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165 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate is a fantastic platform for managing multiple clients, and I feel this is why it was created in the first place. I have ready complaints about certain components and behaviors in the past online. However, it appears they have fixed these issues in later versions as we have not experienced them. It also has competitive pricing for RMM's for MSP's to use. It could also be used for a single company to manage their environment, but I don't think it was meant for this. There might be other options that are more cost effective, especially if a single company doesn't have hundreds of machines to manage or more.
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

It is well suited for organizations that are just looking for an easy to use helpdesk solution, without being too complicated to set up/manage. As it is a web-based cloud solution, there is also the benefit of the back-end of the program being managed by the vendor, so there is not a need for a Sys Admin to run this on a server and manage it. It is less suited for environments that are looking for a "complete" service desk system, which includes features such as asset tracking, inventorying, etc. Freshdesk is more of a basic service desk system, that contains most of what some organizations need for a basic helpdesk tracking solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Freshdesk
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.3
Freshdesk
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
Freshdesk
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.4
Freshdesk
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.1
Freshdesk
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Freshdesk

Management Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Freshdesk
Patch Management
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Freshdesk
Service configuration management
ConnectWise Automate
8.7
Freshdesk
Software and hardware inventory
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Freshdesk
Policy-based automation
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
Freshdesk

Reporting

ConnectWise Automate
7.6
Freshdesk
Performance data reports
ConnectWise Automate
8.3
Freshdesk
Customizable reporting
ConnectWise Automate
8.2
Freshdesk
Data visualization
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
Freshdesk
Risk analysis
ConnectWise Automate
6.5
Freshdesk

Security

ConnectWise Automate
8.3
Freshdesk
Data backup and recovery
ConnectWise Automate
7.4
Freshdesk
Antivirus and malware management
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
Freshdesk
Adinistraor access control
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Freshdesk

Incident and problem management

ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
8.7
Organize and prioritize service tickets
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
9.0
Expert directory
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
8.4
Subscription-based notifications
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
8.4
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
7.6
Ticket creation and submission
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
9.3
Ticket response
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
9.7

Self Help Community

ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
8.3
External knowledge base
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
8.7
Internal knowledge base
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
7.9

Multi-Channel Help

ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
7.4
Customer portal
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
8.4
IVR
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
3.0
Social integration
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
7.6
Email support
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
9.8
Help Desk CRM integration
ConnectWise Automate
Freshdesk
8.3

Pros

ConnectWise Automate

  • It includes a ticketing system using workflow automation, SLA, as well as performance monitoring and access tickets from mobile devices.
  • Dashboards of the tool show overviews and detailed explanations of KPIs. Your business can also use the custom report writer to generate reports on whatever issue you want.
  • You can use ConnectWise to automate the range of ITIL process, such as: incident management, availability management, change management, service reporting, service-level management, service asset and configuration management, request management, and knowledge management.
Asfer Bin Saleh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

  • The new interface is very clean and easy to navigate.
  • Awesome knowledgebase, free training and responsive support (even with a free plan) allow my team to spin up on the system without hours of internal training sessions.
  • Easily integrates with custom domains for seamless client experience.
  • Tagging and reassigning is easy.
  • Mobile apps work well and allow for easy use across multiple platforms (particularly useful when working remotely).
  • Lots of great features within the free plan.
  • The free plan allows for a fair amount of branding/customization of client portal.
Jennifer Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Automate

  • The biggest issue for Automate is their support. They seem to be completely overwhelmed. Chat support for simple questions can be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes in the queue. Then when you are connected they are doing little more than creating a ticket that will take days to hear back from them.
  • Patching. The documentation and advice from our implementation person do not match reality. The process of denying a patch is documented, but doesn't work. We were unable to block certain patches from being distributed until we spoke to a specialist about it. He couldn't explain the mis-matched documentation.
  • Speed. Using the Automate client is painfully slow. Very sluggish and non-responsive at times.
David Wertz, CHSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

  • We are a b2b provider, and we haven't found a good way of identifying the contacts with each of our customers. Tagging the contact seems to be a way, but you need to do couple of extra clics to go into the contact details and then introduce the client identification as a tag.
  • I didn't find a good way to identify tickets with a status representing that it's overdue because of the client.
  • The merging tool, although VERY useful, isn't for me completely intuitive. I have to pay a lot of attention at the icons and read the tooltip to make sure I'm keeping as main ticket the one that I want.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Support and the Speed of supporting the latest technology is the main reason for not giving this a 10. But the product is powerful and flexible. The best way that I can sum it up is "You can get out of it what you put in to it"
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Freshdesk is feature rich and easy to use. The setup is intuitive and can integrate with Google, so we do not need to create accounts for new employees. The first time an employee needs to create a ticket they login with their Google account and the Freshdesk account is automatically generated
Jeffery Albertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.2
Based on 3 answers
The UI is pretty confusing. There are Right-clicks, ctrl+clicks, Shift clicks, it's all very convoluted. With the latest gussying up, it's now arguably prettier, but very slow... I dread using it now...
Scott Sanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 2 answers
The only downside is flexibility in multi email traffic within a single ticket. Other than that everything else is easy to use to get the job done and keep the customer happy.
Mark Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.0
Based on 4 answers
It used to be great, but then they broke reporting, speed and responsiveness with version 11 and the new Patch Manager. It's really bad and their support people are way behind on fixing so many bugs. They have really gone downhill. If they don't get it together soon, we'll start looking around.
Ian Hansen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
Based on 14 answers
Most of the time their support is good for smaller things. They have a chat assist which is a nice function. When you run into a larger issue or an issue with an integration the support becomes less reliable and inconsistent. Generally your wait time on chat is under 5 minutes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 3 answers
We have never had an incident where Freskdesk was out of service. Any issues we have had was resolved in a timely fashion without the need for multiple contacts. I do not have to worry about the service having problems, because of the quality of support they provide their customers.
Jeffery Albertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.1
Based on 2 answers
LabTech online training is very very thorough in training and helping individuals understand the theory and practical side of using a Remote Monitoring & Management. The training has multiple methods of explaining each section which helps to re-enforce everything about the Training Modules. I have had some Engineers lose their interest after a number of modules because they said that it was too much, that was too similar. I've found that the training is tailored towards a technical background but the Sales training does help NON technical individuals familiarize themselves with the Remote Monitoring and Management components and how it relates to Managed Services.
Carson Hagan, ITILv3 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Start small and learn the in's and out's before making policies and rolling things out company wide. Ask the questions of why if you don't agree with something or your company does things a different way. Usually they are done a certain way for a reason. Start simple with roll out and slowly enable or add on the functionality that is needed.
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

Freshdesk 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No, it is easy to do
Victor Vũ | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Automate

We prefer Automate to Kaseya for the customization, scripting and the third party integration.However, we prefer Continuum to Automate for how much time we freed up. We no longer have to maintain Automate services, integrations, etc. We also have reduced our ticket noise by 70%. This fact alone makes Continuum our favorite.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

The big competitors of Freshdesk are Zendesk and HappyFox. Freshdesk provides a free version for you to try the product and also is cheaper than other competitors. It is great for SMB segment. For Enterprises there are other options that are more popular like JIRA. Also highly recommended for its ease of use.
Naveen Gabrani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Automate

  • Because using the program is at a very low cost, I have the ability to service any client and provide training to any client if they have a computer.
  • Saves travel time and expenses associated with travel to support/train clients. Also can be done at any time of day because of continual access.
  • Gives the client peace of mind to know that I can access and fix an issue with a workstation any time of the day, weekends, evenings when they are not available etc.
Catherine Zuniga | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

  • Positive: Helps me and my team stay on top of our queue so we know when Contacts are engaging with us.
  • Positive: Freshdesk is very simple to use and easy to get started on.
  • Positive: Their API works well with the applications we use in between our app and theirs.
Eric Weiss | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ConnectWise Automate

General

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

ConnectWise Automate Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Freshdesk

General

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

Freshdesk Editions & Modules

Edition
Sprout$01
Blossom$192
Garden$352
Estate$492
Forest$892
  1. Unlimited
  2. per Agent
Additional Pricing Details
Starts at $0 for unlimited agents with the Sprout plan . Higher plans at $19, $35, $49 and $89. The 21-day free trial covers all features at the Estate plan.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Freshdesk
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
Freshdesk
10.0

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
Freshdesk
10.0

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
Freshdesk

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
Freshdesk
10.0

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
Freshdesk

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
Freshdesk
10.0

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