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Score 7.6 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Manage

Wouldn't be good for small businesses and unless you are providing work that needs to be generated by a ticket, this wouldn't be for you. It's great for companies that need to log specific information for customers and record time entered by employees. It's good for project management, keeping track of financials and time
Alissa Levanway | 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

Incident and problem management

ConnectWise Manage
7.2
Freshdesk
8.7
Organize and prioritize service tickets
ConnectWise Manage
7.4
Freshdesk
9.0
Expert directory
ConnectWise Manage
7.3
Freshdesk
8.4
Subscription-based notifications
ConnectWise Manage
6.6
Freshdesk
8.4
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ConnectWise Manage
6.2
Freshdesk
7.6
Ticket creation and submission
ConnectWise Manage
7.9
Freshdesk
9.3
Ticket response
ConnectWise Manage
8.0
Freshdesk
9.7

Self Help Community

ConnectWise Manage
6.3
Freshdesk
8.3
External knowledge base
ConnectWise Manage
6.6
Freshdesk
8.7
Internal knowledge base
ConnectWise Manage
6.0
Freshdesk
7.9

Multi-Channel Help

ConnectWise Manage
5.8
Freshdesk
7.4
Customer portal
ConnectWise Manage
6.9
Freshdesk
8.4
IVR
ConnectWise Manage
4.2
Freshdesk
3.0
Social integration
ConnectWise Manage
4.0
Freshdesk
7.6
Email support
ConnectWise Manage
6.5
Freshdesk
9.8
Help Desk CRM integration
ConnectWise Manage
7.5
Freshdesk
8.3

Pros

ConnectWise Manage

  • Manage's GUI is fantastic and easy to use.
  • Makes it very simple to create support tickets and organize them.
  • The different boards in Manage are what really make this product great.
  • Being able to lay everything out and easily organize to our liking is a huge plus!
  • Being customer friendly is another aspect I like.
  • The portal is easy to setup and easy for clients to use.
  • We use this feature heavily as an MSP.
John Trevino | 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 Manage

  • The inventory and procurement module could use some work. It is often difficult to navigate through. A cycle count option would be a great addition as well.
  • More customization would be great especially in the PO emails.
  • The StreamLine IT function, while great, could use some improvement. It is difficult to setup and can at times interfere with other things that we do.
  • The invoices are perhaps the ugliest. A straight forward customizable invoice template, not a report that adds 20 steps to the process, would be a huge improvement.
Sebastian Abbinanti | 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 Manage

ConnectWise Manage 10.0
Based on 23 answers
ConnectWise has uniquely positioned themselves with the Modern Office Suite to have direct integration with a nearly full suite of tools for MSPs. Although each tool may not necessarily be the absolute best tool on the market, the efficiencies leveraged through direct integration make the entire suite an obvious choice for most companies.
Delano Collins | 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 Manage

ConnectWise Manage 8.0
Based on 15 answers
I have been using ConnectWise since 2004 and I am impressed with the progress they have made. However, there are still bugs that don't work quite like they should. If I were to run reports and get consistent answers along with a couple other annoyances, then I would score CW as a 10
Wes Jensen | 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

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 9.1
Based on 3 answers
We use the cloud version of ConnectWise and in the last 5 years it has never been down for us during business hours. I can only recall 1 time when it was not available during off hours when we wanted to use it.
Farrell Lusher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 8.1
Based on 6 answers
Some tab for certain areas load speeds could be better. Dashboards can load slowly when they reference multiple reports. Some reports can load slowly based on the tables and views they are accessing. At times the SQL queries being performed in the background can actually timeout and a tab or screen will fail to load.
David Pavuk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 2.8
Based on 12 answers
The front line support techs are wildly inconsistent when it comes to the level of support. Sometimes you get someone who just wants to throw links to University documentation at you, sometimes you get someone who truly tries to understand your issue and confers with peers and managers to find an answer, and sometimes you get someone who just wants to create a ticket and escalate immediately. If you ask three different techs the same question you will probably get three different answers, one of them being, "That's not possible."
Jennifer Henney | 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 Manage

ConnectWise Manage 6.2
Based on 7 answers
We are a telecoms company. Whilst CW were very happy to sell us their product and tell us how good it is for telecoms. All the training material is geared towards IT MSP's. The on-line training material was virtually useless. We found the implementation a bit of a joke. They tried telling us 12 hours of implementation time would be sufficient to launch the product. We erred on the side of caution and paid for 24 hours. This was quickly eaten away and we were nowhere near ready to go-live. I find the on-line chat facility is of much more use for us.
Graham Green | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 1.0
Based on 3 answers
Thoroughly review the training at ConnectWise University BEFORE starting. Ask questions to other partners - there is a huge community that is more than willing to help. Lastly, I recommend getting ConnectWise Consulting to help - it's a BIG product, and the money you spend on consulting will pay for itself by helping you and your team get off to a running start (in the right direction)
Delano Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

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

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Manage

Our business was formed through the relationship between two separate business owners, one who utilized Labtech RMM products only and myself who had used the Solarwinds RMM product and eventually their Service Desk product. One look at Connectwise manage showed that it was a significantly more developed product at the time, something that would stack up well with the likes of AutoTask. It was an easy decision to transition to the Connectwise line of products and operate in a cohesive environment supported by a single vendor. As we move forward, we are excited to bring on other products that integrate into the Automate product, allowing us to offer additional services to our customers that can be managed and monitored in one location.
Daryn O'Shea | 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

Scalability

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 8.0
Based on 6 answers
ConnectWise seems to have a good understanding of the IT service industry. During the required onboarding training, they even preach configuring only features that you need right now, as you can always scale up later. The feature set for the most part takes into considerations all aspects of an IT business, whether small or enterprise, or growing from one to the next.
Nicolas Poague | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshdesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Manage

  • ConnectWise has contributed to being more accurate with our Engineers time keeping. Being able to track everything to very granular detail has been beneficial.
  • Pre-planning and recurring service tickets for companies has been a big benefit as well. Love being able to set it and forget it.
  • Having more options on time entries has allowed our Field Engineers to become more granular with the time spent on site. It has allowed us to capture more follow up opportunities to get back in front of the Client to show them.
Carson Hagan, ITILv3 | 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 Manage

General

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

ConnectWise Manage 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 Manage
7.0
Freshdesk
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Manage
10.0
Freshdesk
10.0

Usability

ConnectWise Manage
8.0
Freshdesk
10.0

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Manage
9.1
Freshdesk

Performance

ConnectWise Manage
8.1
Freshdesk

Support Rating

ConnectWise Manage
2.8
Freshdesk
10.0

Online Training

ConnectWise Manage
6.2
Freshdesk

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Manage
1.0
Freshdesk
10.0

Scalability

ConnectWise Manage
8.0
Freshdesk

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