Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite

15 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

AutoMate BPA Server

1 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite

Agiloft is most suited to meeting the needs of an organization that requires rapid and frequent process changes for critical processes, and values empowering the people who do the job to determine how best to automate it - essentially rapidly growing, democratic organization.It's hard to imagine an inappropriate scenario to use Agiloft, but one that comes to mind is organzations requiring a complete, finished, highly structured solution that they do not want to change over time. Agiloft is designed with the expectation that clients will adapt it to their needs so many functions are left undone, rather than throwing a "kitchen sink" at the customer and letting them choose what they need.The best way to work with Agiloft is to take the training class, then have a small success with a small team, involving the employees and first level management in the deployment. They'll tell everyone else how much they like it. This reduces the possibility of slow development cycles and an undue dependence on outside expertise, while maximizing the return on Agiloft's investment in easy customizability.
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AutoMate BPA Server

Anything where automation would be helpful, I'd recommend. If you're doing a task over and over again, Automate can likely work and do it for you. It helps to keep things running exactly the same so that when failures occur, they can easily be traced to their source.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.6
AutoMate BPA Server
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
10.0
AutoMate BPA Server
Service restoration
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
10.0
AutoMate BPA Server
Self-service tools
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.6
AutoMate BPA Server
Subscription-based notifications
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
10.0
AutoMate BPA Server
ITSM reports and dashboards
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
8.3
AutoMate BPA Server

ITSM asset management

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.2
AutoMate BPA Server
Configuration mangement
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
8.9
AutoMate BPA Server
Policy and contract enforcement
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.6
AutoMate BPA Server

Change management

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.8
AutoMate BPA Server
Change requests repository
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.6
AutoMate BPA Server
Service-level management
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
10.0
AutoMate BPA Server

Workload Automation

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
AutoMate BPA Server
6.5
Multi-platform scheduling
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
AutoMate BPA Server
9.0
Central monitoring
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
AutoMate BPA Server
6.0
Logging
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
AutoMate BPA Server
5.0
Alerts and notifications
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
AutoMate BPA Server
7.0
Analysis and visualization
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
AutoMate BPA Server
3.0
Application integration
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
AutoMate BPA Server
9.0

Pros

  • Easy coding-free customization and process-oriented customization interface allows us to delegate ownership of business processes to the layer of management closest to the users of the services Agiloft provides, allowing us to rapidly adapt to new business needs and avoid expensive and slow professional-service based development cycles or a dedicated in-house admin team.
  • Extremely flexible, so we are starting to use it for all kinds of things that we never originally intended it for, including managing change control for our customers, contract management, etc. People in our organization tell each other how effective the tool is which encourages using it to solve problems.
  • The product is clearly designed with forethought and ingenuity, which pays off repeatedly when trying to address a new application. The cleverness of coding-free customization endears it to its administrators.
  • High quality support and professional services from a well-trained onshore team are available so we never felt as though Agiloft stood in the way of implementation.
  • Though we have only minimal usage so far, Agiloft offers a lot of different ways to interface to other systems, which will keep it relevant as we build out our automation and encourages us to use it as a central repository that can be easily accessed, processed, and modified as necessary, enabling its automation features to make good decisions that support automated service delivery to our clients.
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  • Very detailed task builder. Easy to read step by step a task's operation even if you don't have much programming knowledge.
  • Scheduling for automation jobs is very flexible. Allows us to create all kinds of job schedules as needed.
  • Organization of jobs, tasks, conditions is done well. Allows us to easily manage our items.
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Cons

  • Its feature set is so complete, we have yet to find it missing something that we needed.
  • I wish we could automatically transition our CRM from Salesforce into Agiloft
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  • AutoMate's Windows interface can be quite buggy at times. We are using the latest and final build of AutoMate 10. It took many iterations to get this most stable build, but there are still many little issues that happen when building tasks. Copying and pasting too much causes GUI errors and can crash. Things don't indent properly, success/failure arrow lines in the Job window don't flow perfectly straight, etc. There is a newer version AutoMate 11, but it's so buggy we can't even use it properly.
  • Memory management is terrible on Aut 10 and 11. Just working in the program for a little bit building tasks has memory leaks that don't resolve until you close out of the program. You'll be using several GB of ram in no time.
  • Dashboard reporting could be better. We'd like a better way to track how jobs are running, when failures occur, etc. You can do that now, but the interface is cumbersome.
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Likelihood to Renew

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite8.9
Based on 9 answers
It does exactly what we need. Changing to something else would make no sense.
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Usability

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite7.3
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For the most part, it is an easy and intuitive system to use. There are many small things that could be improved to make the system work even easier. However, overall it is very easy to use if you have a good grasp on computer programs and using them to build things. I do not have any computer science or programming background, and I am able to use this system with few problems.
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Support

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite9.1
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We get excellent expert support whenever we need it, which is rarely because usually we can easily figure out what to do without needing help.
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Alternatives Considered

Agiloft's singular advantage is its ease of customization that allows you to capture automation requirements right at the point of use. We knew our company would always be developing new requirements for its customer-facing processes and any tool that made customization difficult was an inferior choice for us. Other vendors offered similar levels of customization, but when we dug deeper, Agiloft was the only one that delivered it.Our management team came from the IT and development side of NetSuite and we have used it to manage our business almost since inception. However, its support, marketing, and sales functionality was too difficult to modify and built to meet too broad a set of requirements, so we could never get full adoption or utilization, and it stood in the way of delivering the service levels we needed to provide our customers. We still use NetSuite for back-of-the-house financial functions which don't need that level of customization, but for everything else, the way forward has led us to choose Agiloft.
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At an older job we used to use SSIS as kind of an automation tool as well as it could also be used to connect to FTP sources, read files, etc. AutoMate is simply centrally designed to be true automation software. It is much more robust, can work with a variety of software (including SSIS itself) and is much quicker to integrate and troubleshoot.
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Return on Investment

  • We are able to offer industry leading support and service SLAs to our clients because Agiloft can automate our support process, unlike other tools we have looked at.
  • We are able to automate our own sales process rather than follow a prewritten one, which promotes adoption of sales force automation. (Most sales departments are full of individual tools each person uses to get around the limitation of the company's provided tool!)
  • We are able to automate many processes we never thought we would be able to without custom coding. We're only starting to scratch the surface of what we think we can use Agiloft for.
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  • It's been a net positive as AutoMate requires less eyes on specific tasks so that people can focus attention elsewhere and do more analysis.
  • Less manual work also decreases the chances of mistakes and/or missed jobs. Since Automate can schedule everything, send email notifications, etc., there is less time wasted.
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Pricing Details

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details

AutoMate BPA Server

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details