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"This product has helped us to maintain our OLAs (Organisation level Agreements) and SLAs (Service Level Agreements) by tracking incidents, requests, problem records, and change requests, all in the form of tickets.""In BMC, you can do absolutely anything. You can customize, you can configure, and you can customize and develop pretty much anything.""What I have found to be the most valuable is that it offers the radius deployment package not only to the BMC cloud but also to the public cloud such as Azure.""Automatic orchestration is the most valuable. The feature for designating some cases or incidents to the right PM for resolution, first call resolution, and change management are also important. The self-service feature and knowledge base resolutions are helping the customers in resolving issues rather than opening tickets.""It's a very integrated solution.""We find the incident management module the best. The reporting part is also useful. We use a feature called smart reporting, and it is very beneficial for us."

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"In the Service Portal, the widget concept - and the way we have developed our widget - is pretty simple. We can leverage a lot on top of it.""Easy to integrate with third-party applications.""This solution is a single-storage for our user community to submit help desk tickets.""The most valuable feature is that this is a Cloud solution.""ServiceNow was the first true enterprise to service management platform.""The feature that I have found most valuable from ServiceNow is the ability to assign sub-tasks to different teams, including problem tickets and the regular and chain tasks.""It gave us professionalized, faster incident turn around times. Improved quality of information shared with our customers. Over time we build an extensive knowledge base that assists in both self-service as in services provided by the servicedesk when handling incidents.""I have found that sorting and grouping functions are particularly useful."

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"To raise any ticket, there are too many fields to be filled and it makes generating tickets very time-consuming.""They could be more responsive to feedback from their community board.""In the next release, I would like to see AI used for classification or categorization.""It can have more features for hardware discovery and hardware information. The integration with IQ operations management should be streamlined. ITSM and ITOM should be more integrated, and there should be better integration from Helix Discovery to Helix CMDB. There were some issues regarding this integration, and they were difficult to resolve in big environments. We have a lot of devices and users to manage. Therefore, the integration should be better.""It needs to be more comfortable for the end-user.""Its performance can be improved. Sometimes, there is a performance issue, and it is a little slow and difficult on the usage side. It would be beneficial for us if there is a lighter version of this solution. There is also a limitation on the number of columns and memory for extracting a report, and this functionality can be improved. We would like to have better integration and UI in this solution. The user interface should be easy to navigate. Its integration with other tools, such as SharePoint or Jira, can also be improved, which would be beneficial for us. In terms of new features, there should also be a mobile version. The desktop version is available, but the mobile version is not available, which is one of the challenges that our team has. For users who work on Remedy and who raise the ticket, it would also be very beneficial to have some chatbot features."

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"For healthcare, which is a pretty audited environment, there are no concrete solutions for digital signatures, apart from our license with Adobe, so it requires orchestration.""It's missing monitoring capabilities.""I do not like the user interface.""Transparency in the pricing model needs to be improved.""Service mapping could be less complicated.""The major area for improvement for our needs would be monitoring the metrics of the times to acknowledge and resolve issues and escalations.""There should be fewer clicks and faster integrations between solutions.""Creating service catalog forms could be made easier."

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"If you are looking for some kind of professional services form the OEM then you would have to purchase that.""It is too expensive for a small business.""It is not very expensive and not very cheap. It is somewhere in-between. Some of the features are more expensive. There are also additional costs. If you want to use most of the features, you need to pay more."

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"The license model is based on a number of fulfillers (active users who play some role within the ServiceNow functionality). Therefore, you can serve as many end-users as you want, without additional costs.""The mandatory minimum is US$ 20,000 for licensing.""The licenses are expensive.""The setup cost is high compared to others, especially when the scope is not fixed.""I am from Brazil. For Latin American markets, ServiceNow is very expensive as compared to other vendors, such as VMware.""$230 per user.""It is very expensive because it is a big organization. You have to pay for additional things.""ServiceNow tends to be a little bit more expensive as compared to BMC Helix ITSM."

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Miriam Tover
author avatarJS4
User

BMC Helix (Remedy) is not a new product release from BMC. This is a relaunched SaaS offering from BMC under a new Package called as Helix previously known as RemedyOnDemand. Having said that, the Helix seems much more than RemedyOnDemand used to offer. With Helix, the customer has the option to choose a cloud - BMC Cloud, AWS and MS Azure. The core products are Remedy ITSM, Digital workplace (MyIT/SmartIT) mobile apps, BMC Discovery, BMC Business workflows (case management solution for LOB). The supported products are Remedy Single-Sign-On, BMC Client Management, and BMC Client Gateway. These are all available today On-Premise as well. The deployment technology is no longer the old method of installations and configurations on a VM. The new technology that BMC Helix brings is Containerisation. The Docker and Kubernetes container technologies help in provisioning the Helix Products within a day and thus you are ready to configure/customized to suit your business needs from day two itself. Further, Helix offers cognitive capabilities for your ITSM with solutions completely built on cloud - Chatbot and AI automation powered by IBM Watson. Innovation suite platform - a microservices based architecture and integrations through REST APIs. The innovation suite offers an integration studio with few in-built connectors as well like Jira, Service Cloud, etc. You can further build your own connectors using the integration controller within the innovation suite platform.

So to summarise my view - Helix offers a lot to the customer within one single package and must be given a shot as it brings a choice of cloud, container technology and cognitive capabilities for the products which are already known and popular in the ITSM world.

author avatarRamon Van Leeuwen (TOPdesk)
Vendor

I agree with above analysis, But both tools fit the profile of a big Lego box, a toolbox where you can do almost everything with it but seldom need it. You need for both a lot of technical background to use it properly and the cost are for both on the top of market. you should ask yourself do I need this Best-of-suit approach from both vendors or do I look for better tools for part of the suits : Best-of-breed solution. These days with API's widely available integrations are becoming really easy, so no need anymore for the monolithic best of suit approach from the big tech vendors. And if you look closely to the big Lego boxes under the hood, it's still is a very complex integration spaghetti from all the different acquisitions and technologies. Why not go for best of breed approach and compare the fundamental difference between a "Lego" based vendor and a "Playmobil" vendor. Happy to help out.

author avatarRahulPriyadarshy (Tata Consultancy Services)
Consultant

BMC Helix- BMC Applications As Service (ITSM, Discovery, Monitoring) deployable on any cloud as per your choice using Containers. I think BMC is now making things to work in Cloud and work as SaaS.

ServiceNow- Hosted on in Its own Dcs . You do not have Choice to Choose Cloud but you can choose DC/Region as per your PO. Still I feel ServiceNow ECO System is designed for Pure SaaS model.

author avatarAkansha Bakshi
Real User

: There is several difference between in Service and BMC Helix ITSM As BMC Helix ITSM is a fully internationalized environment: one can localize the labels, messages (system-generated messages), notifications, and the currency used in an application.AI is affecting every part of our lives, including IT Service Management. IT operations are connected to every other part of the business and thus ITSM plays an important role in the business to improve the overall performance. Here are the top ITSM Trends we feel will impact businesses in 2020. BMC Helix- BMC Applications As Service (ITSM, Discovery, Monitoring)
deployable on any cloud as per your choice using Containers. I think BMCis now making things to work in Cloud and work as SaaS.



Digitalization is rapidly changing the face of ITSM. The traditional service desk is evolving into an AI-powered service management platform. Employees are demanding consumer world like experience which is intuitive, omnichannel, fast, and seamless. Employee experience has taken a center stage now.


According to Gartner reports, 40% of the enterprises will adapt AIOPS (Artificial Intelligence for IT operations) by 2022. AI-enabled customer-facing service desk support will increase by 25% by 2020 leveraging virtual customer assistant and chatbots. Let’s take a look at the new advances in the ITSM platform. From my point of view Helix offers a lot to the customer within one single package and must be given a shot as it brings a choice of cloud, container technology andcognitive capabilities for the products which are already known and
popular in the ITSM world.


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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: : There is several difference between in Service and BMC Helix ITSM As BMC Helix ITSM is a fully internationalized environment: one can localize the labels, messages (system-generated messages)… more »
Top Answer: This product has helped us to maintain our OLAs (Organisation level Agreements) and SLAs (Service Level Agreements) by tracking incidents, requests, problem records, and change requests, all in the… more »
Top Answer: BMC Helis ITSM is a very good tool, can be customized, can be integrated with other tools but still has the scope of improvements from a UI/UX perspective. some of them are listed below: 1. Offline… more »
Top Answer: Jira Service desk supports ITIL and gives you many templates for different helpdesk scenarios, allows to creates issues using the email. The implementation of Service Desk is easy and intuitive
Top Answer: In that regard, the major incident management gives service organisations and customers the opportunity the focus on restoring the functionality asap without getting lost in sidetracking possible… more »
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Also Known As
Remedy ITSM, Remedy, Helix Remedy
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Overview
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.

Now, with the ServiceNow System of Action, every employee, customer, and machine can make requests on a single cloud platform. Every department working on tasks can assign and prioritize, collaborate, get down to root cause issues, gain real-time insights, and drive to action. Your employees are energized, your service levels improve, and you realize game-changing economics. Work at lightspeed.(TM)

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Brookfield, HealthSouth Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Mercator, SAP, Stanford UniversityAAA, 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
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Financial Services Firm19%
Computer Software Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Retailer14%
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Computer Software Company43%
Comms Service Provider11%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Financial Services Firm16%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company11%
Insurance Company9%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise62%
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Large Enterprise69%
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Find out what your peers are saying about BMC Helix ITSM vs. ServiceNow and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
455,164 professionals have used our research since 2012.

BMC Helix ITSM is ranked 4th in Help Desk Software with 6 reviews while ServiceNow is ranked 1st in Help Desk Software with 23 reviews. BMC Helix ITSM is rated 8.6, while ServiceNow is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of BMC Helix ITSM writes "Good knowledge management features in this highly scalable product". On the other hand, the top reviewer of ServiceNow writes "We are able to significantly leverage the widget concept in the Service Portal". BMC Helix ITSM is most compared with JIRA Service Desk, BMC Remedyforce, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus, Cherwell Service Management and Micro Focus Service Manager, whereas ServiceNow is most compared with Pega BPM, JIRA Service Desk, Appian, PagerDuty and BMC Remedyforce. See our BMC Helix ITSM vs. ServiceNow report.

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