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Cherwell Service Management vs. Freshdesk
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cherwell Service Management vs. Freshdesk and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"The most valuable features are problem management and change management.""Its integration features, orchestration features, and discovery tools are the most valuable. It is also pretty stable, and it can be as scalable as you want."

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"It is quite easy to program custom apps and integrate them.""We have made use of the training academy and the technical support team from Freshdesk. Both have been very good resources.""The feature that I have found most valuable is the way that it connects to various folders especially because we use it as a CRM tool. We can connect it with our phones and our chat, and also with the API and have it as an email service. Freshdesk just makes our life easier.""It's free of charge for us. For our scale of business, it's very important. We don't have a lot of tickets.""The user experience on the platform itself is fantastic. The UI is clean and uncluttered, so it's easy to find any information about your customer or the issue at hand. You can find out the person responsible for that particular issue, what the problem is, who the stakeholders are, and how to resolve it. There are lots of tools that will help you do that as well.""Freshdesk has allowed us to measure and track the response and resolution time of tickets which has been reduced from seven to eight hours down to 30 minutes to one hour.""I like that it's very user-friendly. The way they designed this application, any layperson can just do some drag and drop actions and use it. It's not that difficult. It's also easy to implement. The most important thing is, you don't need to go to this application to create a ticket. You just send out an email, and the ticket is created automatically. I have never seen a feature like this before.""Its simplicity is most valuable. It is easy and simple, and it requires negligible training effort. I don't spend all my time goofing around trying to find stuff in the ticketing system."

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Cons
"Areas for improvement would be the service catalog and customer catalog, which is not very user-friendly. The shopping cart experience is also terrible - you submit and go straight to the cart, you can't continue shopping or see your overall cost.""Application service mapping, GRC, SecOps, and things like that need improvement."

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"The dashboards are useful but could be so much better. As a product manager, and data scientist, we couldn't use the dashboard for analytics and had to move the data in Power BI.""The reporting, analysis modules and insights capabilities for this solution could be improved.""We have many cases where a ticket comes in, and it ends up having multiple team members working on it. It would be really nice to be able to assign a single ticket to multiple people, rather than having to create the parent-child hierarchy that they have set up. It generates a proliferation of tickets that I really don't want to have. Having to jump from a parent to one child and then to another child makes it harder for me to be able to see the entire case from end to end. A simple example is our new hire process or our termination process. We have people who leave. We also have people who come on board. We have got multiple people participating and doing things related to the leaving or onboarding process. Currently, I have to go to different tickets to be able to see whether all tasks are really done or not. If I could assign lots of people to one ticket, it would be really nice.""Having so many tags makes everyday work a lot more complicated, and a lot more time-consuming.""While it's good for a small number of tickets, definitely in the future, we will require something more powerful.""There are a few things we have asked for, like a forward button. When a ticket comes in, we forward it, but it doesn't sync up with the forward. That is the one they have to rework. The other is when we forward the ticket, it doesn't go all, or certain things don't go with it. We have told them about it, and they are working on it. It would be better if they gave us a more standard reporting template. Although they already have some, many aren't usable. It would be easier if we had more templates to work with.""I would like to be able to change the subject in emails for ourselves. If we could have the option to do that, it would improve our speed and the overall cleanliness of the CRM.""There are some restrictions where you need automation and sometimes there is just no way to achieve what you need."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "For an ITIL user, the cost is probably about 50 bucks a month."
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  • "It was definitely not expensive. It was two grand or maybe three grand total for a year. It has just straight and simple standard licensing fees. There is no additional fee."
  • "The price could be better, but it's okay. Compared to ServiceNow and JIRA, Freshworks offers a competitive price. There are also additional licensing costs because you need Microsoft Outlook. Each new email account costs around $15 to $19."
  • "The best system plan is enterprise. It costs basically 79 Euros per agent per month when it's billed annually and 95 Euros per agent per month when it's billed monthly."
  • "We use a licensing model only so we pay for the number of agents we have configured in the system only."
  • "Freshdesk was the best solution with the best price. It was cost efficient and included all the features that we needed."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are problem management and change management.
    Top Answer:Areas for improvement would be the service catalog and customer catalog, which is not very user-friendly. The shopping cart experience is also terrible - you submit and go straight to the cart, you… more »
    Top Answer:My primary use of this is in a hospital environment to manage both clinical and non-clinical incidents. We also have a few integrations with third parties, for example, to track the levels in ink… more »
    Top Answer:It is very easy to make reports.
    Top Answer:I'm not familiar with the pricing aspect of the product.
    Top Answer:Having so many tags makes everyday work a lot more complicated, and a lot more time-consuming. If I'm going to contact a client, then I have to put all of these tags, and that ticket is closed as the… more »
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    Overview
    Cherwell Service Management is a powerful IT service management (ITSM) solution that provides IT organizations the flexibility needed for rapid configuration and customization, minimal overhead, and frictionless upgrades at a fraction of the cost and complexity associated with legacy ITSM solutions. Cherwell's codeless design architecture means you can add new functionality without modifying a single line of code, integrate easily with third party applications, and upgrade without fear of breaking what you've built.
    Freshdesk is a full-fledged cloud based customer support solution that offers everything a business needs to deliver exceptional support. Unlike competing products with steep pricing tiers and hidden strings, Freshdesk is priced affordably, and is free forever for the first three agents. Built with an emphasis on usability, Freshdesk offers all the tools a company needs to wow its customers - robust multichannel capability, integrated game mechanics to supercharge agent productivity, smart automations and a lot more. From startups to enterprises, more than 80,000 businesses of all sizes use Freshdesk to streamline their support processes. Freshdesk is part of the Freshworks product family, whose products include Freshservice IT Service Management Software, Freshsales CRM Software etc. – with more than 100000 customers worldwide, including Cisco, Honda, 3M, The Atlantic, and QuizUp.
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    Sample Customers
    Ausenco, Highlights for Children, B/E Aerospace
    Honda, 3M, Hugo Boss, Petronas, Sony Pictures, The Atlantic, goodreads, Clear Channel Radio, Penn University of Pennsylvania, unicef, Kuoni, Movember
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government10%
    Educational Organization6%
    REVIEWERS
    Retailer23%
    Computer Software Company15%
    University8%
    Healthcare Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government5%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise26%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cherwell Service Management vs. Freshdesk
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cherwell Service Management vs. Freshdesk and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cherwell Service Management is ranked 28th in Help Desk Software with 2 reviews while Freshdesk is ranked 3rd in Help Desk Software with 10 reviews. Cherwell Service Management is rated 7.0, while Freshdesk is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cherwell Service Management writes "A scalable solution with good discovery, integration, and orchestration features, but application service mapping, GRC, and SecOps need improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Freshdesk writes "Easy to use with great features and helpful technical support". Cherwell Service Management is most compared with ServiceNow, BMC Helix ITSM, Ivanti Service Desk , JIRA Service Management and SCSM, whereas Freshdesk is most compared with ServiceNow, JIRA Service Management, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus and Zendesk Guide. See our Cherwell Service Management vs. Freshdesk report.

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