We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"That automation is the critical aspect of xMatters. Without those workflows, then we would have a system that maintains an on-call schedule in Excel. So xMatters provides the notification workflow and ensures you're notifying the right person at the right time."
"The automatic logging that's built into xMatters, especially the timeline of events, is very helpful because we can figure out why a particular person got a call... Having that level of detail built-in makes it really easy for me or the managers to prove that's what happened, and we can self-serve that information. It gives people the autonomy to know why they got a call."
"It has improved our time to respond. Prior to the use of xMatters, it might take hours or even a day to get someone involved on a problem. Now, it's down to minutes."
"Probably the most important one is that it persists in attempting to contact to someone until someone is engaged on the event."
"The ability to notify teams and monitor those notifications in real-time is valuable. Time-based escalation of notifications helps us resolve issues much more quickly."
"We saw the value by being able to import everyone's schedule into one common central repository and have one tool for all the operational teams, or any team for that matter. It gave us the technology to find out who is on call. The incident management of xMatters' integration was another key aspect, where we could say, "You can configure this when a high ticket fires.""
"xMatters is helpful for getting the right on-call resources. That is a key factor. It is also very user-friendly, and just a little documentation helps you to understand things such as how on-calls are configured, how groups are configured, and how users update their on-call devices."
"It reduces the amount of oversight required, and consequently, the amount of time to assign and get a response on a ticket."
"Alert aggregation was the primary requirement. BigPanda pulls all this together into a single UI for us, allowing us to see related alerts grouped together into an incident, and enables us to easily create a JIRA ticket and Slack channel to manage an issue."
"The main thing that we like about BigPanda is the user interface."
"We have also made extensive use of the outbound integrations to ticketing systems (JIRA) and collaboration tools (Slack). The main driver for us has been getting all alerting into a single UI and enabling us to streamline our incident management process."
"BigPanda integrates well with other solutions, such as WatchGuard,"
"The integration feature is the most valuable. It provides a lot of customizations for the integrations we use."
"OpsGenie has many features, such as email notification, SMS notification, roster, tracking of the tickets. Automation, like scripting, is also possible. There are also features for maintaining the history of the tickets and all the solutions related to how it was resolved previously. If there are similar kinds of tickets, we can look at how a person is working on that ticket. If he doesn't have any idea, you can look back at a similar ticket and solve it as the previous person did it."
"We would like to see the ability to support custom devices. We have a lot of users who use Slack, which is another tool for communication. xMatters currently does not support Slack as a communication method. It can't send events to Slack and respond to them."
"Beyond the typical grouping, xMatters has what is referred to as dynamic teams. Dynamic teams are criteria for setting up and targeting a group of people that meet specific criteria. The bad thing about this setup is that you cannot alter those criteria through the typical xMatters import/export process. The attributes that create the criteria for dynamic teams can only be altered via the Web UI. So, if you want to create a new dynamic team in a mature xMatters environment (one that is already populated with hundreds of users), and you want to add, say, 100 users to that dynamic team, you have to do it manually."
"We would like to see a greater variety of integrations with ServiceNow. It works fine as it is, but an enhancement would be the ability to interact with the major incident module in ServiceNow... The way our major incident process works, when an incident is elevated from a P1 to a major incident, that is an extra flag in ServiceNow. It would be awesome to have xMatters get notification when something goes from a P1 to a major and then have it go through a different workflow, rather than our regular P1."
"We have to create an Excel sheet for onboarding users and then upload it. But if an employee resigns, we don't have any checkpoints to validate whether the user is still active or not. We have to do that manually every week: Check who has left the organization, and do a cross-check, whether this person had any licenses or signed in to xMatters."
"The only thing that has caught us out a little bit is that on certain screens, you don't have the same admin options. There should be more consistency with the admin options because not all screens provide you with the same options. As an administrator, it feels like they should always be there. For example, on some screens, there is an Export button that provides fantastic, detail-rich exports, which obviously are very handy because then you can, as an administrator, do your administration, and extract what has been done to share with or prove to others. However, the Export button is not always present, and on the screens where it isn't, you miss it. You're like, "Oh, where's the Export button?", which can be quite problematic. There should be more consistency in the UI in terms of available options for anything that is referenced data or configurable. If you can put it in, there should be a way to run an export function to essentially pull it out. That's the only improvement that I can really think of."
"One of the main reasons why we don't use xMatters for monitoring and alerting is that it doesn't use the rota to call the person who's on-call. It doesn't look up the rota to find out who's on-call and then contacts that person directly. I am not sure if this has changed now, but the last time we checked, this functionality wasn't there. This is one of the main improvements. We're happy with the rest of it."
"As an agent, as someone who is on call, I can mark an absence time and I can optionally put somebody in my place, but once you've done that, you can't edit it. You have to delete it and create a new absence, which is annoying, but it's not a massive issue. It's a minor annoyance. That's probably about the only thing I can come up with because I absolutely love the product. It's met our needs so well."
"When you are not using the conference bridge from xMatters and you are using an external one, it is a little bit hard to get the person whom xMatters calls to jump directly to the external bridge. They need to hang up the phone and then get to the email to get the URL so that they can jump on the bridge. There is no direct connection from xMatters to that external bridge, but I understand that part of the business."
"The cost of this product is too high compared to New Relic."
"Our infrastructure is quite large - tens of thousands of servers, often with 30-plus checks running on each host with one minute intervals. This generates a lot of data often in bursts (when we have a large scale failure). This has caused some delay in the ingestion pipeline."
"The solution could improve by having better integration."
"It should have a lot of plugins. It should also come with cloud integrations, which are not that great with OpsGenie as of now. It should have AWS, Azure, and Google cloud integrations. It should also provide automation, that is, it should open somewhere, like orchestration. Something like the orchestration that ServiceNow is doing. That would be great. Orchestration is the main thing. If OpsGenie comes with stack down feature, not completely but some part of it, and orchestration is there, that would be beneficial."
"OpsGenie needs to keep up with its competitors in terms of new features and pricing."
"Cost is probably my biggest concern. I know the solution was recently acquired by Everbridge, and Everbridge was one of the competitors that was included in our RFP five years ago. Everbridge's costs were astronomical compared to where every other solution was, not just xMatters."
"Licensing varies widely, depending on usage. It can be cheap or quite expensive, depending on volume and features."
"We're currently per license. We're paying around $44,000 per year for 80 full users and 300 standard users. For a new implementation, we also need to pay for an expert."
"It is worth the cost. You need to know the number of users that are going to use it, which is usually pretty easy to calculate. It's on a per-user license."
"There's a significant difference between a full license, which allows people to respond to and acknowledge receipt of messages, and a more scaled-down license, which just allows people to see the notification. So we need to evaluate what license they need when onboarding new users because the full license is significantly more expensive."
"I don't make the decisions on the cost aspect. We haven't had any complaints. I think it has a reasonable price."
"The pricing is tiered so we took that into account. If we were to license 10 or 20 people, that would be a certain price. And if we were to license 50 or 100, there would be a little bit of discounting. But the per-user license was right in line with what we were expecting."
"The pricing is too high... we procured 150 licenses and we have almost 1,500 users in IT. We had to come up with a few ideas for determining which users get a license and which users don't need one. Due to the limitation of the number of licenses, we were unable to integrate the user profiles with Active Directory."
"We pay $200,000 USD per year."
"They were great to work with on pricing/licensing. Given we are a high-growth company, we needed a flexible site license."
"From the pricing perspective, they are on the higher side as compared to other competitors."
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xMatters, an Everbridge company, is a service reliability platform that helps DevOps, SREs, and operations teams rapidly deliver products at scale by automating workflows and ensuring infrastructure and applications are always working. The xMatters code-free workflow builder, adaptive approach to incident management, and real-time performance analytics all support a single goal: deliver customer happiness.
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BigPanda Autonomous Operations platform helps IT Ops, NOC and DevOps teams detect, investigate, and resolve IT incidents faster and more easily than ever before. Powered by Open Box Machine Learning, BigPanda correlates IT noise into insights, automates incident management, and unifies fragmented IT operations. Customers such as Intel, TiVO, Turner Broadcasting and Workday rely on BigPanda to reduce their operating costs, improve service availability and performance, and de-risk and accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. Founded in 2012, BigPanda is backed by top-tier investors including Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, and Battery Ventures. Visit www.bigpanda.io for more information.
Users are empowered to manage their contact details and notification preferences in a single location, hence the administrators don't have to maintain this information at each application. OpsGenie is a cloud based service with reliable, distributed architecture that is replicated in multiple data centers, and monitored around the clock. The lifecycle for each alert, notifications, actions taken by users, are recorded and reported to enable admins to easily analyze what happened. No more wasting time, digging up log files. No more finger pointing.
Most enterprises employ multitude of tools for IT management: for monitoring, ticketing, configuration and change management, etc. Although each of these tools may be individually capable of sending notifications via email or SMS, it is a burden for administrators to maintain the same information in each of these multiple, disparate systems.
OpsGenie enables organizations to consolidate notification management into a single management system. OpsGenie enables users to maintain their own contact details and preferences in one place, eliminating duplication of data, reducing administrative overhead.
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BigPanda is ranked 4th in IT Alerting and Incident Management with 3 reviews while Opsgenie is ranked 5th in IT Alerting and Incident Management with 2 reviews. BigPanda is rated 8.6, while Opsgenie is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of BigPanda writes "Alert aggregation and the correlation platform are extremely useful, streamlining our incident management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Opsgenie writes "Provides a completely automated system with good integration and stability". BigPanda is most compared with Moogsoft, Zabbix, IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus, Splunk and Auvik, whereas Opsgenie is most compared with PagerDuty, VictorOps, Everbridge IT Alerting and OnPage Incident Alert Management. See our BigPanda vs. Opsgenie report.
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