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Jun 30, 2021
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I’ll start off by saying Codeproof is a decent mobile device management platform. You could get your basic device management tasks done with Codeproof. But that exactly is the catch when it comes to Codeproof, it’s basic.
The main limitation of Codeproof is that it lacks scalability with its features. You would be stuck doing basic device management and that’s about it, nothing more. The solution doesn’t grow with your business.
That’s why more and more organizations, are starting to opt for a solution like Hexnode, a device management solution that scales with you every step of the way.
And as far as an alternative for Codeproof goes, here are 8 reasons why Hexnode can be the better choice when it comes to endpoint management.
One of the most limiting factors when it comes to endpoint management software is the platforms it supports. As your organization grows, so will your device ecosystem. It wouldn’t be prudent to get multiple endpoint management solutions just because the current one you are using doesn’t support certain platforms.
Codeproof supports Android, iOS, and Windows devices, that’s about it. What is particularly worrisome is the lack of macOS support which is quickly becoming the choice device for businesses around the world. Codeproof also lacks tvOS and FireOS support.
Hexnode provides support for Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, tvOS, FireOS, and ChromeOS support is on the way. By providing support for such multitudes of platforms, Hexnode can act as a one-stop-shop for your endpoint management needs and be flexible enough to handle any device ecosystem you throw at it with grace.
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To be fair, Codeproof does let you push apps to managed devices remotely. And that’s about it. You can push apps to multiple devices at once but these apps have to be pushed one at a time. This is not efficient and can cause inconsistencies in deployment.
Codeproof also doesn’t let you select mandatory apps that should be present on every device. This too can cause inconsistencies and maybe even compliance issues down the line.
Hexnode has multiple app management capabilities like app grouping and app catalogs that can come in handy in multiple use cases and most importantly mitigates inconsistencies in deployment. Mandatory apps can also be established and can be used as one of the criteria for compliance checks. You can also create custom app stores that would only house applications that are approved or whitelisted by you.
Hexnode also has an extensive mobile content management feature. You can push documents that may be required by the employee, right when they require it, remotely. This is made possible with Hexnode’s native File Manager.
Apps pushed remotely via Hexnode
The device and the end-user are the two most important facets of endpoint management. Everything involved in the process is to manage how these entities function.
While Codeproof does support device grouping, capabilities for dynamically removing devices from the said group were not found on the platform. This can be quite a pain for IT managers, especially if a large number of devices are involved. They would have to sit down and manually check and remove devices that are non-compliant based on the group’s parameters.
As for user management, Codeproof showed no promise here too. There was no way to assign multiple devices to a single user or manage access and restrictions at an individual level. This limits the scope for management available to the IT admin
Hexnode can not only group devices, with it you can establish certain parameters for each group. This is called dynamic grouping. Dynamic groups help the admin automate device compliance checks. It also ensures that all the devices are up-to-date regarding patches and updates, thereby enhancing device security.
User enrollment and management are also supported by Hexnode. Users can be added to the platform individually or using a directory software and devices or restrictions can be assigned to these users on an individual level.
Kiosks are pretty useful, they can act as POS systems, Digital Signages and can even be used to collect feedback. The possibilities are limitless in a corporate environment.
Codeproof does support the deployment of kiosks on Android, iOS, and Windows devices but its kiosk offering lacks granularity. It lacks control over the apps that run in the background while the kiosk is active and Codeproof offers no option to set up a password for exiting kiosk mode. Lack of attention to such details makes Codeproof’s kiosk offering a bit lackluster.
Hexnode’s Kiosk offers kiosk lockdown solutions to Android, iOS, Windows, and tvOS devices. Complete peripheral apps control is on the table here and you can even set a kiosk exit password.
For iOS devices, you can even lock the devices in an autonomous single app mode, where a single app would run in the foreground and all other background apps with be limited. And the tvOS kiosk is not something to be scoffed at. Hexnode offers a digital signage solution for all devices but combines that with tvOS, you have proper modern marketing done right.
Hexnode’s kiosk solution is more expansive and flexible whereas Codeproof’s kiosk solution felt more rigid and limited.
A device in a kiosk lockdown state
The user interface is often an overlooked factor. But the truth of the matter is that it is quite important. You would spend the whole while looking at it and navigating through it, so it should look good, right?
Here’s where Codeproof truly fails. The UI of the cloud console offered by Codeproof is at the same time empty and cluttered. The tabbed view on the policy manager looks overwhelming and could very well confuse an endpoint management novice. But a good yardstick to measure the UI would be the dashboard. Some high-level information is strewn about in a haphazard manner all throughout the dashboard.
Let’s start with the dashboard. Hexnode also presents high-level data on its dashboard but its neatly arranged and presented in a minimal style that wouldn’t be too overwhelming, even for a beginner. Along with that Hexnode also offers a search bar, where you could search users, devices, or policies and find them without a hassle. Each tab has neatly laid out tools and information with help doc links within the page.
Hexnode’s well-structured dashboard
Multiple individuals are going to come into contact with the endpoint management software you have deployed. If each and every person has admin rights on the entire platform, it is likely to be a bit chaotic. This is why roles matter.
Codeproof offers just two roles in their platform, one being the administrator and the other is an enrollment role, for enrolling devices in bulk. As far as platform management goes, this is not the way to do it. There is no hierarchy and the information is not provided on a need-to-know basis.
With Hexnode you can add up to 5 technicians with varying degrees of control. First, there is the super admin who has the most access to the platform. Then there is admin, reports manager, and apps & reports manager. As the name suggests, each of these roles only has access to certain parts of the platform.
Every platform needs to integrate certain tools into its ecosystem to function at its best. These integrations are a vital part of what makes the platform whole.
Integration on the Codeproof platform is fairly limited. They have Android Enterprise and Apple Business Manager integration but when it comes to identity and access management, the integrations are close to none. So, organizations with already established identity access management solutions are going to face a setback.
Hexnode offers multiple integrations including Android Enterprise, Apple Business Manager and even Apple School Manager. As for the identity and access management space, Hexnode can integrate with multiple IAM providers like Active Directory, Azure AD, and Okta for a smooth onboarding and management process. For Samsung devices, Hexnode also provides Knox integration for much more granular restrictions and control.
Now we are down to the brass tacks, pricing and support could determine what value each platform could provide and even be a good factor to be included in the final ROI.
Codeproof provides two pricing plans, the professional plan, and the enterprise plan. The former starts off at $3.99 / device per month and the latter starts at $4.99/device per month. As for support, there is a hot-line you could contact and there is email support as well. There is no live chat support, that is to be noted.
Hexnode offers 5 tiers of pricing with varying features, but for $4/device per month (the starting price of Codeproof), you get access to Hexnode’s Ultimate Plan. This includes
And much, much more. You can check out the whole pricing structure here.
Compared to Codeproof’s $3.99 price tier which offers no Mac support, no tvOS support, no automation, and no identity and access management integrations, Hexnode wins this battle fair and square.
Coming to support, Hexnode offers 24×5 support via live chat, callbacks, and email. The person at the other end will always be a Hexnode expert who could clear any queries raised by you.
I think my argument is pretty clear. Hexnode offers a cleaner solution with more granular device management features. Codeproof albeit is pretty decent when it comes to device management but it falls short in many areas where Hexnode excels.
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