The documentation was great but it does address SCCM.
Particulary about the vendors suite of solution for management. if someone is evaluating SCCM, its well worth considering the product family - the combination of SCCM/SCOM by themselves is well worth the investment.
Yes I have work with the other vendors products (altiris, zenworks, marimba).
My recommendation is deploy the product in the lab or invite one of the partner to come over and talk to you about their solution line and roadmap. You will find the story around systemcenter very compeling and make SCCM a leader of the pack.
I do not work for MS ;)
That is a comprehensive list of differences betn. Marimba and SMS 2003, something which would be starting point for me, I had some screenshots from a webcast way back in 2004 that had these differences, I am looking something more SCCM specific.
Marimba Advantage.zip 2.4 MB
One of our deal killers back when I wrote up the doc was the ability to provide service while NOT on the corp network or VPN.
As far as I know Marimba is the only service that still offers this.
Before SCCM2007 came out I spoke with my contacts at MS and the SMS guys told me that MS has no plans to provide a "Internet facing" sms option, but that may have changed.
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OK. SCOM is event management tool not client management. Then you have to include BMC Patrol to the evaluation. Marimba is client management tool not event management tool. SCCM address service desk, event, client and server management together. In addition, SCCM does not have the ability to deploy package with Microsoft direct connect. (Cloud) I've look and evaluate both product. You logic is has some fallacy.
Are you even consider the hardware cost for both infrastructure? Can SCCM run on desktop that cost $500 level hardware? Can SCCM do URL base application store without their version of the Service Desk? SCCM is mostly collection base policy even for AD group. Is there direct link for associating policy via AD?
SCCM is selling there product has integration solution for service desk, event, client, and server Management. You should compare BladeLogic Server Manager and Config Manager server portion. Not the suite that SCCM presents.
Better comparison should Config Manager component within SCCM.