Compare SCSM vs. ServiceNow

SCSM is ranked 5th in IT Service Management (ITSM) with 9 reviews while ServiceNow is ranked 1st in IT Service Management (ITSM) with 21 reviews. SCSM is rated 6.8, while ServiceNow is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of SCSM writes "Good flexibility and integration abilities but the interface needs improvement ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of ServiceNow writes "Discovery has reduced the time to build/deploy devices within our environment". SCSM is most compared with ServiceNow, JIRA Service Desk and ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus, whereas ServiceNow is most compared with BMC Helix ITSM, Appian and JIRA Service Desk. See our SCSM vs. ServiceNow report.
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Pros
We've been in contact with Microsoft technical support mainly. After doing the research ourselves and troubleshooting, etc., if we can't find a permanent solution, we contact Microsoft to help us fix the issue. Sometimes the issue never gets fixed even by Microsoft. It can sometimes require us to reinstall the solution. However, these are very rare instances.SCSM is easy to learn because all of the material, including training videos, can be found online.A very convenient package like an all-in-one tool but it is actually five or six products acting well together.The solution is quite easy to integrate with other Microsoft products.The call logging is the solution's most valuable feature. It's very easy to use.This solution is easy to use.The remote access is one of the features I really enjoy. The pushing of email updates and things like that are very good.This product has helped our organization by allowing people to connect with each other.

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The most valuable feature is that this is a Cloud solution.This solution is a single-storage for our user community to submit help desk tickets.Easy to integrate with third-party applications.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.

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One of the disadvantages in this product is that the reporting module is not very easy. It requires SQL development skills, which not all customers or IT professionals have.Better integration with other services in Azure is needed because everything is moving from on-premises to the cloud, and as an integrator, we have to help our clients with the migration.Resources for understanding compliance and relative compliance need to be made available.It's not too hard to compile stuff but it is hard to manage the solution. Even the design itself makes it difficult for management.The patch management aspect of the solution should be improved. It's quite complicated and not user-friendly. If your systems are not patched properly, you are unable to pull reports.Mobile application integration would be an improvement.It crashes our client's computers. Sometimes they get blue screens. It would be useful if SCSM could check the upgrades or patches before we implemented them to see if they are going to crash a client's system. Or, if it does install, and the client's system crashes, it would be good if the solution could revert back somehow.The price of this solution is high and it needs to be cheaper.

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Transparency in the pricing model needs to be improved.I do not like the user interface.It's missing monitoring capabilities.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.

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Licensing can be complex and confusing.It is an expensive solution.It is a lower price vs. other things on the market.

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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.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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System Center Service Manager
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Overview
System Center Service Manager is a software product by Microsoft to allow organizations to manage incidents and problems. Microsoft states that the product is compliant with industry best practices such as the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and in the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). SCSM has integrated ITIL compliant fulfillment of service requests. Service requests are submitted by the end user in order to obtain information, access to a new application or the most common of all, password reset.

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
Fibabanka, UMC Health SystemAAA, 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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REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Insurance Company10%
University9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider11%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise44%
Large Enterprise11%
REVIEWERS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise72%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise72%
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