Most Helpful Review
The tool is SaaS and customization is minimized in the critical early design phase by its "out-of-the-box" approach
Find out what your peers are saying about CA Service Desk Manager vs. ServiceNow and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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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.
It allows IT to handle users on a personal basis. It allows IT to have a name and a face, and we interact with the end-users.
This solution is a single-storage for our user community to submit help desk tickets.
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.
HR Case Management and Customer Service Management are two of the key areas which clients are using.
Discovery has reduced, on average, the time to build/deploy devices within our environment by one hour. This may not seem like much but it adds up over time. It also reaps additional time savings with its ability to capture changes through subsequent discoveries over the life of the device.
I have found many features that are important and that are easier when compared to Remedy; for example, the Scripted REST APIs and the Flow Designer... The Client scripts are simpler when you compare with Remedy.
Creating a ticket is much simpler in this tool. That is one big advantage. Also, the simplicity and ease of use are much better. I've used HPSM and it is very complex in comparison to ServiceNow.
It actually has quite a wide list of modules and processes. Currently, we are implementing project management and Scaled Agile Framework for one of our customers.
One feature of ServiceNow that is important is the workflow engine. From my perspective [as a consultant] the power to be able to structure processes, represent workforce management for organizations, and the visibility provided by the reporting are additional top features.
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.
Improvements would include simplification in the user interface, being more expandable, better documentation. The user interface is fairly cluttered, and we can update it the way we need to, but it just seems dated.
I do not like the user interface.
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.
HR Service Management is one module that needs a lot of improvement because it's a pretty new module. It was introduced in the last two years. It's becoming more mature day by day, but there is a lot of scope for improvement in that module.
Where it could be improved is Discovery. This may sound odd since I just praised the value of ServiceNow Discovery, but improvements to its automatic detection, the breadth of devices, and the depth of devices covered, as well as keeping up with new technologies, are all essential.
The standard UI is very restricted. It doesn't look as good, compared to Remedy. Building your own UI requires some additional coding...
When it comes to reference fields, there are some limitations where you aren't able to use them, like in relationship queries. In Remedy, when you click a menu, you get options directly, whereas here, if you use a reference field, it points you to a different form. So the UI experience totally changes for the end user.
Change Management is the area I have found that this tool can be improved because there are so many fields which are missing, such as urgency of the customer request and how the priority is defined. These are some of the areas in which I found that BMC Remedy is much better than ServiceNow.
There are Virtual Task Boards in the tool in the latest releases. There are many of them in the Scaled Agile Framework. There is some room there for improvement. It's really quite promising but, at the same time, it could be improved and I believe it will be improved soon.
Pricing and Cost Advice
I think pricing of this model is suitable for growing corporations.
Pricing is simple, as it’s per concurrent analysts.
It is a bit expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for. It is worth it!
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.
Isn't pricing always too much? We really do chafe at the ITIL licensing. ITOM is also pretty expensive.
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.
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.
It's sold as a less expensive solution, but it has to be highly modified. That's where you get into the cost.
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 has a higher cost compared to local/regional solutions.
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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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