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Jira Service Desk

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Score 8.1 out of 101

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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Jira Service Desk

It could work well as a service desk ticketing system. It is great at building out and managing a specific workflow. Using the workflow Jira can be used to manage any number of development type projects. This allows you to be strict on the steps being followed in development while turning over the management of that process to the developers. That allows for fewer hands-on project management and allows for more of an Agile approach where you focus on impediments and removing roadblocks. It's also a great tool for managers to be able to see everything that is going on without reading through hundreds of emails. Additionally, managers can quickly dive into issues and see the full history of what has gone on with a particular ticket.
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Zendesk

Zendesk is a really good ticketing platform, but if one of your primary goals with a support solution is to better understand and connect with our customers, Zendesk may not be the best solution. The difficulty with getting historical context about the tickets that are submitted, and the lack of a customer profile to really provide real-time insight into how customers feel about their support experience or just overall sentiment about the organization, are a few of the reasons you may want to consider a more robust solution.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Jira Service Desk
8.8
Zendesk
8.6
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Jira Service Desk
9.0
Zendesk
9.0
Expert directory
Jira Service Desk
9.0
Zendesk
7.9
Service restoration
Jira Service Desk
9.5
Zendesk
Self-service tools
Jira Service Desk
8.2
Zendesk
Subscription-based notifications
Jira Service Desk
10.0
Zendesk
8.3
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Jira Service Desk
7.9
Zendesk
8.2
ITSM reports and dashboards
Jira Service Desk
8.1
Zendesk
Ticket creation and submission
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
9.3
Ticket response
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
9.1

ITSM asset management

Jira Service Desk
10.0
Zendesk
Configuration mangement
Jira Service Desk
10.0
Zendesk
Asset management dashboard
Jira Service Desk
10.0
Zendesk
Policy and contract enforcement
Jira Service Desk
10.0
Zendesk

Change management

Jira Service Desk
7.6
Zendesk
Change requests repository
Jira Service Desk
8.0
Zendesk
Change calendar
Jira Service Desk
6.5
Zendesk
Service-level management
Jira Service Desk
8.3
Zendesk

Self Help Community

Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
8.2
External knowledge base
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
8.3
Internal knowledge base
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
8.1

Multi-Channel Help

Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
8.5
Customer portal
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
8.5
IVR
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
8.1
Social integration
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
8.2
Email support
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
9.1
Help Desk CRM integration
Jira Service Desk
Zendesk
8.6

Pros

Jira Service Desk

  • Highly configurable Notification Scheme, allowing free customization on who receives notifications and when
  • Ability to add extra features through the highly diverse Atlassian Marketplace.
  • Simple and highly customizable ticket interface. The Software can be almost completely branded in every aspect to represent your organization.
  • Integration with Jira Software allows support tickets to be moved into other Log Term projects as necessary.
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Zendesk

  • Customisable ticketing engine - you can specify what fields should be filled on each ticket, if they are mandatory and customise what type of data needs to be entered. This ensures the right data is captured to assist resolve the query. It also means reports can be run from these fields.
  • Reporting and analytics - you can run reports based on the ticket data. This helps you understand what product features need to be improved or added, what new help content needs to be created, if particular macros need to be setup, efficiency of support team and more.
  • Integrations - Zendesk integrates with billing, CRM and other platforms so customer data is available in-app. This information assists the support team give the right information to the customer.
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Cons

Jira Service Desk

  • Some of the built-in functions and workflows are surprisingly limited given the fact that you can customize a lot with JQL. These limited areas do not allow you to use JQL. For instance, the built-in notifications are lacking. They have one that is great-- "notify on critical ticket creation"-- EXCEPT that it does not allow you to notify a group or anything, only individual users.
  • The ticket interface is a little odd for agents. Changing the status is not a simple drop down from unassigned to open to in progress to pending, etc. There are a couple of tabs ("investigate", "pending", "workflow") where you can change the status in different ways. Maybe I am just not used to this way of doing it, but I feel like it could be simplified.
  • It can get complicated deleting/changing some of the out-of-the-box fields and rules, because you never know what will break workflows or other automated/built-in features.
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Zendesk

  • They tend to move slowly to integrate new options to the API but overall are pretty responsive.. Understanding the API is a far less used part of their platform as a whole.
  • We were grandfathered into the unlimited light agents.. but I think that access has been limited as of today.
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Likelihood to Renew

Jira Service Desk

Jira Service Desk 9.8
Based on 2 answers
I give it this rating because one has to be a creator or a master of tool before he renews it.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 10.0
Based on 37 answers
It's the best day-to-day tool for customer care I have used in 16 years of working in the industry.Healthy happy teams get along well with the tool and I know that if I see it in use and being used well I can work with that team.
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Usability

Jira Service Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.5
Based on 14 answers
The usability is great, but I do have to be honest and say that I still have a little trouble with the user interface sometimes. I have poor ability to differentiate between similar colors and sometimes if I am not directly in front of my screen I have trouble with the text inputs
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Reliability and Availability

Jira Service Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.6
Based on 13 answers
In all the time I have used it, I have only experienced "down-time" with it once, and guess what. It was during a scheduled downtime that i forgot about which was posted at least a month in advance.
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Performance

Jira Service Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.0
Based on 10 answers
There has been minor performance degradation on a very few days out of the two years I have been using the product.
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Support

Jira Service Desk

Jira Service Desk 9.0
Based on 7 answers
When we have had issues and need assistance, we have received the help we needed. There have been a couple of times I felt the person I talked to knew less then myself which was a little frustrating since they should be the expert. But, in the end, issues were escalated when need and issues were resolved in a timely fashion. JIRA also has great online support to help with issues. Most of the time I find I can resolve an issue without even having to contact support.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 8.8
Based on 21 answers
Every time I contacted them they were not only very responsive and knowledgable, but always seemed to have a positive upbeat attitude. It probably helps that we did not have significant service outages or sev 1 level issues, but even my lower severity issues were quickly answered. And the positive and upbeat attitude really made things feel comfortable.
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Online Training

Jira Service Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 7.9
Based on 9 answers
Zendesk has tons of available material for training - videos, webinars, articles, etc. The only reason this is not a 10 is because it can be hard to figure out how to navigate to these things and find what you are looking for.
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Implementation

Jira Service Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 9.0
Based on 17 answers
If you're looking for a system that can tie all your channels together, allow you to report on just about any metric in regards to customer service, use chat, and build a knowledge base/FAQ all in one, Zendesk is it
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Alternatives Considered

Jira Service Desk

Before JIRA, I used Basecamp to track all projects. We did not have a "ticketing system", but Basecamp served to track any open issues that we needed to be worked on. This was not very effective as Basecamp is not made for this purpose. Switching over to JIRA has been a much better experience. Tickets are not lost, there is accountability across the team.
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Zendesk

We have used HelpSpot for several years prior to the transition to Zendesk. Our biggest gripe was the cost and limitations on what kind of communication channels could be integrated into HelpSpot. Zendesk allows us to have multiple communication channels even for the most basic users and to build on it. With a few changes to the overall system (like better social media support for attachments etc) and inbox enhancements, it can be great.
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Return on Investment

Jira Service Desk

  • We would not be very organized as a software company without using JIRA and it would in turn reflect negatively across the entire studio and the products that we release.
  • Almost everyone in our company uses JIRA in one way or another from developers to testers to marketing and every team in between.
  • The only time I have witnessed that JIRA has a negative effect on our objectives is if they suffer a major failure on their part and JIRA is not accessable or usable for a length of time. Thankfully in over 3 years of using JIRA this has only occurred a handful of times.
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Zendesk

  • Zendesk can help large and small companies improve their customer service capabilities. Customer service can drive repeat sales, deflect returns, and increase customer satisfaction in measurable ways.
  • Zendesk can be more expensive than alternatives, however it is a more complete product than many alternatives, so the additional features and integration should be weighed against lower cost.
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Pricing Details

Jira Service Desk

General

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

Jira Service Desk Editions & Modules

Edition
Small Teams$101
Growing teams$202
Large teamsDiscount3
  1. per agent for up to 3 agents
  2. per agent per month for 4-15 agents
  3. per agent for 16+ agents
Additional Pricing Details
View the pricing calculator for 16+ agents here: https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/service-desk/pricing/upcoming#pricing-calculator

Zendesk

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$5*

* per agent

Zendesk Editions & Modules

Edition
Support Essential$51
Zendesk Suite (Support, Guide, Chat, Talk)$891
Support Team$191
Support Professional$491
Support Enterprise$991
Support Elite$1991
Zendesk Duet (Support + Sell CRM - 40% off)$592
  1. per agent, per month
  2. per user, per month
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