N-able MSP Manager vs. ServiceNow IT Service Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
N-able MSP Manager
Score 8.6 out of 10
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N-able™ MSP Manager (formerly Solarwinds MSP Manager) is a cloud-based help desk and billing software for IT service providers, which includes a ticketing system, customer portal, technician mobile apps, billing tools, and reporting dashboards. MSP Manager offers a lightweight ticketing system with a quick entry feature that allows users to capture essential information such as customer name, service items, and issue details from any screen. Tickets can also be…N/A
ServiceNow IT Service Management
Score 8.4 out of 10
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ServiceNow is a fast-growing service management provider that went public in 2012. Built on the ServiceNow Now Platform, the IT Service Management bundle provides an agent workspace with knowledge management, and modules supporting issue tracking and problem resolution, change, release and configuration management, and (on the higher tier ITSM Professional plan) ITAM and software asset management.
$10,000
per year
Pricing
N-able MSP ManagerServiceNow IT Service Management
Editions & Modules
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Starting Price
$10,000.00
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
N-able MSP ManagerServiceNow IT Service Management
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
N-able MSP ManagerServiceNow IT Service Management
Considered Both Products
N-able MSP Manager
Chose N-able MSP Manager
I want to be clear. I did not choose MSP Manager, it was thrown at me, purchased by someone who did not understand how bad this tool was. I have used other ticket systems, Remedy, Spiceworks, and ServiceNow. Those all work, and do a lot of things this can't. We have to …
ServiceNow IT Service Management

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
N-able MSP ManagerServiceNow IT Service Management
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
N-able MSP Manager
5.3
4 Ratings
42% below category average
ServiceNow IT Service Management
8.3
67 Ratings
2% above category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets4.54 Ratings8.866 Ratings
Expert directory3.54 Ratings7.650 Ratings
Service restoration3.92 Ratings7.655 Ratings
Self-service tools3.54 Ratings9.064 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications7.33 Ratings7.662 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation7.33 Ratings8.359 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards7.33 Ratings8.861 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
N-able MSP Manager
6.7
3 Ratings
20% below category average
ServiceNow IT Service Management
8.5
60 Ratings
4% above category average
Configuration mangement6.33 Ratings8.259 Ratings
Asset management dashboard7.23 Ratings8.658 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement00 Ratings8.752 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
N-able MSP Manager
2.8
4 Ratings
100% below category average
ServiceNow IT Service Management
8.0
61 Ratings
4% below category average
Change calendar1.01 Ratings7.455 Ratings
Service-level management4.54 Ratings9.157 Ratings
Change requests repository00 Ratings7.661 Ratings
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User Ratings
N-able MSP ManagerServiceNow IT Service Management
Likelihood to Recommend
4.0
(4 ratings)
8.3
(78 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(13 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(11 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
3.9
(2 ratings)
7.4
(22 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
N-able MSP ManagerServiceNow IT Service Management
Likelihood to Recommend
N-able
It's a good company to grow with because as needs change there are more features available.
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ServiceNow
In our organization, we are using ServiceNow extensively. Change Management, Incident Management, Problem Management, Time tracking are few modules which we use extensively. This sort of model will work for any product or service based companies as the product is built on ITIL framework. So this product will be suited for small or large scale companies to better organize and add controls and track SLA's for technology or business process.
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Pros
N-able
  • Web Based
  • Automated Ticket creation
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ServiceNow
  • When I have a number of requests to make, for example a request to add a dozen or so user accounts to more than one group account in Active Directory , I can put all the needed information into the initial form, add it to my "shopping cart" and all of that information remains on the screen for the next item for which I only need to edit a few items (like the AD group name in this example), and keep adding them to the shopping cart until I have them all. When I "Check Out" each of those items is generated as a separate task under the one request. It simplifies and expedites the creation and tracking of these kinds of requests.
  • I can easily and quickly see what tickets are currently assigned to me in order to prioritize them and remain aware of my workload.
  • Numerous fields for CIs can be used when trying to find the entry for a particular item. For example, IP Address, server name, raw text, classification, and so on.
  • To help with making sense out of related tasks, when a task is assigned to me and I need to open another task for a different team to work in order to complete my task, I can open a sub-task from my ticket so that the relationship between the two can be pulled up later into reports. For example, I may have a task to build a new vm, and need to open tasks for networking, security accounts, software installation and so on. By opening sub-tasks from my assignment, the time spent by all parties concerned is tied together for more meaningful cost accounting.
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Cons
N-able
  • It is just simply too slow! The web interface requires patience, even when moving between tabs or menu choices. This is by far the biggest detracting element of MSP Manager.
  • Input customization -- I would like the settings pages to allow me to customize some input screens, especially the Ticket Entry window. The "Quick Ticket" entry is missing a few key items I want in a trouble ticket, and the full ticket entry window has numerous fields I never use or are always the same, and so it just takes more time and effort than is necessary.
  • Both the asset tracking and the knowledge base should be more robust and integrally tied into the RMM console, so that licenses, serial numbers, procedures, network data are quick and simple to access from either interface.
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ServiceNow
  • It is hard to find areas for improvement, the tool is very powerful. That said, building the CMDB still involves some manual interaction which was not how it was presented in demos.
  • The CMDB data is almost too deep and detailed. When you build the relationship map it can be so large that it is overwhelming. You can limit this, but the default maps are massive if you are discovering lots of device classes.
  • The product is expensive. Since they are the leader in the industry and the product has tons of features, they definitely charge for it!
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Likelihood to Renew
N-able
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ServiceNow
To be completely honest setting up a new ticketing system can be a pain in the ass. Once you have it setup and customized the way you want it, you don't want to switch unless you're unhappy with the product. Unless future releases and updates really muck the system up, I wouldn't change.
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Usability
N-able
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ServiceNow
The dashboard is so confusing, [there are] many clicks to open a task and search by a ticket. The Enterprise customisation [we did] has finished to kill the software and creates a really bad experience on a daily basis. [It is] So slow, and so many clicks to process a ticket. Works only on IE so, that [should] make you realize that [it] is a bad idea.
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Reliability and Availability
N-able
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ServiceNow
We have never had any issues with ServiceNow's availability that I am aware of in the two years I have been using it.
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Performance
N-able
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ServiceNow
For a massive system, page loads are reasonably quick, including searches.
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Support Rating
N-able
They're good at resolving issues when they arise.
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ServiceNow
I would give it this rating because we have had no major issues with the support for ServiceNow after we implemented it at our organization. They seem to respond promptly and efficiently if we ever do need to open a support case with them about an issue we are having.
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Online Training
N-able
No answers on this topic
ServiceNow
To type in what should be a text box, you have to click an empty cell, a tiny text box pop up opens with a check box and an X. You the. Type in the text box and have to click the check mark. If you have a bunch of fields to fill out, doing this is very annoying. Absolutely know thought went in to this. I'm sure somebody in marketing thought it was a good idea. It wasn't.
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Implementation Rating
N-able
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ServiceNow
Without exception, every client I have worked with has been very happy with their resulting product. While this is partly due to my work, I must point out that the platform is the winning decision, not the implementer.
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Alternatives Considered
N-able
MSP Manager is a fully serviced paid option. Spiceworks is a free helpdesk. They both are very useful, but a company can just outgrow Spiceworks.
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ServiceNow
We used to use Jira to handle service tickets but it's way too robust for something this straightforward. Due to the nature of Jira, you needed to already have a lot of documentation and knowledge about who should be assigned the ticket, so the lift of creating a ticket was time consuming.
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Scalability
N-able
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ServiceNow
ServiceNow works as an enterprise solution.
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Return on Investment
N-able
  • We have had to spend time and resources to create our own reports, as MSP Manager does not have them.
  • Searching for a ticket requires scrolling, wasting time
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ServiceNow
  • Overall ServiceNow has a positive impact on getting the SLA of tickets down in supporting our customers.
  • One negative impact has been the amount of time to get the product to produce an ROI, it's almost too big to fail and too big to replace. You almost become committed to the product. Good or bad.
  • Another negative impact would be if you track metrics of employees and time tracking, there is a lot of scenarios where engineers will track time on tickets but not get credit for closing them as the assignee function of tickets can only be tied to one user and credits only the engineer who closes the ticket.
  • Another positive impact would be the level of security for permissions and scaling the workloads is robust and you will get out of the system what your team is willing to put in.
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