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Likelihood to Recommend

Confluence

Atlassian Confluence is extremely well suited for capturing knowledge and sharing it with your organization. Whether that takes the form of blog posts, technical documentation, or project status reports, Confluence can handle it all. Anytime that written documentation with detail would be valuable to your organization, Atlassian Confluence is THE tool to use.The only time I'd say that it is less suited for use is as a substitute for a face-to-face conversation. Sometimes people will use Atlassian Confluence as a communications vehicle when an in-person dialog would be much more expedient. Of course, you could always capture the output of that conversation as a Confluence page!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

Cherwell is a good choice for any sized enterprise that needs an extremely customizable IT help desk solution that triggers (again, entirely customizable) automated actions, spawns workflows (and auto-spawns tasks and sub-tasks for them) for multiple IT technicians and multiple tiers of technicians. It can do project management, change management, asset management, all the same things that the others can do and far, far more. If you do NOT need a highly customized help desk solution and if you don't need automated workflow creation and task tracking, then you could buy a less expensive solution that you can use out of the box without any of the frills. But as I said, Cherwell can do a lot more than just IT help desk, and it has a huge array of "plug-in" / "add-on" features, most of which are free, that make every Cherwell implementation completely unique to the enterprise that uses it. Cherwell is just right for a company that wants to manage and customize the help desk application with a PTE resource. I manage it myself at my company, and I spend very little time maintaining it now that it's solidly established ... although it's so much fun to customize that I wish I had more time to add new features and play with it. I do strongly advise some training for the admins ... your Cherwell admins MUST take the online, instructor-led introductory admin class to kick you off, and you MUST have implementation help from Cherwell to setup your instance, especially their hosted offering, over which you don't have database admin control (you can't even turn it on to get it working without their help). But after that, there is very little support needed from your own in-house Cherwell admin resource, unless, of course, you are constantly growing the solution to make it do more. I can see how that could happen because Cherwell can do almost anything. I can imagine some departments wanting to make it into the swiss-army-knife of IT .. and HR .. and facilities .... and physical security ... and you could spend many hours down the rabbit hole doing that if you wanted to
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Confluence
7.9
Cherwell Service Management
Task Management
Confluence
8.6
Cherwell Service Management
Gantt Charts
Confluence
7.9
Cherwell Service Management
Scheduling
Confluence
7.2
Cherwell Service Management
Workflow Automation
Confluence
7.7
Cherwell Service Management
Mobile Access
Confluence
8.0
Cherwell Service Management
Search
Confluence
7.9
Cherwell Service Management
Visual planning tools
Confluence
7.9
Cherwell Service Management

Communication

Confluence
8.0
Cherwell Service Management
Chat
Confluence
6.4
Cherwell Service Management
Notifications
Confluence
8.8
Cherwell Service Management
Discussions
Confluence
8.2
Cherwell Service Management
Surveys
Confluence
7.0
Cherwell Service Management
Internal knowledgebase
Confluence
8.8
Cherwell Service Management
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Confluence
6.0
Cherwell Service Management
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Confluence
9.3
Cherwell Service Management
Integrates with Outlook
Confluence
9.6
Cherwell Service Management

File Sharing & Management

Confluence
8.4
Cherwell Service Management
Versioning
Confluence
8.6
Cherwell Service Management
Video files
Confluence
8.0
Cherwell Service Management
Audio files
Confluence
8.2
Cherwell Service Management
Document collaboration
Confluence
8.8
Cherwell Service Management
Access control
Confluence
9.0
Cherwell Service Management
Advanced security features
Confluence
8.8
Cherwell Service Management
Integrates with Google Drive
Confluence
8.0
Cherwell Service Management
Device sync
Confluence
8.0
Cherwell Service Management

Incident and problem management

Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.7
Expert directory
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Service restoration
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.0
Self-service tools
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Subscription-based notifications
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.0
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
ITSM reports and dashboards
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.8

ITSM asset management

Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Configuration mangement
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Asset management dashboard
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.6
Policy and contract enforcement
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.0

Change management

Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.5
Change requests repository
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Change calendar
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.5
Service-level management
Confluence
Cherwell Service Management
8.7

Pros

Confluence

  • Confluence provides the ability to any employee to create content as they see fit, democratizing the content creation process
  • The parent and child relationships between pages makes organizing your content much easier.
  • If you're also using Jira as your task management software, the native integration allows you to work in both systems and share content and data between the two, seamlessly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

  • After proper training on setting up the views and servers, Cherwell did a good job separating various department ownership of tickets. Our work views weren't cluttered with irrelevant information.
  • There is a lot of information that can be embedded into tickets. Such as sub-task assignments that could contain almost the same information as a ticket itself. Lot of customization options.
  • Custom personal dashboards were nice, once I figured out how to do it. Not everyone wants to see things the same way as other people, and being able to move touch points where you want is always a plus.
David Crawford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Confluence

  • Search. The search functionality of Confluence is not that great. When typing a search there are often dozens or hundreds of irrelevant pages and you can't see enough in the search results to know which page you are looking for so it can sometimes be hard to find information you are looking for.
  • Over-notification. If you subscribe to an active group, you will get a notification every time something changes. This means that if someone is actively updating during a meeting (taking minutes), you could receive several notification for the same set of changes.
Chris Snelling, CFA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

  • Sometimes comments made on a ticket do not generate emails to the technician who owns it, and they will not know there is an update from the customer without checking it
  • Sometimes I will see an error pop up when copying text but it can easily be closed
  • Sometimes the time-out window for staying logged in does not appear on top of other applications so I will not know it's logging me out
Robbie Speers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Confluence

Confluence 10.0
Based on 15 answers
I am confident that Atlassian can come with additional and innovative macros and functions to add value to Confluence. In 6 months, Atlassian transformed a good collaborative tools into a more comprehensive system that can help manage projects and processes, as well as "talk" with other Atlassian products like Jira. We are in fact learning more about Jira to evaluate a possible fit to complement our tool box.
Charles Thomasset, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

Cherwell Service Management 8.5
Based on 4 answers
We stay on maintenance for support and upgrades. We rely on this product for our internal operations and need to have a maintenance contract so there is some vendor support in the event of a disaster, so we opted to renew. The more recent versions of Cherwell also have some new exciting features that we're also hoping to be able to implement.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Confluence

Confluence 8.6
Based on 9 answers
Confluence can - and in my personal opinion, it will - be a bit hard to use in the first moment. Atlassian is a great company and is eager to help you with any question you have, though. The interface seems to be a bit clumsy at first but the customization options are enough to make it easier and simpler. In general, Confluence is easy to use when you understand what each section does, but this can take a while.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

Cherwell Service Management 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Cherwell Service Managment is a really good tool because it allows us to create tickets in the app, from the web, or from emails.
Michał Sabat | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Confluence

Confluence 10.0
Based on 4 answers
It is always on, always ready. It is very adaptable and reliable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

Cherwell Service Management 9.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Confluence

Confluence 9.8
Based on 8 answers
Pages load very quickly, which makes it useful for quickly obtaining information. The search functionality is also very quick and is able to parse through all of the documents to provide the most relevant results for the query. Other information based software gets bogged down, but so far Atlassian Confluence maintains its performance.
Kaleb-John Loo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Confluence

Confluence 8.5
Based on 41 answers
I have not had a lot of support experiences with Atlassian, but of the few I have, I wasn't very satisfied with the results. I found that multiple people would respond to the issue at various stages, requiring re-communication (even though the support system stores everything and shows it to both them and you). Often responses came at odd hours, resulting in 24+ hour turnaround on basic responses, even if you respond right away. Support often asks you to do things which require downtime, and don't seem sympathetic if your organization requires that downtime to be done off-hours. This makes it difficult to resolve issues in a timely manner, if at all.I must note that I have not opened a support incident with them in close to 2 years, and it's my understanding from colleagues that there has been much improvement. My comments and ratings reflect my older experiences.
Brian Scholer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

Cherwell Service Management 8.5
Based on 16 answers
We generally have a good time with Cherwell support, however, there are the few niche cases where I have to explain how Cherwell works to the customer support agent on the other end. A little more product education for tier 1 support could go a long way in helping expedite support requests from SaaS customers.
Zachary Louis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Confluence

Confluence 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Great process overall
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Confluence

Atlassian Confluence is a great choice for our company when compared to the 2 other knowledge base software services we have previously used. The software is more robust and has more plug-in services, such as Jira. This has been tremendously useful for us to gain visibility into project planning vs. actual hours logged. The other software platforms did not have this functionality.
Alexandria Alvarez Gerbasi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

CIT had used HEAT for 15 years, which was about 10 years more than we should have. Our HEAT implementation was extremely customized and though we used HEAT well and our processes were melded with HEAT, there were many areas for improvement. Tickets would get lost or a task would be lost or the ticket would go through many hands without proper documentation. It was just fairly clunky and not very scaleable.
Michael J Mandeville | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Confluence

Confluence 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This tool is very adaptable. So much so we use it for three completely separate projects, in three very different ways.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Confluence

  • Overall, I think the impact of Confluence has been positive. As a remote team, it simplifies process and communication for us.
  • Confluence streamlines group work and tasks to make it clear who is doing what they should be doing
  • Some of my employees do complain that confluence is hard to use and that they can't navigate around very well.
Holly Wallace Nielsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cherwell Service Management

  • Having a single SaaS instance of Cherwell has allowed our organization for the first time seamlessly transfer tickets across regions and allow for unprecedented communication between our groups. We look forward to opening the tool to all global IT teams and incorporating all major modules (Problem, Change, CI & Knowledge and more!) where we'll finally all be on the same tool and various IT data will finally all be in a relational database.
  • Ongoing costs can be lowered because we now have enough in-house expertise to manage most of our routine Cherwell modifications and management.
  • Once Cherwell is fully implemented at our organization, we'll be able to do with several separate systems and databases where all IT information is currently stored which will make things more simple and cost-effective to maintain.
Brandon Joseph | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Confluence

General

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

Confluence Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Server10.001
Server2700.002
Server5300.003
Server10,200.004
Server19,800.005
Server30,000.006
Server45,000.007
Server90,000.008
Server150,000.009
Data Center15,000.0010
Data Center30,000.0011
Data Center52,000.0012
Data Center79,200.0013
Data Center105,600.0014
Data Center132,000.0015
Data Center143,000.0016
Data Center154,000.0017
Data Center165,000.0018
Data Center176,000.0019
Data Center187,000.0020
Data Center198,000.0021
Data Center209,000.0022
Data Center220,000.0023
  1. 10 Users - Perpetual License
  2. 25 Users - Perpetual License
  3. 50 Users - Perpetual License
  4. 100 Users - Perpetual License
  5. 250 Users - Perpetual License
  6. 500 Users - Perpetual License
  7. 2,000 Users - Perpetual License
  8. 10,000 Users - Perpetual License
  9. 10,001+ Users - Perpetual License
  10. 500 Users - Annually
  11. 1,000 Users - Annually
  12. 2,000 Users - Annually
  13. 3,000 Users - Annually
  14. 4,000 Users - Annually
  15. 5,000 Users - Annually
  16. 10,000 Users - Annually
  17. 15,000 Users - Annually
  18. 20,000 Users - Annually
  19. 25,000 Users - Annually
  20. 30,000 Users - Annually
  21. 35,000 Users - Annually
  22. 40,000 Users - Annually
  23. 40,001+ Users - Annually
SaaS Edition
Free0.001
Standard5.002
Premium10.002
EnterpriseContact Sales
  1. Free for 10 Users
  2. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Cherwell Service Management

General

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

Cherwell Service Management Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Confluence
8.5
Cherwell Service Management
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Confluence
10.0
Cherwell Service Management
8.5

Usability

Confluence
8.6
Cherwell Service Management
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Confluence
10.0
Cherwell Service Management
9.0

Performance

Confluence
9.8
Cherwell Service Management

Support Rating

Confluence
8.5
Cherwell Service Management
8.5

Implementation Rating

Confluence
9.0
Cherwell Service Management

Scalability

Confluence
10.0
Cherwell Service Management

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