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Score 7.7 out of 100
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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

Spoke

Spoke is well suited to ingesting the myriad questions and requests I get throughout my workday. If I receive requests directly, they make it easy to change those requests into tickets, which helps my team track and demonstrate the work that we do. Spoke is also great for auto-answering common issues and questions. It only takes three of the same general question for it to start recognizing and offering the answer from our KB. Spoke has also been a great partner in helping our team be more efficient and more effective, something we never got with our old provider. I can’t emphasize enough that Spoke is NOT for external-facing helpdesks. It’s just not. It works best for teams that are supporting their own colleagues. I would also say that, at the moment, it doesn’t scale well past a few hundred users. They’re implementing features this year that will be more helpful for that sort of thing. But it does work great for remote support!
Rose Layton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Spoke
8.4
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Cherwell Service Management
8.7
Spoke
7.3
Expert directory
Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Spoke
8.3
Service restoration
Cherwell Service Management
8.0
Spoke
10.0
Self-service tools
Cherwell Service Management
8.5
Spoke
8.7
Subscription-based notifications
Cherwell Service Management
8.1
Spoke
8.4
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Spoke
8.2
ITSM reports and dashboards
Cherwell Service Management
8.8
Spoke
8.0

ITSM asset management

Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Spoke
9.0
Configuration mangement
Cherwell Service Management
8.3
Spoke
9.0
Asset management dashboard
Cherwell Service Management
8.7
Spoke
Policy and contract enforcement
Cherwell Service Management
8.1
Spoke
9.0

Change management

Cherwell Service Management
8.6
Spoke
8.3
Change requests repository
Cherwell Service Management
8.4
Spoke
8.7
Change calendar
Cherwell Service Management
8.6
Spoke
8.3
Service-level management
Cherwell Service Management
8.7
Spoke
8.0

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

Spoke

  • Routes questions to the right team or person via Slack, email or text
  • Obtain status updates on current job requests
  • Allows IT to follow up more efficiently on the job requests from employees
Anonymous | 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

Spoke

  • Newer company, a lot of features on the road map that aren't yet available.
  • A few bugs with the Slack integration.
  • Filtering/searching tickets is not intuitive.
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

Spoke

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Spoke

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Spoke

Spoke 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Any questions we've had were fielded in a very timely manner and their staff have been very helpful in our launch and ongoing inquiries. Internally, it has been very well received amongst staff and has increased efficiency, company wide
Anonymous | 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

Spoke

Spoke is just... easier. Easier to set up and easier to use, for both admins and users. We already have asset management and didn’t necessarily need our ticketing system to be directly connected to it. We wanted a product that was friendly to use, not crazy expensive, and didn’t require us to purchase an implementation package and/or a multi-day training package to roll-out. It’s not rocket science!
Rose Layton | 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

Spoke

  • Spoke has been very cost efficient, more than paying for itself in gained productivity hours.
Kristen Houston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cherwell Service Management

General

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

Spoke

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
Spoke
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Cherwell Service Management
8.5
Spoke

Usability

Cherwell Service Management
8.0
Spoke

Reliability and Availability

Cherwell Service Management
9.0
Spoke

Support Rating

Cherwell Service Management
8.6
Spoke
8.0

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