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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise is a feature rich and extremely comprehensive solution for ticketing, invoicing, CRM, and IT relations. It does all of these functions exceedingly well, but it falls short on being user friendly. Getting comfortable in the software requires going through a full week of training modules. While these are well made, and do get users off and running, no helpdesk software should require that much training.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshservice

The product with current capabilities and continuous improvements can do wonders with items like Catalog items, automator workflows attached to those. This serves to automate many complex things through the workflow designs. Actions are useful to fulfill the requests and goals.If it can support customization of pages of client sides without adding extra slowness, that would be great. It can also have native integration capabilities like chatbots attached to those catalogs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

ConnectWise Manage
8.1
Freshservice
9.0
Organize and prioritize service tickets
ConnectWise Manage
8.3
Freshservice
9.6
Expert directory
ConnectWise Manage
8.1
Freshservice
8.6
Subscription-based notifications
ConnectWise Manage
7.8
Freshservice
9.1
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ConnectWise Manage
7.5
Freshservice
8.9
Ticket creation and submission
ConnectWise Manage
8.3
Freshservice
Ticket response
ConnectWise Manage
8.6
Freshservice
Service restoration
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
9.8
Self-service tools
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
9.4
ITSM reports and dashboards
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
7.8

Self Help Community

ConnectWise Manage
6.8
Freshservice
External knowledge base
ConnectWise Manage
7.1
Freshservice
Internal knowledge base
ConnectWise Manage
6.5
Freshservice

Multi-Channel Help

ConnectWise Manage
6.0
Freshservice
Customer portal
ConnectWise Manage
7.9
Freshservice
IVR
ConnectWise Manage
6.1
Freshservice
Social integration
ConnectWise Manage
1.2
Freshservice
Email support
ConnectWise Manage
7.7
Freshservice
Help Desk CRM integration
ConnectWise Manage
7.1
Freshservice

ITSM asset management

ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
8.5
Configuration mangement
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
8.8
Asset management dashboard
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
8.2
Policy and contract enforcement
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
8.4

Change management

ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
8.8
Change requests repository
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
8.6
Change calendar
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
8.7
Service-level management
ConnectWise Manage
Freshservice
9.0

Pros

ConnectWise Manage

  • Tickets- Customers can email and a ticket is generated and falls under their profile for historical records. You can save documents and select if they are customer facing or only internal facing. The option as well to have communication in tickets whether its internal facing or customer facing is nice to have when you're trying to keep a record or important details for just internal means and the customer doesn't have to see all the jargon.
  • Procurement - It's great to have this integrate with Quosal Sell. Quotes being processed into opportunities and then into a sales order which connects to a ticket or project is pretty easy to use. It does have a learning curve but once you get the hang of it, it's straightforward. Everything is pretty connected, whether keeping track of products customers have purchased historically through us, to knowing what ticket is associated to an RMA.
Alissa Levanway | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshservice

  • Customized customer portal and ticketing system - We have specific information we want our customers and team to access. Freshservice allows us to have all that exactly as we want.
  • Freshchat integration - Having the chat portal integrated on our customer portal has improved our ability to communicate and quickly resolve issues. We have the chat widget on our main customer portal through Freshservice and our Moodle LMS.
  • Asset tracking and integration - we have the ability to track our assets from anywhere now. It makes field service calls so much easier since we don't have to rely on a spreadsheet on our server. We can also connect service tickets to assets so our repairs and changes are more accurate.
  • Mobile App - having the mobile app boosts our ability in the field. We can tag assets from the app to make changes and updates. We can provide the same service on the road as we can in our offices.
John Cilla | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Manage

  • I will say the calendar option needs a little bit of work.
  • A calendar that looks more like lets say a Google Calendar would a nice feature.
  • Better Knowledge base section.
  • We attempted to get very good use out of the Knowledge however due to not really being able to organize it and it being very hard to navigate we had to go a different route for our documentation.
  • Possibly adding a cleaner user interface and adding more customization for the organization of companies would help.
  • A better layout for reporting would also be something good to have.
  • The layouts available are so difficult to put together to get what you want out of a report. Virtually makes it impossible to get what you want out of them.
John Trevino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshservice

  • Maintenance of software assets : Freshservice reports the installed software, but if a device is retired, the software remains registered in the software assets. It would be better to have an option to clean it up.
  • Software assets are registered per software-release : there is no way to get an export of one software-asset at once, you have to export them per release. In case of programs like Firefox it's time consuming
Rob Buurman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 9.9
Based on 24 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

Freshservice

Freshservice 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It's overall value in our organization is extremely high and it has become an essential part of our business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 6.0
Based on 24 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

Freshservice

Freshservice 8.9
Based on 6 answers
On the I.T. side, the time to ramp up and understand how FreshService operates only took a few hours. After that, it was off to the races with configuration and customization. From the start, with minimal assistance, our end users found FreshService to be incredibly intuitive. At launch, we expected most to submit tickets via email, however, our analytics has shown that end-users actually prefer the portal for managing their I.T. tickets.
Anonymous | 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

Freshservice

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

Freshservice

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 5.2
Based on 23 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

Freshservice

Freshservice 9.9
Based on 12 answers
The support team is highly professional and most of them I have spoken are so kind and helpful. I had booked a session for an hour to set up alerts using Workflow Automator, and in that time, the support guy helped me configure alerts, set up change management process groups, etc. Most of the other vendors will ask you to submit a separate ticket for each request.
Anonymous | 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

Freshservice

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Manage

ConnectWise Manage 1.0
Based on 5 answers
Rather than letting them sell you a block of time for implementation, create a list of things that must be completed do declare the implementation complete. The implementer will have the discretion on what they set up and in what order. They will be trying to end their services in as little time as possible and may not get things set up right. You are best advised to hire a third-party wizard that has done many of these setups. Record the audio and video of all of your implementation sessions.
Charlie Meyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshservice

Freshservice 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Use case and requirements have to be very specific. Each business is different so it's very important to be as clear as possible with your initial requirements when communicating with the on-boarding/implementation team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Manage

We have tried other and have found ConnectWise the be the best. It is the most comprehensive, offer the best integrations and did not require a complete overhaul of our work flows. We also found the training to be superb and the support, especially the online chat, to be highly responsive and effective.
Sebastian Abbinanti | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshservice

We picked Freshservice over the others for many reasons. The first would be the ease of implementation. Another is due to the nice interface the system has. We also like the way we can push out a small piece of software to pull in the asset information for asset management. Just all around better product.
Mark Kosier | 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

Freshservice

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Manage

  • At this stage in the game, we have been using the Connectwise Manage product for just one year. This basically means we're just getting out of the honeymoon part of the relationship and will now venture into getting our full value out of the software as we also begin to grow our business. We can't report on our ROI yet but we can't see ourselves living without a great PSA tool either.
  • The software has definitely enabled our projects manager to operate with more focus on the project itself, knowing that the finance details will be visible and closely scrutinized by the CFO prior to having an invoice or agreement created.
Daryn O'Shea | TrustRadius Reviewer

Freshservice

  • The service catalog has simplified and reduced inquiries about purchasing equipment, requesting forms, and identifying software that is available to campus. We estimate a 25% reduction in such inquiries
  • Canned responses and the ability to insert solutions allows our staff to spend more time supporting our users, rather than looking up answers and typing responses.
  • Using the CMDB to document infrastructure, business processes, and training material has allowed IT staff to get-up-to-speed and identify answers to questions more quickly. Additionally, the documentation is advantageous for other departments across campus so that we can show impact of business process changes.
Rick Murphy | 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

Edition
Subscription$35.001
  1. Per Tech Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Freshservice

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
$19*

* per agent, per month

Freshservice Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$19.001
Growth$49.001
Pro$89.001
  1. Per Month Per User
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Manage
6.5
Freshservice
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Manage
9.9
Freshservice
9.1

Usability

ConnectWise Manage
6.0
Freshservice
8.9

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Manage
9.1
Freshservice

Performance

ConnectWise Manage
8.1
Freshservice

Support Rating

ConnectWise Manage
5.2
Freshservice
9.9

Online Training

ConnectWise Manage
6.2
Freshservice

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Manage
1.0
Freshservice
8.2

Scalability

ConnectWise Manage
8.0
Freshservice

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