BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy) vs. CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
Score 6.9 out of 10
N/A
BMC Helix ITSM replaces Remedy. It is a broad suite of ITSM, tools with strong integrations to other BMC tools and in-built ITAM. The product is used mainly by global brands and is offered in on-premise and SaaS configurations.N/A
CA Service Management
Score 6.8 out of 10
N/A
CA Service Management, including CA Desk Manager, is a fully-featured ITSM platform, now from Broadcom. It competes with BMC Remedy, ServiceNow, FrontRange ITSM, Cherwell Service Management etc. It is based on technology acquired by CA in 2010 with Nimsoft, and is now supported by Broadcom since the 2018 acquisition.N/A
Pricing
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)CA Service Management
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
Considered Both Products
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
Chose BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
I believe Remedy's performance and market share exceeds its competitors. But it is worth mentioning that Microsoft's SCCM has excellent integration with Microsoft enterprise solutions and has is less expensive and not efficient.
The IBM solution has better analytics but lacks …
Chose BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
Remedy has the option to create new applications, new forms, and fields easily. The other products very often need an expert. With Remedy you can take some online courses and learn by your self.
Chose BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
BMC provided good proof that we will get the benefits they have promised. There were different criteria in the selection process: Gartner Magic Quadrant, stability of the tool, reputation, price, local consultants, local support, ITIL processes coverage, possibilities to expand …
CA Service Management
Chose CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
We are too integrated with CA Service Desk Manager to disassociate anytime soon. We found the more we used the product the more we needed to customize it in order to better integrate with our business processes. There are other alternatives that have many built-in features that …
Chose CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
I have worked with many solutions. I believe CA Service Desk Manager is overall better then Front Range HEAT and BMC Remedy and BMC Footprints. However there are newer products out there offered as cloud / Saas that may suite your needs better then CA Service Desk Manager. I …
Top Pros
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Features
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
7.5
45 Ratings
8% below category average
CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
8.6
6 Ratings
5% above category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets7.544 Ratings9.76 Ratings
Expert directory7.931 Ratings8.75 Ratings
Service restoration6.939 Ratings8.46 Ratings
Self-service tools9.043 Ratings8.66 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications7.034 Ratings7.96 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation8.043 Ratings9.76 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards6.343 Ratings7.55 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
8.6
41 Ratings
5% above category average
CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
9.2
6 Ratings
12% above category average
Configuration mangement9.138 Ratings9.76 Ratings
Asset management dashboard8.938 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement7.731 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
7.7
42 Ratings
8% below category average
CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
9.1
6 Ratings
9% above category average
Change requests repository7.942 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Change calendar8.139 Ratings8.64 Ratings
Service-level management7.141 Ratings9.55 Ratings
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User Ratings
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
7.3
(50 ratings)
9.0
(12 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(6 ratings)
4.1
(6 ratings)
Usability
6.5
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)CA Service Management, with CA Service Desk Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
BMC Software Inc.
Large complex organisation, with complex technology that needs to manage Technology Services. It is very flexible and able to manage a large complex environment but the knowledge required to set this up correctly (foundation data and configuration) is the key factor for success. It can integrate with many other systems and tools and integrate data from many sources - whether that be AWS cloud, or an on premises bespoke system. I would not recommend for a Small Organisation without the resources to set up and maintain the underlying foundation data and configuration.
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Broadcom
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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Pros
BMC Software Inc.
  • Integration with monitoring software like SolarWinds. where Remedy can transform notifications to work orders and assign to respective teams.
  • Detailed Customization capability to fit the exact needs of the organization.
  • Change management calendar, which integrates change orders from all organization departments and facilitates the scheduling process of project managers.
  • It can be offered as a cloud-based service, where you don't need to worry about server maintenance or database backup.
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Broadcom
  • 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
BMC Software Inc.
  • The interface (ironically). My company has made an attempt to replace the "classic" Remedy interface with some more functional, modern, but Remedy set to a particular look and feel (and consequently, functionality)
  • The API is hidden from the user: There exists an API for Remedy, that would make my job TONS easier, as I like to perform actions on Remedy in bulk (and therefore - programmatically). Exposing a user API is very much mainstream these days, so Remedy relying on its interface to perform ITIL is very limiting
  • By extension- the result of Remedy's interface is that it becomes very "click-happy": little buttons, and links stuffed into every corner of the screen, with options API logically together. API is old, but it still feels very rushed.
  • The primary tool for most of my ITIL operations is: searching. API of searching goes into finding assets, checking in equipment, finding users, tickets, etc. What Remedy could very much benefit from a "Google" -like interface
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Broadcom
  • The right-click feature is disabled in this application and users are unable to copy and paste with mouse or touchpad.
  • The application also freezes quite a bit and a user will have to quite often close and reopen browser to get it functioning properly.
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Likelihood to Renew
BMC Software Inc.
We have been customers of BMC for well over 7 years now and our corporation is tightly integrated with BMC and multiple solutions they offer us.
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Broadcom
While the concepts of Service Desk and EITM were solid. The user interface, tool capabilities, and integrations fell behind the rest of the industry. Too often it seemed like CA bought and rebranded products without fully integrated them with their other products. It was a coat of paint, without the parts under the hood being updated. The overhead for administration was too high and the reporting capabilities were absolutely amongst the worst I've seen.
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Usability
BMC Software Inc.
At least Remedy is all contained in a single platform, so the interface is consistent. Also, the most heavily performed functions are generally usable. However, to use some of the more advanced modules can be a bit more cumbersome (such as Change Management and CMDB (Not Including ADDM)). So, overall BMC Remedy ITSM is better than some applications like CA SDM or HP SM, but not quite on par with ServiceNow.
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Broadcom
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
BMC Software Inc.
The support is good in overall resolving the issues and even in the deployment phase. We are able to use it in production without any trained in-house engineer as the support team gets the job done. We can say that experts completed the deployment for us, and now it is functional.
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Broadcom
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
BMC Software Inc.
Satisfied because I didn't have to do it!
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Broadcom
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
BMC Software Inc.
The decision to select BMC Remedy was made prior to my employment. We did conduct an RFC process for a new ITSM platform and BMC was considered but not selected. We looked at several platforms and ended up choosing Ivanti Service Desk (previously LANDESK) due to the features, ease of customization and price.
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Broadcom
We are too integrated with CA Service Desk Manager to disassociate anytime soon. We found the more we used the product the more we needed to customize it in order to better integrate with our business processes. There are other alternatives that have many built-in features that had we have foreseen our future requirements... would have chosen ServiceNow or Remedy as our "go-to" ticketing product.
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Scalability
BMC Software Inc.
Again, always room for improvement, but a very stable product none-the-less.
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Broadcom
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
BMC Software Inc.
  • When I was in Management discussion calls, and all the team is happy while using BMC Remedy so I don't find any specific negative impact on our organization.
  • I really enjoy Smart IT as the tool of choice for our incident management team.
  • Visibility of tickets is key. All support staff users can see tickets in consoles they have access to.
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Broadcom
  • 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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