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Score 8.7 out of 100

SolarWinds Service Desk

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Likelihood to Recommend

Absolute

I do think it is well worth the cost and consideration, especially if you are using it on devices containing electronic medical records, personal health information or personal privacy information or devices that contain proprietary information, critical business information or other information that needs to be securely protected. It can also be used to track a device (individual) as well if that is your goal. We use it as an extra precaution to track our mental health clinicians that do home visits. It allows us to keep track of their whereabouts, in case an issue arises at a client's home. We are able to send someone out to check or assist, alert emergency services or send law enforcement if a situation should arise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Service Desk

In addition to Knowledge Base, customers can chat live and get in touch with IT support, and all this support is much more cloud base[d] and completely secure. In many cases user information should not be sent via email and requires a secure server, [for] which SolarWinds Service Desk is great platform. Dashboard is real time and platform has auto refresh and great notification system. Nice employee service portal and great Service Automation System.
Ali Kazempour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.7
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
9.2
Expert directory
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.3
Service restoration
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.8
Self-service tools
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.7
Subscription-based notifications
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.2
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.1
ITSM reports and dashboards
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.5

ITSM asset management

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.8
Configuration mangement
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.9
Asset management dashboard
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.8
Policy and contract enforcement
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.8

Change management

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.9
Change requests repository
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.6
Change calendar
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.5
Service-level management
Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.7

Pros

Absolute

  • I tracked a stolen computer all the way to Africa from USA and disabled it.
  • I set up geofences with alerts. As soon as a computer got a wifi connection outside of our fences it would email me its current location.
  • Absolute's persistent technology was helpful. -Even when a pawn shop would attempt to "wipe" a device before getting it online, as soon as it got online it notified me of the OS re-installation and current location. We could call authorities and they could recover the device for us. And they were happy it made their job easier and deterred the pawn shop from reselling stolen devices.
Stanley Dixon | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Service Desk

  • Approval flows: You can have multiple layers of approval required for the tickets and service requests you design. This helps us show auditors that access to privileged systems and data was formerly reviewed and approved by the appropriate managers.
  • Easy to design forms: You don't need to spend hours reading the documentation to figure out how to create forms. It's simple enough that you can just jump right in and start creating them with minimal training.
  • Lots of options and features are available for you to include in your forms.
  • Integrates well with SAML-based SSO and has capabilities for MFA.
  • Easy and useful search function. Need to find that ticket from last year that you worked for a particular user or issue? Just search by keyword or username, and it'll quickly find the ticket.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Absolute

  • The admin UI is still not very user friendly, even with the updates that have taken place.
  • Wish the documentation was a little better and some of the videos aren't up to date.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Service Desk

  • There is potential to greatly improve the capacity for cascading attributes. Currently, categories are limited to a top-level category and one subcategory. This leaves a fairly shallow decision tree.
  • Greater flexibility to modify the layout of incident request forms.
  • More integration options for cloud file-sharing platforms. Solarwinds Service Desk has tie-ins to Dropbox but not other vendors.
Kevin Staton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Absolute

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.0
Based on 6 answers
My renewal is soon coming up, it is fairly likely I will renew again for the 5th year. I may consider evaluating what else is out there, It was requested by my staff to not make a change. They feel that SSD fits our needs, is easy to use and should keep it.
Chris Peters Sr. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Absolute

Absolute 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Very simple to install. I would give it a 10 if the admin UI was easier to navigate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.2
Based on 7 answers
Solarwinds Service Desk has a very "user friendly" interface. Everything looks nice and neat. And, learning how to use the system is very easy. It provides multiple services that are easy for most people to grasp, and allows for great organization of incidents and assets. Support for Solarwinds Service Desk has a good response and resolution time and are easy to work with.
Treyce Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Absolute

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 7.3
Based on 13 answers
Because the data is stored on Amazon Web Services (AWS) there are very rarely any outages. There have been some times when the product has been slow to load, but because the interface is web based it could be anything between my computer and AWS that was causing the issue. But also, because the application is web based it can be access from anywhere which makes it very convenient
Connie Inman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Absolute

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.0
Based on 7 answers
When the system is working, the pages load very quickly. We run reports all the time in the system. The reporting can be extremely complex or very simple. Either way, we have not had any issues with the reports. We do not currently integrate Solarwinds Service Desk with any other software.
Treyce Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Absolute

Absolute 7.0
Based on 1 answer
I haven't talked to support besides trying to locate documentation and based on that experience, I give this score.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.0
Based on 86 answers
Only had to use support to help launch the service. Do wish they would have some templates in place that support would have provided. It did feel like we did most of the work even though we paid for a support package.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Absolute

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.2
Based on 2 answers
When we first purchased Samanage (now Solarwinds) they provided us with an informational training session to show us all of the basics on how the service works and showed us everything we were interested in using. There are still some areas of Solarwinds that we do not yet utilize but I know if we choose to use them in the future we would be able to schedule another session with our representative to have them show us what we need to know.
Connie Inman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Absolute

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.0
Based on 5 answers
The implementation process for our organization was fairly simple. We set up an email address to receive the emails from the system (for incident creation), and we allowed the system to spoof our IT email to respond to requests. Solarwinds helped us with the rest of the implementation, and it took less than a week to get the system fully operational.
Treyce Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Absolute

I have only used Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS). It was recommended by my Dell sales rep. After reviewing the product info, and loading a demo, it became clear that this is what was needed to add to our existing security to protect us from information loss due to a data breach on our portable devices. I presented this solution to the appropriate departments, and they agreed that this was something well worth the investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Service Desk

The simplicity and look of the user interface was a huge draw for us. We wanted a clean, user-friendly design that users would not be intimidated by. Solarwinds Service Desk brought that to the table, as well as a use-case across departments, easy automation of service requests, a robust development API, and the ability to use the platform as a communication tool and not just for incident tracking.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Absolute

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.2
Based on 4 answers
We have over 500 computers and tablets across our organization and this has helped us greatly in keeping track of where computers are and who is currently using it. I can see this product being useful to groups both larger and smaller than us and I really appreciate this product.
Connie Inman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Absolute

  • Recovery of stolen assets.
  • After recovering a few devices and students becoming aware of Absolute being deployed, it had a prevention effect deterring additional theft.
  • It deterred pawn shops from accepting our stolen machines.
Stanley Dixon | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Service Desk

  • SLA Management is working well as built, allowing for follow-ups.
  • Notifications are working extremely well for SLA Management and tickets in general.
  • Processing e-mail-to-incident is works very well, having no issues.
  • Problem Management is difficult, as closing the problem does not change the status of the attached incidents.
  • SLAs can be tough as notifying direct managers isn't possible just based on the assignee that I can find.
  • The SCCM connection for asset discovery doesn't appear to work on the Windows-based scanner; it does seem to work on the Linux-based scanners, though.
  • Domain mapping, when licensed, helps by granting users an easy to remember link to access.
  • Okta integration is extremely helpful, but somewhat difficult to set up with user provisioning.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Absolute

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

SolarWinds Service Desk

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Absolute
9.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.0

Usability

Absolute
8.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.3

Performance

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.0

Support Rating

Absolute
7.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.0

In-Person Training

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
9.1

Online Training

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.2

Implementation Rating

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.0

Scalability

Absolute
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.2

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