ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus Review

Offers a complete set of features and allows us to set up different service functions in the same platform

What is our primary use case?

I have only used its demo version for evaluation. We haven't yet implemented it. I have been playing with ServiceDesk Plus for incident management, service request management, and some change request workflows. There is also a CMDB, which seems to be quite good. 

What is most valuable?

CMDB as a baseline, incident management, service request management, and license management are valuable features. It offers really interesting features for complete use in an enterprise. You have one platform, and you could set up different service functions for HR, engineering, or another team in the same platform.

What needs improvement?

Its reporting could be improved. The current list of predefined reports seems to be fine for most of the customers, but there should be some tools to allow us to create highly customized reports for measuring different KPIs. We should also be able to connect some kind of BI to it.

We haven't yet implemented it, and we are currently evaluating it. We are looking for advanced integration options where we could integrate it with our SCCM and Azure environments as well as with other Office solutions. For direct communication with customers, we are looking for a chatbot or a similar feature.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't checked its stability under a heavy load.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Currently, around ten users are evaluating it. It should meet the needs of around 2,500 users. From my point of view, it seems suitable for our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

We had lots of discussions via email and the internal support chat, and everything was fine.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are currently using OTRS. We are looking for something similar to ServiceNow but much cheaper. I have almost 15 years of experience working with ServiceNow, which is a great solution, but it is too expensive for companies with less than 5,000 employees. I have also worked with HP Service Desk almost 20 years ago.

How was the initial setup?

Being a cloud solution, it is straightforward. There are no issues. In terms of deployment, it is similar to other cloud solutions. The workload begins when you try to customize a CMDB, but this is not because of the solution. It is because of internal processes.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For 90 service agents and our need for a cloud solution with incident management and service request management, it annually costs around 12,000. If you need additional development or deployment support from the vendor, there might be an additional cost.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently evaluating this solution. ServiceDesk Plus is one of the candidates. We are also evaluating Jira Service Desk and BMC. It seems that all these three vendors will be able to fulfill our requirements, and we will choose ServiceDesk Plus.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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