JIRA Service Desk vs. ServiceNow

As of June 2019, JIRA Service Desk is ranked 6th in IT Service Management (ITSM) with 5 reviews vs ServiceNow which is ranked 1st in IT Service Management (ITSM) with 23 reviews. The top reviewer of JIRA Service Desk writes "Helps shape our project management workflow but customization is difficult ". The top reviewer of ServiceNow writes "Discovery has reduced the time to build/deploy devices within our environment". JIRA Service Desk is most compared with ServiceNow, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus and Freshdesk. ServiceNow is most compared with BMC Helix Remedy, JIRA Service Desk and Zendesk. See our JIRA Service Desk vs. ServiceNow report.
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JIRA helps integrate Kanban Board features and for this reason what it does it does well.This is a flexible tool for logging and tracking issues efficiently.The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is user-friendly.The automations will really help the company by delegating work the way your company operates.It makes the IT department more transparent and helps the employees.JIRA SD also helps for much better feedback on the work being done. All colleagues can see what is happening.Transparency of the system helps both internal and external persons involved.​Allows customized processes for our service contracts.

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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.

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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.It would be better if it had capabilities to connect to mobile applications (e.g., Whatsapp)This solution lacks features for project management.In general, JIRA has no relation to customers or financials. Therefore, marketplace add-ons are needed to make it work for customer-facing systems.​SaaS version for large organizations (more than 2000 users) is not available.Include a split configuration in a layer part to allow cloud services to have almost full admin rights in SaaS.

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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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Costs are about $50 per user per year. JIRA is sold in user tiers of 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 2000, 10,000, and unlimited users. It is bad when you have 51 users then the price is based on that 100 user tier. Users at 100 will be the most cost effective.JIRA Service Desk has different pricing as it is based on agents. On average, the price is about $300 per agent.Do not forget to calculate add-on costs. These cost a percentage of the JIRA purchasing costs and are based on the number of JIRA users.Buying a software solution is only a half part of the solution (or even less). You need to optimize usage of the software by hiring professionals who will help you to make the most of the software, especially in the beginning.I would suggest to always buy licenses through an Atlassian partner, so you can also rely on their expertise.

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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.The first impact for the customer is that it is expensive, but do not forget that it is a solution that includes infrastructure; a single cost, easy to justify.

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Overview
JIRA Service Desk is service management software that connects IT to your business through fast, accountable resolution of customer requests. Built on Atlassians JIRA workflow engine, JIRA Service Desk offers a collaborative, agile platform and knowledge base thats low cost, easy to set up and scale, highly flexible, and features a powerfully-simple user experience. Redefine what IT means for your business with JIRA Service Desk.

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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Sample Customers
mgm technology partners, Telestream, Build.com, Zend Technologies, OfficeDrop, PGS Software, American Diabetes Association, NEPTUNE CanadaAAA, 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
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Healthcare Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Insurance Company11%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm16%
University12%
Pharma/Biotech Company8%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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Small Business57%
Large Enterprise43%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise74%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise63%
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