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ConnectWise Manage

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Score 8.5 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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

It's great for repetitive or regularly scheduled activities like reports or file transfers. However, it's not so good for on-demand activities. It doesn't support task shortcuts to run specific tasks. If it did it would be perfect.
Kwame H. Baptiste | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

ConnectWise Manage
8.1
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
Organize and prioritize service tickets
ConnectWise Manage
8.3
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
Expert directory
ConnectWise Manage
8.1
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
Subscription-based notifications
ConnectWise Manage
7.8
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ConnectWise Manage
7.5
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
Ticket creation and submission
ConnectWise Manage
8.3
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
Ticket response
ConnectWise Manage
8.6
HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Self Help Community

ConnectWise Manage
6.8
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
External knowledge base
ConnectWise Manage
7.1
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
Internal knowledge base
ConnectWise Manage
6.5
HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Multi-Channel Help

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

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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

  • FTP jobs. Flexible scheduling and file watching options (send a file when added to a folder). Also flexible file naming capabilities - when a vendor wants a file with a different format (or vice-versa) Also the new encryption steps are handy.
  • File watching capabilities - If you have files that have to be somewhere by a certain time this is very handy. You can pair this with Automate's email capability (easy to use).
  • File Copying - If you have a lot of files that have to be sent on a schedule this is the way to go. You can also filter by date so only recent files are copied.
  • File Purging - like copying you can use date filters to purge old files - no more clogged folders!
  • Conditional statement functionality - If/Then, Loops, etc. Easy to use and makes the tasks MUCH more useful.
David Croney | 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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

  • Calendars
  • Tasks scheduling
Farjad Habib | 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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

No score
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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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

HelpSystems Automate Desktop 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It's just very easy to use, extremely versatile, and very reliable. It's hard to find use cases where it won't work.
Kwame H. Baptiste | 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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

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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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

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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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

HelpSystems Automate Desktop 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Support is very helpful and responsive, although using the tool is very user-friendly, so I hardly use the service.
Kwame H. Baptiste | 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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

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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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

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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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Farjad Habib | 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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

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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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

  • Positive: Reliability on FTP jobs - really important on bank files.
  • Negative - annual support a little pricey - but not unusual for this level of software.
  • Positive: Does not require a dedicated administrator, especially after the jobs are created and tested. I perform other job duties and this rarely interferes with them.
  • Positive - Since it is easy to learn and use it makes it easy to have a back up administrator
David Croney | 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

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

HelpSystems Automate Desktop Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Manage
6.5
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Manage
9.9
HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Usability

ConnectWise Manage
6.0
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
10.0

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Manage
9.1
HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Performance

ConnectWise Manage
8.1
HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Support Rating

ConnectWise Manage
5.2
HelpSystems Automate Desktop
10.0

Online Training

ConnectWise Manage
6.2
HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Manage
1.0
HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Scalability

ConnectWise Manage
8.0
HelpSystems Automate Desktop

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