microsoft for managing large groups of computers running Windows NT, Windows Embedded, macOS (OS X), Linux or UNIX, as well as Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS and Android mobile operating systems. Configuration Manager provides remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection and hardware and software inventory.

Quest Kace

Quest KACE, formerly Dell KACE, is a company that specializes in computer appliances for systems management of information technology equipment. It also provides software for security, application virtualization, and systems management products. The KACE Endpoint Systems Management Appliance, an IT Asset tracking and management appliance (also available as a virtual deployment if hardware requirements are…

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