Jira Service Management vs. Zendesk Suite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Jira Service Management
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Jira Service Management (formerly Jira Service Desk, now including features from the former Mindville Insight, acquired by Atlassian in June 2020) is a service desk software that is purpose-built for IT, service, and support teams. The software provides everything IT and support teams need out-of-the-box for service request, incident, problem and change management. Jira Service Management integrates seamlessly with Jira Software so that IT and development teams can work better together. Users…
$0
per month
Zendesk Suite
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
The Zendesk Support suite is a cloud-based customer support software built for better customer relationships. Designed to improve customer satisfaction and to support customers on any channel: text SMS, web, mobile app, phone, email, social media. The vendor states more than 200,000 companies such as Uber, Groupon, Box, Airbnb, and Slack are using Zendesk to lower their support costs, raise productivity, and increase customer satisfaction. Zendesk offers a full suite of products to meet customer…
$55
per month agent
Pricing
Jira Service ManagementZendesk Suite
Editions & Modules
Free
$0
per month
Standard
$20
per agent/per month
Premium
$40
per agent/per month
Enterprise
Contact sales team
Support Team (Foundational Support Only)
$19
per month agent
Suite Team
$55
per month agent
Support Professional
$55
per month agent
Suite Growth
$89
per month agent
Suite Professional
$115
per month agent
Support Enterprise
$115
per month agent
Suite Enterprise
$169
per month agent
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Jira Service ManagementZendesk Suite
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Jira Service ManagementZendesk Suite
Considered Both Products
Jira Service Management
Chose Jira Service Management
We selected Jira Service Desk because we were already Jira users, and the price point was easy to absorb. Our experience as Jira administrators made it easy to customize Jira Service Desk to our needs.
Chose Jira Service Management
Unlike the 2 other alternatives, Jira is more complete. It is a bit harder to use, but because it has more customized and better functionalities. While other software can be used for almost everything, Jira works best for tech companies that need to work on agile methodologies …
Chose Jira Service Management
We are now in the process of moving from Jira to Zendesk, however, I would assume that we would still be using Jira for the time being. Zendesk is a bit easier to understand and manage for the non-technical people, but Jira gave us the basics that we needed to have in order to …
Chose Jira Service Management
Zendesk is a similar ticketing system that our organization used before JIRA Service Desk. The main drawback of Zendesk was that it can only be used as a cloud service. This means that our company data would be living on the internet at the hands of their security team. Another …
Chose Jira Service Management
We did select Jira initially because of its simplicity and ease of setup but it turned out to be a lot more complex to get up and running!

We had a large KEBD, and we wanted to take its advantage to the fullest, so we went ahead and had this setup, but later replaced it with …
Chose Jira Service Management
Sure there are other great service management products in the market. Since we use JIRA and Confluence heavily, Service Desk fits perfectly in the suite. As a brief example, after the customer creates a case, we can create an associated issue at JIRA for development team, after …
Chose Jira Service Management
We have looked into other software and still use the others like Zendesk and Wrike in other departments but Jira Service desk made the most sense due to our Product development teams using Jira Software already. It was easy to keep it all under one umbrella giving us the ease …
Zendesk Suite
Chose Zendesk Suite
Zendesk support is your one-stop shop for managing customers via the customer support portal that has a slew of products available for use via several channels, depending on your particular need may it be email messaging, chat messaging, or voice, and it is quite superior …
Chose Zendesk Suite
In comparison of tracking tickets, I found Jira to be more confusing than Zendesk. I have not used Jira in many years and I know that others in our organization use Jira in addition to Zendesk. Of all the support platforms, I think Zendesk is the best and most used, which is …
Chose Zendesk Suite
Zendesk is a customer support tool that offers the best features, is intuitive, dynamic and easy to use. Allows the use of macros to optimize messages to customers. This platform makes it possible to optimize and organize the services we offer to our customers, which are …
Chose Zendesk Suite
Zendesk is far superior because it can cater to any size company. Also, regardless of which package you purchase, you get to set up a multi-channel and extensive self-service support, which was very beneficial for us. Finally, the self-service portal hosts a rich knowledge base …
Chose Zendesk Suite
Zendesk is currently on par with both of these services in that they are great ticketing software programs but are light in Contact/Sales management. The autoresponder with Zendesk is much easier to implement and customize compared to the other options. The option of the mobile …
Chose Zendesk Suite
We used Kayako and it was pretty basic in terms of workflows and ticket management. It wasn't multichannel and it didn't have a mobile app. Ticket categorization wasn't as robust and effective, but it was easy to learn. JIRA is as robust as Zendesk, but it is also not easy to …
Chose Zendesk Suite
Salesforce is a more robust tool with back-end SQL reporting functionality and numerous plugins, but with this comes cost. Most startup organizations do not want the expense, at least not at the beginning of the product life cycle.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Jira Service ManagementZendesk Suite
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
Jira Service Management
8.2
75 Ratings
0% above category average
Zendesk Suite
8.1
109 Ratings
1% above category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets8.374 Ratings8.4108 Ratings
Expert directory9.02 Ratings7.268 Ratings
Service restoration9.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service tools7.268 Ratings00 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications10.01 Ratings7.374 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation7.761 Ratings7.870 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards5.862 Ratings00 Ratings
Ticket creation and submission00 Ratings9.0109 Ratings
Ticket response00 Ratings8.8108 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
Jira Service Management
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
Zendesk Suite
-
Ratings
Configuration mangement10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset management dashboard10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
Jira Service Management
7.3
69 Ratings
14% below category average
Zendesk Suite
-
Ratings
Change requests repository7.363 Ratings00 Ratings
Change calendar6.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Service-level management8.267 Ratings00 Ratings
Self Help Community
Comparison of Self Help Community features of Product A and Product B
Jira Service Management
-
Ratings
Zendesk Suite
7.9
97 Ratings
0% below category average
External knowledge base00 Ratings7.793 Ratings
Internal knowledge base00 Ratings8.088 Ratings
Multi-Channel Help
Comparison of Multi-Channel Help features of Product A and Product B
Jira Service Management
-
Ratings
Zendesk Suite
7.8
107 Ratings
1% below category average
Customer portal00 Ratings7.384 Ratings
IVR00 Ratings7.735 Ratings
Social integration00 Ratings7.266 Ratings
Email support00 Ratings8.4105 Ratings
Help Desk CRM integration00 Ratings8.579 Ratings
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Jira Service ManagementZendesk Suite
Small Businesses
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Jira Service ManagementZendesk Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
5.9
(76 ratings)
8.3
(147 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(40 ratings)
Usability
9.6
(2 ratings)
7.0
(20 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(13 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(25 ratings)
9.0
(29 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(9 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(18 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Jira Service ManagementZendesk Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
Atlassian
Great to manage your issues in a clear and centralised way. If your development teams work with Jira, it will all naturally come together. Great way to manage the issues from end to end. - Very flexible if you have people who understands the set up and is able to configure it for your needs - Maybe not the best if you want something with very easy set up
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Zendesk
The ability to Merge tickets is a good to have feature. Navigation is easy from one ticket to another ticket without having to go back to the list. Admin options should be more clear, internal menu navigation is complex and creates more confusion while arranging the sections and articles. Channel Management is good but Forum management can be brought in with more flexibility. More Apps integration or flexibility in APIs so that a newbie can also integrate the application into the software. A redundant software that brings in 360-degree communication of support/service concepts into practicality however if the option to compile texting with platforms like ringcentral, Twilio or Dialpad will be an awesome thing to share ticket updates with custom templates.
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Pros
Atlassian
  • Manageable workflow to ensure all users follow the same process.
  • Can ban boards for easy visual of ticket status.
  • Very flexible tool that can adapt to lots of different uses outside of the traditional service desk model.
  • Added communication tools help you get out of e-mail jail.
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Zendesk
  • Reporting and Analytics
  • Ease of Agent Training and Use
  • Able to add multiple brands with related custom reports and dashboards
  • Adding a new brand and basic help center is easy to do without the need of an expert or web team
  • Ability of agents and supervisors to see customer history across multiple channels
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Cons
Atlassian
  • Ability to control the number of email notifications received (Note: this is a new feature in the Latest release but I personally haven not extensively looked at it and how well it solves the existing problem).
  • No way to reply to multiple tickets at once, say you got 4 tickets in for the same issue, there is no way you can reply to them in one stroke. Other Ticketing systems do have this ability.
  • Using a large number of add-ons to customize and add additional features adds up quickly and can become rather expensive.
  • Request forms are very basic and there is no native dynamic field ability available.
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Zendesk
  • I think the Graphical User Interface could use a facelift. It not the most aesthetically pleasing platform in my experience.
  • Particular things like where the default is when you click on each and every dropdown menu.
  • The macro integration could be a little more simplified.
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Likelihood to Renew
Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Zendesk
Zendesk is super easy to use and navigate. I really enjoy the sleek layout, the ability to tailor tickets, the macro option, and the quick key guide they have to make your use of time even more effective. My whole team loves working with Zendesk and rarely ever has problems.
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Usability
Atlassian
I gave JIRA a score of 9 since I am happy with the service it offers. I can easily see the SLA since it gives me visibility. I can pull up the reports I need. I can reach out to our clients using the PR ticket so it is hassle-free for me.
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Zendesk
As an agent it's very simple to use. As an admin it's also easy to use, but sometimes lacks some functionality that would be nice to have such as expanded native 2 way sync functionality for many major apps that are commonly used today like HubSpot and Salesforce. The ability to add followers to tickets to they get updates and are in the know without the customer seeing this agent cc'd is a nice touch. This ensures additional visibility and easily following the communication without having to appear as a CC to the customer, who could accidentally remove that person in a response, thus breaking the visibility
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Reliability and Availability
Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Zendesk
In the past year, I'd say I have only noticed maybe two hours total of downtime in my own usage. Very minimal.
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Performance
Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Zendesk
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 Rating
Atlassian
I have not used the technical support from Atlassian. In terms of online help and resources, they are a bit limited thus making it more of a challenge to troubleshoot issues and learn more functionality. There aren't a lot of resources available on the Atlassian site besides developer documents. It would be nice to have a blog or forum where users can get the help they need.
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Zendesk
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
Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Zendesk
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 Rating
Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Zendesk
I was very satisfied. They have a free trial for 30 days and I recommend you do that and use it. It is very easy to get started with the basics and the build on over time.

The only thing technically complex was single sign-on and integration to Salesforce.com required some tweaks – otherwise setting up system was very easy
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Alternatives Considered
Atlassian
When I evaluated Spiceworks, it was not going to be replacing any ticketing systems. However, I did evaluate it and was not extremely impressed by the short demo I did. JIRA was selected because a branch of our company was already using it, so it made sense to consolidate into one service desk solution, and JIRA was the better option since it was less expensive and geared towards being a ticketing system.
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Zendesk
Although a bit pricey, it does the job well. We are happy with the results it provides; our team is also quite satisfied on how easy it is to use, login and start working. Compared to the other two we have tried, Zendesk takes the cake. It makes Customer Management much easier, more efficient, and more effective.
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Return on Investment
Atlassian
  • JIRA has been incredibly useful. Our work is more organized and easier to view by the team members as well as upper-level people.
  • Our work is correctly assigned and when there are issues, they can be immediately addressed within the tool.
  • Users can attach screenshots or files of issues that help clarify the ticket. Developers can attach relevant data as well.
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Zendesk
  • The positives weigh more than the negatives here, as it gives us a one-stop portal where we can tend to customer needs using one web app
  • It has also helped us identify areas of improvement based on the reporting feature
  • The value it provides outweighs any missing or lacking features that I'm sure will be available in the future
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ScreenShots

Jira Service Management Screenshots

Screenshot of Drive IT best practices with ITIL-ready templates. Get everything your IT teams need out of the box for service request, incident, problem, and change management.Screenshot of Get an ITIL certified service desk. Everything your IT teams need out-of-the-box for service request, incident, problem, and change management. Jira Service Desk is PinkVERIFY™ certified.Screenshot of Deliver a better service experience. Customers or employees can submit requests with an easy-to-use help center and add Confluence to Jira Service Desk to get an integrated knowledge base. Machine learning intelligently recommends the right service and learns from every interaction, so answers are easy to find.Screenshot of Stay in the loop with developers. y linking Jira Service Desk with Jira Software, IT and developer teams can collaborate on one platform to fix incidents faster and push changes with confidence.Screenshot of Deliver on SLA's. Nail your Service Level Agreements, every time. Your agents get a simple queue so they get the important things done first. Configure and get going in minutes.Screenshot of Automate those repetitive tasks. Is your team stuck in gear with repetitive tasks or missing priority requests? Setup automations so your agents can focus on solving the important stuff and help lighten the workload.

Zendesk Suite Screenshots

Screenshot of Zendesk Agent WorkspaceScreenshot of Omnichannel MessagingScreenshot of Zendesk TicketingScreenshot of Bots powered by Zendesk AIScreenshot of Tone shift with Zendesk AIScreenshot of Zendesk ticketing side conversations