BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy) vs. OpenText Service Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
Score 7.1 out of 10
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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
OpenText Service Manager
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
OpenText™ Service Manager (formerly from Micro Focus) is scalable service desk software powered by machine learning, analytics, and automation. It provides an ITSM platform for standardizing service delivery and support across the enterprise.N/A
Pricing
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)OpenText Service Manager
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)OpenText Service Manager
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)OpenText Service Manager
Considered Both Products
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
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 …
Chose BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
BMC Remedy ITSM should be on your short list if you are considering a robust solution in an on-premise model. The implementation community is very strong and mature. BMC still has the broadest suite of complementary IT Operations add-on products which are still currently …
OpenText Service Manager

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)OpenText Service 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
OpenText Service Manager
9.4
2 Ratings
14% above category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets7.544 Ratings8.62 Ratings
Expert directory7.931 Ratings9.62 Ratings
Service restoration6.939 Ratings8.72 Ratings
Self-service tools8.943 Ratings9.82 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications7.034 Ratings9.82 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation8.143 Ratings9.82 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards6.343 Ratings9.82 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
8.6
41 Ratings
4% above category average
OpenText Service Manager
9.7
2 Ratings
16% above category average
Configuration mangement9.138 Ratings9.72 Ratings
Asset management dashboard8.938 Ratings9.82 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement7.731 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
7.7
42 Ratings
9% below category average
OpenText Service Manager
10.0
1 Ratings
17% above category average
Change requests repository7.942 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Change calendar8.139 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Service-level management7.141 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)OpenText Service Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
7.3
(50 ratings)
9.6
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 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)
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Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)OpenText Service 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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OpenText
HP Service Manager (HPSM) is well suited for a big company and it does the job that it's intended to do but it's not perfect. It has a fairly large learning curve for searching Knowledge Management (KMs) and it takes time to learn how to be fast at creating/resolving tickets while on calls. I have been using HPSM for about 2 years now and we recently moved from the desk client to the web client and we are seeing a lot more issues than we did with the desk client. They keep coming out with updates for it so eventually most of our issues will hopefully be resolved. Overall the web experience is better as it looks more modern than what we used in the past.
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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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OpenText
  • Capacity management like maintaining CI's and their relations is good.
  • Approvals with HPSM is a cake walk and quite logical.
  • There is no wait for troubleshooting or help, HPSM tech help is always there.
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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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OpenText
  • When you search Knowledge Articles, it is not like Google, and you need to learn how to search for what you need.
  • It takes a very long time to close tickets in HPSM. Here are the steps to close a ticket. 1. Add notes. 2. Add KM 3. Click Resolve 4.Click Save 5.Click Close 6.Click Okay to Message (ticket has recently been modified) 7. Click Close.
  • It's slow and sometimes crashes/freezes and you lose all the information you may have entered. I usually use notepad++ to gather all my notes and paste them into HPSM.
  • When searching previous tickets the preview pane does not allow for sorting by date to have the most recent at the very top every time you pull up previous tickets. Sometimes there are pages and pages of previous tickets and you have to click and scroll to get what you need.
  • I click on search KMs and it takes me to a blank page and I have to click the back button which then brings me to the search KM page.
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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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OpenText
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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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OpenText
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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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OpenText
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Implementation Rating
BMC Software Inc.
Satisfied because I didn't have to do it!
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OpenText
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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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OpenText
[We selected HP Service Manager because] HPSM is reliable.
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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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OpenText
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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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OpenText
  • We take anywhere from between 850-1400 calls a day and overall the whole opening tickets to close process goes pretty smoothly.
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