Appsense vs RES article series

TheEditorEditor’s introduction: I have the pleasure today of welcoming Paul Newton as a guest writer here at! Paul has been in IT for 20 years, with the last 15 years spent in the systems management area. Paul is experienced with AppSense, SCCM, AdminStudio, App-V, Citrix and of course RES Software. He has worked in several large and medium sized enterprises in healthcare, energy, and broadcasting.

In the following article, Paul touches on an interesting subject which is sure to get the attention of the usual suspects ;) Over the years, there’s been a couple of more or less useful comparisons between what the merry folks respectively at AppSense and RES Software do, when it comes to managing the user’s persona/profile/environment/workspace (take your pick). The problem with most comparisons is that they basically end up just being a longwinded list of check boxes of who can do what.

The inherent problem with said approach is this: Whoever “dares” to create such a checkbox comparison sheet between any two or more competing vendors, is likely to have at least two vendors breathing down their neck, as the vendors all essentially want to look their best and have every last darn checkbox filled. For a long time, I’ve been advocating another approach: Presuming Vendor X and Vendor Y’s product can do the same things overall – logically the focus must shift from what CAN be done to HOW IT IS DONE.

As for vendor marketeers, this approach is obviously a lot tougher to deal with, especially if your product interface generally speaking is weak, unstructured or down right complicated to use. For the record, I am not referring to any particular vendor indirectly here – these are plain and objective terms to meter by. Of course it is any vendors prerogative to protest that things aren’t being done right, if there is an easier way that has been overlooked. Either way, this cuts the non-technical muglers out of the discussion, so us folks on the factory floor, the engineers can better figure out what product we want to use and recommend.

This is exactly the approach Paul Newton has taken in this article series, which has been moved to the Techlibrary. Let us hand it over to Paul from here: Click below to read the articles:

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  • By Arno, August 13, 2013 @ 05:09

    Ok, bit biased review (you probably searched for the item with the biggest difference?), but have you tried AD GPP? no need to install (and more important BUY) anything and drive mapping is done as easy as in RES WM… even with a friendly name and extensive targeting options that can match RES WM.

  • By Paul Urgero, August 13, 2013 @ 17:38

    Great example! RES Is Much More Intuitive And Straight Forward.

  • By Nate Hale, August 15, 2013 @ 03:39

    Paul, this was a very good article. I appreciate the advice. I hope to see more of this type of info sooner rather than later.

    Thanks Guys!!!

    Have a great day.

  • By Max Ranzau, August 15, 2013 @ 04:37

    @Arno, I think I can answer for Paul that if we were to do MS/GPP then we’d have to do Quest, Scense and all the other guys. I trust we can agree that it’s usually RES and Appsense being compared most of the time.

    As for searching for something with the biggest difference, without knowing AS in detail I figure this angle of comparing the how’s, presents plenty of other opportunities to explore the differences. AS is of course welcome to write articles about what they think is easier in their products than in ours. Just as they are welcome to call BS on this article if we’ve done it wrong, we will respond in kind vice versa.

  • By Paul Newton, August 15, 2013 @ 04:56

    Nate, Thanks!

    Arno, No searching involved. The “Map Drive” action was a simple example off the top. More comparisons to come.

    With respect to AD GPP, you are correct. In more than one way, AD GPP can also be more simple than AppSense. With that said, AD’s item level targeting or object filtering isn’t as robust nor comes close to RES Workspace Manager’s context awareness capabilities or even AppSense EM “conditions”. The purpose of this article was to compare the “how’s” between the two products with the first example being a “Map Drive” action.

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