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Score 7.6 out of 100

SolarWinds Service Desk

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Score 8.3 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

Solarwinds Service Desk strikes a good balance between cost and features. If you're an organization without any tools for incident management, process workflows, or vendor management, then Solarwinds Service Desk will be a huge improvement. Service Desk has more features than other products in the same tier. We compared Solarwinds Service Desk to Zendesk but found that Zendesk was missing key capabilities.For larger organizations or organizations with more sophisticated project management, dashboard, incident management, asset tracking needs... as well as larger budgets... something like ServiceNow or TeamDynamix would be a better choice. The key takeaway for Solarwinds Service Desk is that it has many features at a fraction of the cost of the big players in this space. It won't be as customizable as the more expensive models but it will help you mature your ITSM and help with organization wide process improvement.
Kevin Staton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

ConnectWise Manage
7.2
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.5
Organize and prioritize service tickets
ConnectWise Manage
7.4
SolarWinds Service Desk
9.0
Expert directory
ConnectWise Manage
7.3
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.0
Subscription-based notifications
ConnectWise Manage
6.6
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.0
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ConnectWise Manage
6.2
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.0
Ticket creation and submission
ConnectWise Manage
7.9
SolarWinds Service Desk
Ticket response
ConnectWise Manage
8.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
Service restoration
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.6
Self-service tools
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.6
ITSM reports and dashboards
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.5

Self Help Community

ConnectWise Manage
6.3
SolarWinds Service Desk
External knowledge base
ConnectWise Manage
6.6
SolarWinds Service Desk
Internal knowledge base
ConnectWise Manage
6.0
SolarWinds Service Desk

Multi-Channel Help

ConnectWise Manage
5.8
SolarWinds Service Desk
Customer portal
ConnectWise Manage
6.9
SolarWinds Service Desk
IVR
ConnectWise Manage
4.2
SolarWinds Service Desk
Social integration
ConnectWise Manage
4.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
Email support
ConnectWise Manage
6.5
SolarWinds Service Desk
Help Desk CRM integration
ConnectWise Manage
7.5
SolarWinds Service Desk

ITSM asset management

ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.9
Configuration mangement
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.0
Asset management dashboard
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.9
Policy and contract enforcement
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
6.8

Change management

ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.8
Change requests repository
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.4
Change calendar
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.3
Service-level management
ConnectWise Manage
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.7

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

SolarWinds Service Desk

  • Helpdesk Incident ticketing - Solarwinds does an excellent job of incident tracking and enables you to fold those incidents into Problems and then use effective change management when called for. It provides a full ITIL management package.
  • Inventory Tracking and Management - It has a really nice, complete package for Hardware and Software management. The agent is pretty light and data is encrypted.
  • Change Management and Approval Workflows - There's a really nice module here. Allows you to attach an Incident ticket or multiple incidents as a Problem. Lets you manage changes to systems, services, etc. and get approvals from the appropriate stakeholders while providing an audit trail for everything.
Steve Taylor | 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

  • Development timelines are not clearly communicated. It's hard to know if/when a request will be implemented.
  • Awaiting input tickets with responses from users don't automatically go back to in progress.
  • Not as much fine-grained configurability of options as you'll see in the larger enterprise systems. If it fits your needs, it's great, but if it doesn't, it can be a bit inflexible. It's important to trial it out first and have a list of your non-negotiables before you buy.
Ryan Lemaster | 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.2
Based on 4 answers
We strongly wish to renew and continue to use Solarwinds Service Desk. We've spent almost a year learning the ins and outs of the system and have gotten used to it. The only thing that may keep us from renewing would be executives. If they decide they want a new system (for whatever reason), we will likely explore other options.
Treyce Miller | 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.0
Based on 6 answers
It is very easy to create tickets and assign them to one of my employees to take care of. Some recent changes have been made to the interface when creating new tickets and it is now less intuitive on where you add tags for the ticket. I wish that previously used tags became an option to select or got automatically added as sub categories to my created categories. Overall though it is very easy to use and I am thankful we have it.
Connie Inman | 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 7.3
Based on 7 answers
For the most part the availability is fine. However, every now and then we have an issue where the system is very slow to respond. It can go from 2-5 seconds to load a page to 15-20 seconds to load a page. That doesn't seem like much. But, when you spend most of your day in the system, those extra seconds add up.
Treyce Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 7.9
Based on 4 answers
We don't integrate Solarwinds with any other software or system so I can't comment on that, but the few times there has been an outage for SolarWinds/Samanage the notification has come quickly that there is an outage and they're working on it. Overall though everything loads quickly and it is very reliable
Connie Inman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 7.9
Based on 84 answers
Solarwinds offers a chat feature on the website and usually someone is there answering my concern within 5-15 mins at the longest. I have done the email support as well and I always receive a response, same business day. Support staff have always been very knowledgeable and have resolved my issue/concern first contact.
Allan Eisenhauer | 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 8.2
Based on 2 answers
When we first purchased Samanage (now Solarwinds) they provided us with an informational training session to show us all of the basics on how the service works and showed us everything we were interested in using. There are still some areas of Solarwinds that we do not yet utilize but I know if we choose to use them in the future we would be able to schedule another session with our representative to have them show us what we need to know.
Connie Inman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 7.9
Based on 3 answers
The implementation process for our organization was fairly simple. We set up an email address to receive the emails from the system (for incident creation), and we allowed the system to spoof our IT email to respond to requests. Solarwinds helped us with the rest of the implementation, and it took less than a week to get the system fully operational.
Treyce Miller | 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

Above all, the Samanage Sales rep provided me with everything I need, which in comparison to the others made a huge difference at the end. ServiceNow is too expensive, and the sales rep quickly put me out of their target. JIRA Service Desk didn't provide clear information about their product and I felt they didn't give me enough attention in my evaluation process.
Sebastian Pereira | 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

SolarWinds Service Desk 7.7
Based on 3 answers
The amount of customization that can be done in this software allows for almost unlimited scalability. I do not know specifically how to do it, but support did tell us that we could create rules and functions for particular users allowing for separation of departments within the Solarwinds Service Desk software.
Treyce Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Service Desk

  • Allows us to track costs of our incidents, changes, and services.
  • We can easily analyze performance and efficiency of our resources.
  • Allows for reporting of costs of subscription services and purchase orders, which can be attached to each incident, request, or inventory item.
Matthaniel Cowell | 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

SolarWinds Service Desk

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Manage
7.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Manage
10.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.2

Usability

ConnectWise Manage
8.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.0

Reliability and Availability

ConnectWise Manage
9.1
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.3

Performance

ConnectWise Manage
8.1
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.9

Support Rating

ConnectWise Manage
2.8
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.9

Online Training

ConnectWise Manage
6.2
SolarWinds Service Desk
8.2

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Manage
1.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.9

Scalability

ConnectWise Manage
8.0
SolarWinds Service Desk
7.7

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