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"What I like about the Control Desk is that everything is centralized. You have all the requests in one place, you know which ones are for whom and who is working on them.""The brand name is the most valuable aspect of this solution for me. It's IBM. It's a global company that supports this product, it's not something open source or something like that.""The solution is very easy to work with.""SLA integrations, reports, and integration with other applications are the most valuable.""The solution has been stable.""The workflow capability is useful. It's not a manual helpdesk operation. It's fully automated, even when an alarm has occurred. It covers the complete cycle of initiation to resolving the events. This is its most strong feature that is easily integrable with a monitoring solution. It creates tickets, and the workflow feature is the most important one."

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"This solution has helped us a great deal in project management tracking and forecasting.""What I really like about this solution, is how it manages the queues, the tickets and the routing.""This is the most complete and versatile enterprise task management product and issue tracker.""The solution offers lots of information on the website to assist with technical queries. There are also many community sites to help you troubleshoot any problems.""The customization is the most valuable aspect of the solution. I can customize full workflows. It's very flexible. We can use mail if we want to open requests as well.""I like the history, the dimensioning, and how I can configure a space based on my preferences or the project circumstances.""One of the main advantages of JIRA is that it can be customized for our solutions. I live in Iran and we translated some parts of it into Persian and customized it with extra features. We hid other features to customize it right to the point. We provide this solution for our customers.""JIRA helps integrate Kanban Board features and for this reason what it does it does well."

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"Overall the user experience, as opposed to the system and databases, could be improved. It does work as it should and it's good, but they should invest more in the user interfaces to be less data oriented and more appealing for the user.""Support has been the biggest problem for us. I understand that because we use the product of a global company, some changes are not quick to deploy.""The reporting in relation to updating could be improved upon.""The time calculations can be improved. While working on reports, it was taking the time only in seconds, which was hard for me to work out. While creating some dialogs in the service portal, you have to use certain data types in some fields. It was very tricky to make them work. I was testing a certain type of input, and it didn't work. It didn't show me the domain that the fields have to show. I had to make the change to the database, and only then it worked. It was a tricky thing to make them work with the dialogs. Their technical support can also be improved in terms of response time.""The solution lacks a graphical user interface.""The user interface is not very interesting. If you look at other products like JIRA and ServiceNow, they have made it much easier for the end-users. Maybe not ServiceNow, but JIRA is quite flexible. From a presentation point of view, IBM should make more user-friendly interfaces."

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"JIRA protects the end-user, but for the configuration, more rules could be added to improve the workflow.""I don't think the program is very scalable.""Integration possibilities with other products that are not Atlassian would be helpful. Support should also provide separate installation guides for each product even though they are easy to install.""Usability needs improvement. To configure it, you need to be well versed in Jira administration. It's not very intuitive.""The solution should be more formalized. It could be more user-friendly.""During the updates, when another version gets released, whatever I am tracking at that time gets lost and I have to type it all over again.""An improvement they could add is a better management dashboard. We only use the dashboard for the administration mode. We have a dashboard that reports the state of bugs or requirements. However, customers can only view requests that they made. We are not able to share a dashboard with our manager level customers to show them all of the requests in a quick dashboard.""If JIRA were more of a substantial stand-alone product that covered more needs for project management, we wouldn't be using a suite of products."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's basically for a big company because of the costs. A small company can't afford the licensing cost. For medium and large companies, it's the best product. The price of the license is on the higher side compared to others."

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"But about the plugins, I found one plug-in — its name is Actionable Metric I think — and it is $3000. That is very expensive for users in Iran.""Actually in Iran we don't have copyright or intellectual property, so we can use JIRA for free.""It's not really expensive, especially when you compare to ServiceNow or other solutions, and it's not expensive to maintain.""The pricing is very competitive and I think that it is okay.""We may upgrade the license that we have. The license that we currently have is good for 500 agents, and it's not full yet.""The pricing is free for us because we are an associate partner for the product.""Right now, there are only two of us who are both agents on the help desk and developers. We might be on the free version because we're less than three agents or users. I'm looking at Zephyr tests, which have a $10 a month flat rate, so right now, it is $10 a month. There are lots of add-ons. They do a free version, a standard version, and a premium version. In the last company, we started on $50 a month. By the time I left, we were paying $4,500 a month. That was mainly because we had 100 users on Confluence. I bought an add-on for Jira software for which we had 10 users, and that was $5 per user per month. It was costing me $500 a month, whereas it should only be $50 a month. I don't know if licensing fee has changed. I'd like our whole company to use it, but the big problem is the licensing because the Confluence side is what is really useful, but if I add 30 users to Confluence and then buy an extension for Jira software, I've got to pay for 30 licenses, even though I've only got two users in Jira software. It is the one big disadvantage of cloud software. You always have to pay for the number of seats regardless of which product you are on. This will probably severely limit how many people would use it because I'm not going to start paying $10 per user per month for a Jira software add-on when there are only two people using it.""We need a license because we have a higher number than the free part."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The workflow capability is useful. It's not a manual helpdesk operation. It's fully automated, even when an alarm has occurred. It covers the complete cycle of initiation to resolving the events. This… more »
Top Answer: It's basically for a big company because of the costs. A small company can't afford the licensing cost. For medium and large companies, it's the best product. The price of the license is on the higher… more »
Top Answer: The user interface is not very interesting. If you look at other products like JIRA and ServiceNow, they have made it much easier for the end-users. Maybe not ServiceNow, but JIRA is quite flexible… more »
Top Answer: The links between the help desk and Jira issues and between Confluence and Jira issues are most valuable. I can write requirements in Confluence and link them to user stories in Jira and test cases. I… more »
Top Answer: Right now, there are only two of us who are both agents on the help desk and developers. We might be on the free version because we're less than three agents or users. I'm looking at Zephyr tests… more »
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SmartCloud Control Desk
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Overview
IBM Control Desk on Cloud offer an access to a user friendly self-service, automated service management, and seamlessly-integrated, best-practice based service desk capabilities. IBM Control Desk provides the IT service management (ITSM) needed to simplify support of users and infrastructure. It also offers a unified IT asset and service management software provides a common control center for managing business processes for both digital and physical assets and enables control, governance and compliance to applications, endpoints and assets to protect critical data and prevent outages. Control Desk is IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)-compliant, accessible through mobile devices and integrates with social media and development tools.

Jira Service Management empowers teams with everything they need to get started fast. Check out capabilities for ITSM practices like request, incident, problem, change, and configuration management.

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Sample Customers
St Vincent's Health Australia, Kalibrate Pty. Ltd., Cognizant Technology
mgm technology partners, Telestream, Build.com, Zend Technologies, OfficeDrop, PGS Software, American Diabetes Association, NEPTUNE Canada
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company29%
Legal Firm7%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company40%
Retailer20%
Transportation Company10%
Insurance Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government7%
Company Size
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Small Business57%
Large Enterprise43%
REVIEWERS
Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise28%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM SmartCloud Control Desk vs. JIRA Service Management and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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IBM SmartCloud Control Desk is ranked 11th in Help Desk Software with 6 reviews while JIRA Service Management is ranked 2nd in Help Desk Software with 18 reviews. IBM SmartCloud Control Desk is rated 7.6, while JIRA Service Management is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM SmartCloud Control Desk writes "Centralized solution to efficiently take care of customer service calls". On the other hand, the top reviewer of JIRA Service Management writes "Customizable, stable, and integrates well". IBM SmartCloud Control Desk is most compared with ServiceNow, Micro Focus Service Manager and BMC Helix ITSM, whereas JIRA Service Management is most compared with ServiceNow, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus, Zendesk Guide, IBM Maximo and Cherwell Service Management. See our IBM SmartCloud Control Desk vs. JIRA Service Management report.

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