ServiceNow vs SolarWinds Web Help Desk comparison

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We performed a comparison between ServiceNow and SolarWinds Web Help Desk based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"The flow designer feature of ServiceNow has had the biggest impact on our productivity because it has helped me reduce manual efforts by creating automation and robotics.""It uses a common base of data and allows different types of records to pull from that same base of data.""It can scale well if you are managing IT assets.""The solution has very good automation tools.""Data in reports and dashboards are easily accessible.""Everything about the schema, including the design of ServiceNow, is great.""It enables us to meet SLAs, track issues across the environment, and report those issues.""Straightforward tool."

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"It has a pretty good search function. If you do the advanced search, you can basically search for anything in any field. If I do a search on the request field and just put in some terms I'm searching for, I can usually find the ticket that I'm looking for.""Once installed, it runs like a charm and doesn't ever crash.""SolarWinds is scalable as far as adding devices and servers.""It is easy to use.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the assets management module."

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"The solution could improve by making the CMDB integrate with a CI better to allow it to be seen across multiple platforms.""It's a little expensive compared to other tools.""The major area for improvement for our needs would be monitoring the metrics of the times to acknowledge and resolve issues and escalations.""It should have more artificial intelligence for business and work capabilities. The community is not so active. There must be initiatives to make the community talk more and share more information.""It's moving at a very fast pace. It is difficult for developers or engineers to keep up with it. That's the only issue.""I know that discovery tools are not meant to be simple, but somehow, if they could make it more simple and robust, that would be great.""We don't have a huge amount of password reset requests, but the minimum package of resets that ServiceNow offers is much more than we need.""Service mapping could be less complicated."

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"We would like to see automation included in the next release. We would like to eliminate the L1, and L2 support, by at least 80%. To do this, we need automation with AI (Artificial Intelligence) in combination with ML (Machine Learning).""The interface feels clunky to me compared to some other systems that I've used. I used ManageEngine Service Desk prior to this at my previous job and that had stuff like categories that we use that I don't see in SolarWinds.""A little outdated compared to newer products that include protection and detection.""This solution needs to have mobile application support added.""It would be good if there were training and tutorial videos on the Web Help Desk."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The first impact for the customer is that it is expensive, but do not forget that it is a solution that includes infrastructure; a single cost, easy to justify."
  • "It has a higher cost compared to local/regional solutions."
  • "We know that ServiceNow is not cheap, it's more expensive than other solutions. But we are trying to increase our ability to handle tickets so that the cost per ticket is less."
  • "It's sold as a less expensive solution, but it has to be highly modified. That's where you get into the cost."
  • "ServiceNow pricing is an art, not a science. The deal depends on how commercially savvy you are, which does make it something that is quite difficult to get right. It is most definitely an opportunity area for ServiceNow to improve and have more visibility around pricing of the different products within the platform."
  • "ServiceNow is a leader and its pricing is quite good, quite competitive... Sometimes some plugins are not priced reasonably but, generally, the platform itself, its modules, are priced reasonably."
  • "Isn't pricing always too much? We really do chafe at the ITIL licensing. ITOM is also pretty expensive."
  • "Initially, the licensing model ServiceNow came up with was very good. But now, from a licensing perspective, they are changing their model day by day. It is becoming a bit expensive for customers."
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  • "When you compare with ManageEngine and ServiceNow, SolarWinds is reasonable."
  • "They charge by the technician. It costs $117 per technician per year."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The short answer is that OutSystems is far better for 2 main reasons. Firstly, with Service Now you are locked into that platform for good. The business model is to lock in and then keep pumping the… more »
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    Top Answer:It is user-friendly and simple to use.
    Top Answer:Once installed, it runs like a charm and doesn't ever crash.
    Top Answer:It would be good if there were training and tutorial videos on the Web Help Desk. There are videos on the website, but it would be handy if they were on the Web Help Desk.
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    ServiceNow is a cloud-based task-management platform that specializes in IT operations management (ITOM), IT services management (ITSM), and IT business management (ITBM). ServiceNow allows users to manage their teams, projects, and customer interactions using a variety of different plugins and apps with which it easily integrates.

    ServiceNow offers prebuilt applications to support any process, as well as a framework and tools that allow you to build your own.

    ServiceNow’s service management solutions include change, request, incident, problem, and cost management, as well as HR, IT, field service, and facilities management solutions. They also cover business management solutions such as vendor performance management, financial management, performance analytics and project portfolio suite, as well as governance, risk, and compliance.

    “The Smarter Way to Workflow”

    ServiceNow’s activities, processes, and tasks are overseen as part of a comprehensive managed workflow that supports such features as real-time collaboration, communication, and resource sharing. ServiceNow’s suite of products allow for operation using serverless computing, and include the categories of Business Apps, Customer Service, HR, IT, and Security.

    ServiceNow can be used to support most workflows because of the wide range of tools it offers. These include on-suite ticketing tools, predictive modeling to manage workflows, and benchmarking for the tracking of progress. ServiceNow can assist with artificial intelligence and machine learning processes and can be used to organize the cases of a help/service desk as well as for instance management and problem management. It also smoothly integrates with many legacy systems.

    ServiceNow offers service management software for industries including:

    Cloud services
    Financial services

    Reviews from Real Users

    PeerSpot users prefer ServiceNow to its competitors because of its scalability, stability, and ease of use. It helps everyone in the company to be on the same page by creating a single source of record across all departments. One user stated that “I’ve definitely used over 20 project management solutions, but they can't be compared with ServiceNow.” Another said that “ServiceNow is an industry leader in multiple areas and provides an excellent ROI.

    SolarWinds Web Help Desk simplifies service management with unified ticketing, asset, knowledge, and change management. Key features include:

    1. Maintain asset inventory by managing the use, availability, and health of IT assets, and tracking this over time.
    2. Control change management, It regulates and manages change requests through automated approval workflows and panel voting options.
    3. Employs robust reporting and monitoring using a built-in reports and dashboards to track ticket status, technician performance, and customer support needs.
    4. Automate ticketing management that Automate service request management through ticket creation, assignment, routing, and escalation.
    5. Centralize your knowledge management, Leverage a built-in help desk knowledge base to create and maintain KB articles and promote end-user self-service for common issues.
    6. Meet your SLAs, it has "SLA breach approaching" notifications and date-specific SLA reminder alerts that help customize escalation and de-escalation workflows.
    Sample Customers
    AAA, AstraZeneca, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Broadcom, Christus Health, Epicor, Equinix, GE Capital, Intuit, KPMG, Loyola Marymount University, OshKosh, Quantas, RedHat, Royal Bank of Scotland, Swiss Re, U.S. Department of Energy, Safeway, Yale University, and Zillow    
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Educational Organization22%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization71%
    Computer Software Company4%
    Company Size
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise72%
    Large Enterprise19%
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    ServiceNow is ranked 1st in Help Desk Software with 210 reviews while SolarWinds Web Help Desk is ranked 18th in Help Desk Software with 6 reviews. ServiceNow is rated 8.4, while SolarWinds Web Help Desk is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of ServiceNow writes "A stable and scalable solution that has excellent features and is useful for collecting data and building KPIs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Web Help Desk writes "Has good search functionalities but the interface feels clunky". ServiceNow is most compared with BMC Helix ITSM, Microsoft Power Apps, Pega BPM, IBM Maximo and Appian, whereas SolarWinds Web Help Desk is most compared with ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus.

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