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Likelihood to Recommend

Autotask PSA

Autotask is much more well suited to a busy company. It's a little bit price-prohibitive if you only have a couple of employees or not many clients. This solution works for us, having 10 employees and about 200 clients. Any less than that, the pricing wouldn't be worthwhile.Autotask fits very well with us. It's easy to keep on task. Any tickets that are getting old will shoot out alerts and scheduled tasks for our techs to finish up work on it. It's also very easy to run reports for clients on the services that they've used through us. We love Autotask.
Dan Gospe | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Control Desk

IBM Control Desk is very well suited for those looking for a proper monitoring tool for your IT assets, including both hardware management and software support. It is also a great communication tool between your IT support team and the end user of the service you're providing. But don't get it confused with IBM Maximo, Control Desk isn't suited for a general enterprise assets management, that's not the purporse of this tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Autotask PSA
7.6
IBM Control Desk
8.0
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Autotask PSA
9.2
IBM Control Desk
9.0
Expert directory
Autotask PSA
7.6
IBM Control Desk
8.0
Service restoration
Autotask PSA
5.7
IBM Control Desk
6.0
Self-service tools
Autotask PSA
7.3
IBM Control Desk
9.0
Subscription-based notifications
Autotask PSA
7.9
IBM Control Desk
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Autotask PSA
7.8
IBM Control Desk
7.0
ITSM reports and dashboards
Autotask PSA
8.0
IBM Control Desk
9.0

ITSM asset management

Autotask PSA
7.8
IBM Control Desk
7.0
Configuration mangement
Autotask PSA
7.8
IBM Control Desk
8.0
Asset management dashboard
Autotask PSA
8.0
IBM Control Desk
9.0
Policy and contract enforcement
Autotask PSA
7.6
IBM Control Desk
4.0

Change management

Autotask PSA
7.9
IBM Control Desk
7.0
Change requests repository
Autotask PSA
8.1
IBM Control Desk
6.0
Change calendar
Autotask PSA
7.6
IBM Control Desk
Service-level management
Autotask PSA
8.2
IBM Control Desk
8.0

Pros

Autotask PSA

  • The graphical calculations on time spent on requests, how long they were open for, who worked on a ticket last.
  • Grouping by priority so you can determine easier what needs to be addressed sooner rather then later. This also helps if Account Management has conversations a technician is not aware of so they can prioritize efficiently.
  • The email updates that are sent out to the technicians so they are aware of upcoming or stale tickets.
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Control Desk

  • Highly configurable. IBM Control Desk is a flexible tool and able to adapt itself to multiple scenarios once it's properly configured.
  • Data gathering for monitoring. Control Desk is able to efficiently monitor the actual state of your issues and changes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Autotask PSA

  • To date, the maim area of improvement is the ability to allow for retrieving a ticket that may have inadvertently been deleted. At present there is no way to do this which at times can be frustrating.
  • The search function does leave something to be desired as it does require some specific wording to find what you're looking for.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Control Desk

  • The lack of support and documentation from IBM has shown itself a real problem for those without an extended knowledge in the subject, mostly during the implementation.
  • Integration with other tools is quite lacking, although the APIs are able to compensate to some degree.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Autotask PSA

Autotask PSA 9.0
Based on 1 answer
After using multiple products on the market, Autotask was intuitive and easy to manage.
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Control Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Autotask PSA

Autotask PSA 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The work flow is much better then other competitors
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Control Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Autotask PSA

Autotask PSA 8.7
Based on 4 answers
They are fairly quick at returning a response to a problem and have been able to fix all issues for the most part.
Ashley Beal | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Control Desk

IBM Control Desk 5.0
Based on 1 answer
The lack of support from IBM is a concern that should be addressed and something to keep in mind for those thinking about acquiring IBM Control Desk. This problem can be solved by hiring an experienced consulting company that helps you implement, customize and adapt the solution to your specific needs instead of acquiring it directly from IBM.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Autotask PSA

Datto Autotask PSA is probably the best all-in-one platform for MSPs. It's targeted and designed specifically for MSPs, whilst most service desk software/PSA is often just general service desk software.
Ben Nichols | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Control Desk

I haven't evaluated any other solution on the market due to the fact that by the time I started interacting with IBM Control Desk, it was the first solution of such kind implemented in our company. Our core business being the implementation of IBM Maximo played a great role in this decision.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Autotask PSA

  • We can effectively contract profitability. After running a few quick reports we realized we were charging about 1/2 what we should have been for fixed rate projects.
  • We track resource utilization to see where our technicians are productive and what is eating their valuable time.
  • I feel that Autotask is the single biggest impact on overall business ROI. We track profitability of everything from hardware to services to contracts with it. It allows us to make intelligent business decisions based on numbers.
Garry Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Control Desk

  • Due to our company being highly focused on IBM Maximo implementation and support, IBM Control Desk is a necessary tool for tracking and support of said Maximo implementations.
  • By implementing IBM Control Desk as the main resource for support, the investment made has been very satisfactory and has brought us an increase in response time and management of tickets.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Autotask PSA

General

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

IBM Control Desk

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Autotask PSA
8.3
IBM Control Desk
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Autotask PSA
9.0
IBM Control Desk

Usability

Autotask PSA
9.0
IBM Control Desk

Support Rating

Autotask PSA
8.7
IBM Control Desk
5.0

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