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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

Spiceworks Help Desk

It's a great helpdesk solution - we currently have five years of data within it, roughly 25,000 tickets. The older edition is a great inventory and software license tracking tool. It is easy for users to use the interface and submit tickets and requests on the web, and its email integration is solid. The new version is a below-average system monitoring tool, only giving up/down status and a few other metrics.
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.6
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Cherwell Service Management
8.7
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.9
Expert directory
Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Spiceworks Help Desk
7.8
Service restoration
Cherwell Service Management
8.0
Spiceworks Help Desk
Self-service tools
Cherwell Service Management
8.5
Spiceworks Help Desk
Subscription-based notifications
Cherwell Service Management
8.1
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.2
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.3
ITSM reports and dashboards
Cherwell Service Management
8.8
Spiceworks Help Desk
Ticket creation and submission
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
9.2
Ticket response
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
9.2

ITSM asset management

Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Spiceworks Help Desk
Configuration mangement
Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Spiceworks Help Desk
Asset management dashboard
Cherwell Service Management
8.7
Spiceworks Help Desk
Policy and contract enforcement
Cherwell Service Management
8.1
Spiceworks Help Desk

Change management

Cherwell Service Management
8.6
Spiceworks Help Desk
Change requests repository
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Spiceworks Help Desk
Change calendar
Cherwell Service Management
8.6
Spiceworks Help Desk
Service-level management
Cherwell Service Management
8.7
Spiceworks Help Desk

Self Help Community

Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.7
External knowledge base
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
9.1
Internal knowledge base
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.3

Multi-Channel Help

Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
7.8
Customer portal
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.6
IVR
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
7.7
Social integration
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
7.2
Email support
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.6
Help Desk CRM integration
Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
7.0

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

Spiceworks Help Desk

  • It helps to multitask, even on the go with the mobile App.
  • We can customize to meet your needs with automated responses, notifications, and templates.
  • Detailed reports allow managers to keep track [of] and analyze data.
  • Allows for a database to store notes helpful for future tickets.
Justin Reslan | 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

Spiceworks Help Desk

  • I have always wanted a way to redirect a support request into another IS bin, such as a development task.
  • It's possible to extract the data from the Spiceworks database, but it would be helpful if the process to do so were easier.
  • Improved ability to customize the system generated emails to improve the formatting and company branding.
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

Spiceworks Help Desk

Spiceworks Help Desk 9.7
Based on 29 answers
Spiceworks is a free tool, so there would be no hesitation if we are required to upgrade it. We have installed Spiceworks on a dedicated server with more than enough resources to get the most from this tool, so we will have this running in our department for years to come.
BART HUNTER | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Spiceworks Help Desk

Spiceworks Help Desk 8.7
Based on 8 answers
Spiceworks is user friendly and easy to set up. It can be customized to suit your needs. If there are any problems, you can go to the community forums for support and be in contact with many IT Pros, as well as the Spiceworks support staff and development teams who are always happy to help users out
Chris Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cherwell Service Management

Cherwell Service Management 9.0
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Spiceworks Help Desk

Spiceworks Help Desk 10.0
Based on 6 answers
We use it both locally on our own server so up time is decided by us and we also use the hosted help desk. We have never had an outage of that.
Patrick Yeager | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cherwell Service Management

Cherwell Service Management 8.6
Based on 27 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

Spiceworks Help Desk

Spiceworks Help Desk 8.6
Based on 49 answers
Spiceworks has been working out of the box, and some of the basic customizations have been successful with just our internal staff handling. We don't have any other issues with the tool. It provides us with the inventory information we want in a quick and concise report in a variety of formats for our team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cherwell Service Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Spiceworks Help Desk

Spiceworks Help Desk 10.0
Based on 13 answers
If you can spin up a VM to run it on, you'll thank yourself later. If you have remote sites, set up a local server (or dedicated computer) at each site and set them up as remote collectors for the main site. You'll save time and bandwidth
Jennifer Metcalf | 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

Spiceworks Help Desk

EGroupware UI is clunky and hard to use, Jira is great but the pricing is expensive in comparison with spice works that has a free version and you can test it out properly before buying and make a correct decision based on your business plan and company objectives with the right software.
Héctor Aguilar | 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

Spiceworks Help Desk

  • Positive - Allow organizations to implement structured Help Desk procedures.
  • Positive - IT can begin to quantify their tickets and uncover needs within the organization.
  • Positive - IT can develop a solid roadmap with [the] management of future needs, equipment refresh schedules, etc.
  • Positive - IT can pinpoint employees who may need extra training or updated equipment based on historical ticketing data.
David Yates | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cherwell Service Management

General

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

Spiceworks Help Desk

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cherwell Service Management
7.9
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Cherwell Service Management
8.5
Spiceworks Help Desk
9.7

Usability

Cherwell Service Management
8.0
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.7

Reliability and Availability

Cherwell Service Management
9.0
Spiceworks Help Desk
10.0

Performance

Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.0

Support Rating

Cherwell Service Management
8.6
Spiceworks Help Desk
8.6

Implementation Rating

Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
10.0

Scalability

Cherwell Service Management
Spiceworks Help Desk
10.0

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