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Cherwell Service Management

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Score 6.8 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Ivanti Service Manager

This product is an ideal tracking tool for contact centers like a technical support desk, IT Service Desk, or other incident management type of support service. The out-of-the-box capabilities it has to make sure 'incidents' don't fall by the waist side once created is extensive. The product is not ideal in my opinion for a shop that does not require a high-level of structure to tracking service center activity (smaller organizations that may otherwise use other tracking alternatives like custom web solutions developed in-house or equivalents).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Cherwell Service Management
7.8
Ivanti Service Manager
7.6
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Ivanti Service Manager
8.3
Expert directory
Cherwell Service Management
8.0
Ivanti Service Manager
6.7
Service restoration
Cherwell Service Management
7.6
Ivanti Service Manager
6.8
Self-service tools
Cherwell Service Management
7.8
Ivanti Service Manager
8.2
Subscription-based notifications
Cherwell Service Management
7.2
Ivanti Service Manager
7.6
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Cherwell Service Management
7.5
Ivanti Service Manager
7.6
ITSM reports and dashboards
Cherwell Service Management
8.2
Ivanti Service Manager
8.2

ITSM asset management

Cherwell Service Management
7.7
Ivanti Service Manager
7.0
Configuration mangement
Cherwell Service Management
7.7
Ivanti Service Manager
7.0
Asset management dashboard
Cherwell Service Management
7.7
Ivanti Service Manager
7.2
Policy and contract enforcement
Cherwell Service Management
7.6
Ivanti Service Manager
6.8

Change management

Cherwell Service Management
8.1
Ivanti Service Manager
7.4
Change requests repository
Cherwell Service Management
8.2
Ivanti Service Manager
7.5
Change calendar
Cherwell Service Management
7.7
Ivanti Service Manager
7.5
Service-level management
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Ivanti Service Manager
7.4

Pros

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

Ivanti Service Manager

  • High level visibly, ISM allows for instant visibility of projects and tickets to allow upper management visibility and metrics.
  • Automation, the built-in automation tools allow for several steps to be automated to take out the manual click work for some repetitive tasks.
  • User Empowerment, ISM provides a user portal that allows the user base to log issues as well as check on the status of their issue from anywhere they have a network connection.
Cameron Council | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Ivanti Service Manager

  • Hopefully this has changed, but when we implemented the tool we had 4 different analysts work with us, because the previous ones quit. None of them passed the knowledge off so we had to start over each time.
  • The backend can be a little messy at times. It can be difficult to disable or remove a field because it’s tied to so many different modules.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Ivanti Service Manager

Ivanti Service Manager 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It is embedded for now until the client chooses otherwise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Cherwell Service Management

Cherwell Service Management 8.7
Based on 13 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

Ivanti Service Manager

Ivanti Service Manager 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Just call them up and you'll see. I don't know what it is about that Colorado support office but everyone is always in a good mood and they are so very knowledgeable about the product. Ren was my go-to, her technical knowledge is solid.
Cameron Council | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Ivanti Service Manager

Cherwell is not widely used in South Africa. For us, it was vital to have local representation and partners to assist with support and development.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Ivanti Service Manager

  • Request processes are now documented as a workflow, which is executed by the system. Service Desk staff no longer need to move requests through the process manually as the workflow handles team assignments, emails, etc. This allows our Service Desk to dedicate more resources to first call resolution issues.
  • Change process is now documented as a workflow, which is executed by the system. The Change Manager no longer needs to move requests through the process manually as the workflow handles notifications, approvals, etc.
  • Staff can enter requests via Self Service at at time, with no need to reach out to Service Desk staff. Each request prompts the staff member to ensure the receiving technician receives all information they need to complete that specific request. This has enabled technicians to react faster to requests as they received all required information upfront.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cherwell Service Management

General

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

Ivanti Service Manager

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cherwell Service Management
7.2
Ivanti Service Manager
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Cherwell Service Management
8.5
Ivanti Service Manager
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Cherwell Service Management
9.0
Ivanti Service Manager

Support

Cherwell Service Management
8.7
Ivanti Service Manager
9.1

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