Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about BMC Helix ITSM vs. ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
XFlow (Temperature) and Service Point together provided an extremely user-friendly and collaborative experience to the point of making it easy for all users of the product, whether end-users or analysts.
The most valuable features of this solution are reporting, configuration monitoring, and the Request and Incidents workflow.
It has all our configurations. All our infrastructure configurations are on a single pane of glass to view, allowing for one single point of information.
It helps when you have an incident or performing a problem change management process.
We can search open and closed cases to find what we have done in other incidents.
Being able to specify event rules and SLAs that can help to automate some of the processes that people are doing manually is valuable.
The fact that it aligns very well with ITIL. I think that's probably one of my favorite things about it, because it's following up a general best practice for service management.
the ticket system makes sure that everyone gets taken care of, and that makes for a better customer experience. Using the system verifies that no one gets left behind.
Smart IT and the phone app are easily the most valuable features in reporting and tracking ongoing issues.
Having all the processes, fields, and settings already setup out-of-the-box, thus minimizing implementation time.
The ease of use and integration made it a worthwhile investment, since we did some integrations with other tools making our lives easier.
MyIT is simple to use and its mobility is a big plus for our on the go users.
The MyIT product has given our end users a much better perception of Remedy and made the product look more fluid. This has made people more likely to log calls rather than do work offline.
Improved our organization with better customer experience and reporting abilities.
The mobile features are the best part of the new version. It is easy to be notified and update your work from a mobile, which is great.
The way you can customize this product to adapt to the process the customer is already using is what sets this apart from other ITSM products out there. This helps customers to adapt to the tool pretty quickly.
When somebody wants to follow up with a problem from the past, the solution makes it easy. It keeps everything in one system and updated.
This solution has provided a way to manage request tracking and resolution.
This solution has helped a lot by freeing up valuable time allowing the IT personnel to work on other more critical areas, key projects, and perform their fundamental job requirements on time without interruption.
The auto-routing feature saves a lot of effort, where we used to spend a lot of time manually assigning things.
The most valuable features are project management, change management, and the flow according to the mail chain.
I am enjoying the report features, they are quite good.
We not only handle tickets, but also requests from many departments. All are easy to manage.
ServiceDesk Plus manages all our requests, both internal and external requests, for not only ticketing but users' requests.
Diversifying notification methods with pop-ups or ready-made WhatsApp or Skype integration packages would be welcome.
The monitoring tool is in need of improvement.
The interface for the users is a bit old-fashioned and not user-friendly.
We would like the CMDB to be populated automatically. At the moment, everything is manually created.
We would like more information about all the configurations that we have on our infrastructure side.
Needs custom dashboards, without them it takes too long to view some information (though xFlow is an improvement).
I would also like to see a simpler reporting tool. They went from one fairly robust, very complex, reporting tool - it was great - and then they went to another one that was also fairly complex and robust. That's a great tool for people who are report writers, but for the average person who just wants to get a quick little report, it's like handing somebody a chainsaw because they have to break some toothpicks in half.
The interface is pretty straightforward, but I think for some end-users a little more simplified user interface would help.
We have experienced outages, because some other customers did something on the same cluster that we share.
It has created more layers of bureaucracy.
Compared to ServiceNow, BMC Remedy is somewhat "closed." I can go to the ServiceNow website and learn everything there is to know about the product, and training is available. That really wasn't available with BMC Remedy.
If I'm working with a client who wants to expand and move into other areas - they want to expand their workflow and other parts of the organization, they want to do some work with project management, they want to do some work with HR - I'm not sure that BMC Remedy is doing that. And it's because of their platform. Any software has a lifecycle. To me, BMC is a dated architecture.
Support could be more skilled. We are wasting too much of our time debugging.
The amount of software issues are still too big, even considering the complexity of the tool.
Whenever you start exploring some new product features, you run into defects. It has been like this for the last six years.
SmartIT could include PR. This would help us greatly in bridging the gap between Remedy's views and SmartIT.
We should be able to monitor the performance of assets, not only documents. For example, printers. We should be able to monitor ink levels and get notifications when the ink is low. In another operation manager I use, they send me a notification when the device is off, or has something to perform.
Improvement is needed in the Software Assets Management functionality.
When I think of improvements the first thing that comes to mind would have to be the active management function. I have encountered some bugs with this aspect of the tool. I wouldn't necessarily identify these issues as bugs, they're more like processes issues associated with the scanning assets; the process could be improved.
I would also like to see better integration with external software. It is possible, but it is tough. The APIs are not very flexible, so you really have to write a lot of code to create that integration. Opening it up for external integration would allow for easier customization of the existing autobox workflows. It would help with the user's perception.
They could improve the screens.
I expected more features than it has. The flexibility is missing. I also was expecting a different level of configuration and segregation.
For ITIL functions, it should be more complex, including financial functions. We are expecting it to be easier for customization within workflows and templates.
The product needs to allow for implementation for other departments besides the IT help desk.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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It is costly, but it is well worth it.
Just make sure you really sit down and look at what you will be using per user, therefore you will not be surprised with a big bill. You do not want every user having every license, it really is not needed.
Please always get the latest quote from a BMC partner or from BMC. Check for the latest offerings.
While purchasing, try to negotiate on per user licensing costs, associated maintenance, and purchase 20% more then what you think you should have. Bulk is always cheaper.
If Customer and IT agents are happy, that is one of the greatest ROI. However, one of the major factors is Leadership, because at the end they have to justify the cost.
For our 500 assets that are using the professional version of the solution, we pay somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000 per year.
The cost of licensing is approximately ten dollars per suite, per month. When scaling up, there are a lot of other expenses such as infrastructure, the telecommunication companies, etc.
The prices are attractive. Customer can use a subscription if they do not have enough budget.
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Also Known As
|Unicenter Service Desk, CA SDM, CA Service Catalog, CA Business Service Insight||Remedy ITSM, Remedy, Helix Remedy|
|CA (A Broadcom Company)||BMC||ManageEngine|
Service desk capabilities, an integral part of the CA Service Management solution, can enable you to deliver efficiencies in IT service management to business consumers, power users and decision makers. Mobility and collaborative self-service capabilities provide a modern user experience for accessing services and performing tasks, which can help drive user adoption, satisfaction and productivity.
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|BMC Remedy is an innovative service management platform built natively for mobile with an intuitive, beautiful, people-centric user experience that makes your whole organization more productive. Simple to use and powerful enough to manage the most advanced digital enterprises, Remedy can be delivered from the BMC cloud or your own data center.|
ServiceDesk Plus is comprehensive help desk software with integrated asset and project management capabilities built on ITIL framework. ServiceDesk Plus is trusted by more than 100,000 organizations across 186 countries and is available in 29 different languages. With ServiceDesk Plus, IT organizations can leverage ITIL processes while unifying their help desk, asset management and project management activities in a single pane of glass.
It is fully integrated and easy to set up - without extensive customization or integrations. It has rich automation that helps eliminate pesky manual processes for quicker ticket resolution and higher end user satisfaction.
ServiceDesk Plus comes with a great balance of features to suit your business needs. The features available are listed below.
Incident management: Gain control of your help desk
With incident management you can pin incidents to the right technicians to ensure accountability and automate ticket workflows with automatic ticket dispatch, business rules, escalation, service level agreement, notification rules or alerts, preventive maintenance for timely ticket resolution. In other words, you can manage the entire lifecycle of an incident!
Problem management: Go beyond firefighting
Problem management helps you analyze the root cause and reduce recurring incidents in your IT, raise a new problem from within an incident, link related incidents to a problem and close them all at once! Further, you can provide temporary workarounds till you find a permanent fix to the problem.
Change management: Manage changes with precision
Manage your changes with precision. Streamline planning with roll out and back out plans, take informed decisions in the assessment, prioritization, and scheduling of changes with inputs from the Change Advisory Board (CAB), automated workflows to ensure that there are no more unauthorized or failed changes.
Asset management: Track and manage assets with ease
Discover, track, and manage your IT hardware and software assets in one place. Optimize asset utilization, avoid vulnerabilities, and ensure license compliance.
IT project management: Deliver IT projects on time
You can now manage multiple IT projects and requirements, plan releases, track progress, collaborate with team, and measure results, or in other words, manage all your IT projects efficiently. Break a full-blown project into milestones and tasks, set roles and provide access permissions, track the utilization of your resources, monitor the overall progress of your IT projects using colored Gantt charts, and do more to steer your IT projects to success!
Purchases and contracts management: Track IT purchases and contracts
Automate your supplier interactions and IT purchasing functions with full traceability and visibility, maintain master records for various vendors and track purchases from ordering to receipt and invoicing, reduce delays and cut unnecessary spending, track IT hardware and software contracts to improve compliance, associate assets and get proactively notified of contract expiry.
Self service portal: Deflect tickets from your service desk
Help users solve repeat incidents using a knowledge base and deflect tickets from your service desk, keep end users informed on ticket progress/approvals through automated notifications or make company-wide announcements of any outage or unplanned maintenance, auto suggest solutions during ticket creation and provide easy templates to create tickets.
Service catalog: Showcase your IT services
Showcase the offered IT services to your end user and give a new face to your IT. You can customize your workflow of delivering the service request specific to each service category. You can also setup approval process and service level agreements for each service request.
CMDB: Get the bigger pictureServiceDesk Plus CMDB ensures effortless management of your entire IT infrastructure. Track and manage all configuration items and map their relationships and dependencies. Visually analyze the impact of changes and outages for informed decision-making.
Service level agreement: Ensure timely service delivery
Create SLAs and provide quality services on time to your end users. With the intuitive SLA management in ServiceDesk Plus, escalate proactively to four levels of hierarchy to ensure that your SLAs are met.
Reports: Derive decisions with the right data
Generate over 150+ inbuilt reports, custom reports, query reports and flash reports pertaining to various service desk modules like requests, problems, changes, assets, surveys, contracts, and purchase. Use real time dashboards to accurately reflect health of the service desk, create relevant custom reports and add them to your dashboard and take strategic decisions based on the current trend of your help desk performance!
Extensions and integrations: Collaborate easily with other IT systems
Enjoy tight integration with software that monitors and manages your networks, applications, desktops, and Active Directory. Get what you always wanted - 360 degree visibility of your IT!
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