Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite

15 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

CA Service Desk Manager

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34 Ratings
Score 7.2 out of 101

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Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite

The Agiloft website has some short training videos that both show you how to use certain functions and also help outline the functionality available (for those of us who don't always know what we're looking for until we see it).
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CA Service Desk Manager

It is a suitable tool for a large organization with extensive user needs. It is not for a small shop as it may be over-engineered for smaller organizations that don't have teams that can manage a solution of this size. It does have some significant hardware and configuration needs, but that should not deter customers from deploying it in-house. I've seen it deployed in the cloud as well as in-house; the downside to deploying it as a hosted solution is you're forever at the mercy of the vendor for customizations, and they cost an arm and a leg. The simplest things take a long time and cost much more money than necessary, so you can't truly get a custom solution and end up with mostly vanilla services (unless you have very deep pockets.)
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Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.6
CA Service Desk Manager
8.6
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
10.0
CA Service Desk Manager
9.7
Service restoration
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
10.0
CA Service Desk Manager
8.3
Self-service tools
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.6
CA Service Desk Manager
8.7
Subscription-based notifications
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
10.0
CA Service Desk Manager
8.0
ITSM reports and dashboards
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
8.3
CA Service Desk Manager
7.5
Expert directory
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
CA Service Desk Manager
8.7
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
CA Service Desk Manager
9.7

ITSM asset management

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.2
CA Service Desk Manager
9.2
Configuration mangement
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
8.9
CA Service Desk Manager
9.7
Policy and contract enforcement
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.6
CA Service Desk Manager
8.0
Asset management dashboard
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
CA Service Desk Manager
10.0

Change management

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.8
CA Service Desk Manager
9.0
Change requests repository
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
9.6
CA Service Desk Manager
9.0
Service-level management
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
10.0
CA Service Desk Manager
9.5
Change calendar
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
CA Service Desk Manager
8.5

Pros

  • Customization. We are able to take the foundation and default set up and turn it into exactly what we need.
  • Support. Although a ticket system and dealing with support almost exclusively online seemed not ideal to us at first, we know we can rely on Agiloft's support team to get back to us quickly and help us to find a way to do something, fix issues that are going on, and answer any questions we have.
  • Easy to learn. Although there is a LOT to learn, most of it has been intuitive and easy to follow. It's easy to try out different setting to see what will happen one way versus another.
  • Charts and Reports. Being able to see data in many, many different ways through the searches and views. Automatically emailed reports are extremely helpful.
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  • A large community where, if help is needed, is usually very helpful and quick to respond.
  • Various sites with good information on various issues. If you have a problem, there's a good chance some else already had it and documented it.
  • Fairly easy installation of the product if recommendations are followed and prep-work is done.
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Cons

  • The look and feel is behind the latest offerings from competitors which can make getting users to switch to Agiloft difficult. In particular, there are limitations on formatting, placement, and type of custom elements on pages, or even custom pages themselves that contain unstructured content (essentially a custom dashboard.) These limitations have in practice not yet kept us from getting what we wanted done with the product.
  • The flexibility of the product begs for more nearly-complete custom applications (customizations) that can be instantly deployed and then tweaked to meet our needs. Creating one is easy enough, but this would speed the process even more.
  • I wish there was more financial functionality. Everything we do ties to the money, and being able to manage the money from the same app (AR/billing is the most important to us) would help a great deal.
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  • CA Service Desk Manager does not have a right click for copy and paste in version 12.6 on the major forms and fields, that is a major bummer.
  • CA Service Desk Manager is buggy, if bugs are not addressed immediately you could lose your customers faith in the product. Since CA Service Desk Manager tends to be buggy, you need a good admin to get them addressed.
  • CA Service Desk Manager's patches tend to break other functionality.
  • CA Service Desk Manager education does not address their proprietary code enough. This is for customizations.
  • CA Service Desk Manager is sensitive to it's environment and may require a full system reboot monthly.
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Likelihood to Renew

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite8.9
Based on 9 answers
We haven't experienced any problems or deficiencies that would lead us to choose another tool for the applications we have already moved to Agiloft. We also plan to deploy Agiloft for new applications due to our increasing knowledge of what it can do and increasing acceptance among our staff.
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CA Service Desk Manager4.1
Based on 6 answers
I would go for a broader service management tool.
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Usability

Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite7.3
Based on 2 answers
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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We are using CA for past 7 years we have evaluated BMC, HP & Microsoft. W12345e have selected CA because of its easy to use screen for the end user and ability to build different processes easily.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased efficiency on certain processes. Our time sheets were done previously in excel spreadsheets, which HR had to constantly remind everyone to do because they hated it. We created a tool for logging time sheets which is much easier and faster to do, and now employees don't dread it (as much). We also use print templates to automatically create documents to send to our clients, which previously had to be created manually. It also allows for information to be viewed at anytime, instead of waiting for someone to close a document first.
  • Linking together of information, and having one place for everything. Previously, we never had one place to store information and records. We had one place for this information, another for that information, and sometimes information went to one place and sometimes in some other place. We also used different tools for different things. Emails for this, our wiki for that, an excel spreadsheet for this other thing. Agiloft has allowed us to have one place where employees will go to do everything from requesting vacation days to doing tasks related to our product, to recognizing another employee's accomplishments.
  • Decreased efficiency on certain processes. However, there is a silver lining to this. These processes were previously as simple as you can get - logging information into a text file, which is then added to by other employees. There were no controls, no major checks, and things could easily be missed. Agiloft's system allows us to do things so that everything stands out and is seen, checked, and recorded in a much better way. The trade off for less efficiency is tough, but it will be worth it in the long run as we are more effective and accurate.
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  • Having CA Service Desk Manager within the company has increased the satisfaction of customer service from 68% to 95%. Teams are getting better customer survey scores and making better efforts to meet their SLAs.
  • CA Mobile app has provided agility and collaboration among IT Users and Customers.
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Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
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CA Service Desk Manager

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