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Score 7.6 out of 100

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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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.)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ServiceNow

In very large enterprises. ServiceNow can handle a multitude of operations to help with overall IT management. The downside is two-fold: it can get quite clunky at times, and is expensive. While much of it is not intuitive and can be difficult to figure out and use, it has quite a wide range of reporting capabilities. If set up properly with solid process flows, it can be a tremendous tool for IT consumers, technicians and management.
Dr Gardiner Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

CA Service Desk Manager
8.6
ServiceNow
8.4
Organize and prioritize service tickets
CA Service Desk Manager
9.7
ServiceNow
8.8
Expert directory
CA Service Desk Manager
8.7
ServiceNow
7.9
Service restoration
CA Service Desk Manager
8.4
ServiceNow
8.0
Self-service tools
CA Service Desk Manager
8.6
ServiceNow
8.4
Subscription-based notifications
CA Service Desk Manager
7.9
ServiceNow
8.2
ITSM collaboration and documentation
CA Service Desk Manager
9.7
ServiceNow
8.7
ITSM reports and dashboards
CA Service Desk Manager
7.5
ServiceNow
8.6

ITSM asset management

CA Service Desk Manager
9.2
ServiceNow
8.0
Configuration mangement
CA Service Desk Manager
9.7
ServiceNow
8.2
Asset management dashboard
CA Service Desk Manager
10.0
ServiceNow
8.1
Policy and contract enforcement
CA Service Desk Manager
8.0
ServiceNow
7.7

Change management

CA Service Desk Manager
9.1
ServiceNow
8.7
Change requests repository
CA Service Desk Manager
9.0
ServiceNow
8.9
Change calendar
CA Service Desk Manager
8.6
ServiceNow
8.5
Service-level management
CA Service Desk Manager
9.5
ServiceNow
8.6

Pros

CA Service Desk Manager

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ServiceNow

  • Web based GUI where we can have drag and drop feature enabled for handling the items
  • Integrates well with third party platforms using REST APIs like monitoring tools to create tickets or Alerting tools to create alarms in case of an event
  • Available as a SAAS solution by ServiceNow hence users needn't worry about the backend infrastructure
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CA Service Desk Manager

  • 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.
Jamedith Pewu | TrustRadius Reviewer

ServiceNow

  • It is hard to find areas for improvement, the tool is very powerful. That said, building the CMDB still involves some manual interaction which was not how it was presented in demos.
  • The CMDB data is almost too deep and detailed. When you build the relationship map it can be so large that it is overwhelming. You can limit this, but the default maps are massive if you are discovering lots of device classes.
  • The product is expensive. Since they are the leader in the industry and the product has tons of features, they definitely charge for it!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CA Service Desk Manager

CA Service Desk Manager 4.1
Based on 6 answers
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.
Curt Melancon, CBAP, ITIL, CSSGB | TrustRadius Reviewer

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 12 answers
At the moment, ServiceNow provides the best offering in the space and our customers are very happy with their current portals. We recently conducted an ROI review of the ServiceNow product with a client that was very favorable to the product. We keep our options open, but as of right now, we don't see a reason to change.
Akil Franklin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CA Service Desk Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 7 answers
The dashboard is so confusing, [there are] many clicks to open a task and search by a ticket. The Enterprise customisation [we did] has finished to kill the software and creates a really bad experience on a daily basis. [It is] So slow, and so many clicks to process a ticket. Works only on IE so, that [should] make you realize that [it] is a bad idea.
Max Lewenhaupt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

CA Service Desk Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We have never had any issues with ServiceNow's availability that I am aware of in the two years I have been using it.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

CA Service Desk Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 9.0
Based on 1 answer
For a massive system, page loads are reasonably quick, including searches.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CA Service Desk Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 8.3
Based on 18 answers
I would give it this rating because we have had no major issues with the support for ServiceNow after we implemented it at our organization. They seem to respond promptly and efficiently if we ever do need to open a support case with them about an issue we are having.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

CA Service Desk Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 1.0
Based on 1 answer
To type in what should be a text box, you have to click an empty cell, a tiny text box pop up opens with a check box and an X. You the. Type in the text box and have to click the check mark. If you have a bunch of fields to fill out, doing this is very annoying. Absolutely know thought went in to this. I'm sure somebody in marketing thought it was a good idea. It wasn't.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

CA Service Desk Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Without exception, every client I have worked with has been very happy with their resulting product. While this is partly due to my work, I must point out that the platform is the winning decision, not the implementer.
Randall Hodgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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 had we have foreseen our future requirements... would have chosen ServiceNow or Remedy as our "go-to" ticketing product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ServiceNow

ServiceNow seems to be able to scale as large as you would like it to and outpaces the competition as far as ease of licenses and growth. While it is clunky it really allows you to drill down to the smallest workflow or permissions to really allow the system to build around your environment. Other products seem to want to push you towards templates or more of the "wizard" style set up.
Jesse Bickel, MS - PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

CA Service Desk Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 1 answer
ServiceNow works as an enterprise solution.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CA Service Desk Manager

  • 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.
Farooq Hussain | TrustRadius Reviewer

ServiceNow

  • ServiceNow has positively impacted ROI as it has improved the efficiency of request handling.
  • It has had the positive impact of allowing our organization to standardize on one ticketing tool eliminating a number of others.
  • A negative impact on ROI has been the licensing cost of ServiceNow. Being the premier ticket management system, it definitely has the price tag to match.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CA Service Desk Manager

General

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

ServiceNow

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CA Service Desk Manager
9.0
ServiceNow
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

CA Service Desk Manager
4.1
ServiceNow
10.0

Usability

CA Service Desk Manager
ServiceNow
10.0

Reliability and Availability

CA Service Desk Manager
ServiceNow
10.0

Performance

CA Service Desk Manager
ServiceNow
9.0

Support Rating

CA Service Desk Manager
ServiceNow
8.3

Online Training

CA Service Desk Manager
ServiceNow
1.0

Implementation Rating

CA Service Desk Manager
ServiceNow
10.0

Scalability

CA Service Desk Manager
ServiceNow
10.0

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