Likelihood to Recommend
- Heavy volumes of tickets/ support workload - Audit trail of all dispute resolutions and customer history - Can be easily configured as per business requirements - Integration agnostic with 3rd party systems like CTI, ERP, other external systems Service CLoud can help increase your CSAT / NPS score by giving customers a better support experience and helping increase the efficiency of your service organization. It is priced more than some good competitors in the market but is more scalable and configurable compared to other solutions
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It is well suited for medium to large companies that manage different teams and need to communicate constantly and track progress in a timely manner. It is less suited for small enterprises as it will overwhelm users with the features and functionalities embedded.
Read full review Pros Super fast set-up of the service from design through to production. Robust method of release management from sandbox, to test, to production. User access controls can be fine grain, which is great for GDPR requirements, limiting access to only necessary data. Simple api integrations with other third party systems Broad range of features and functionality Einstein search features provides faster information mining for our agents as they help to resolve customer requests. Read full review Allows for clear communication between help desk and end users. Provides a clean inventory option for both hardware items and software licenses. Navigation is very intuitive and user friendly. Many reporting features for all levels of the company. Read full review Cons Incredibly complex to set up and configure. Multiple points of potential failure. Things Desk.com did out-of-the-box require customized code and components in Service Cloud. Front-facing community is extremely difficult to configure and comes with many limitations. No help is provided by Salesforce without expensive Premiere Support plans. Expensive! Hidden costs and development costs are going to make Service Cloud far more expensive than almost any other Help Desk provider out there. Read full review Adding in additional chat features would be nice Viewing where you stand in priority Having a way to automate more of the processes Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Professional edition works best for a small company with lower call volumes and is very useful but as you grow exponetially I think it has limited ability to do all the things we want to - SLA management, defect, release management to name a few. Reports and dashboards being available in real time.
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I had Salesforce experience prior to using Service Cloud which made it a little easier to learn and navigate, but overall my team (some who had no Salesforce experience) caught on very quickly and found Service Cloud to be easy to use.
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Bottom line is that it does what you need it to do. We've been using Service Now as a ticket managing tool for a few years now. There's really not much it can't do when it comes to recording interactions. It has been nice using inventory tracking for software licenses and hardware as well.
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Salesforce has a more than 99% uptime rate and Salesforce Service Cloud is no exception. I have never had any issues experiencing outages or service degradation when it comes to using the Service Cloud product (that I can remember). Always reliable and easy to use, I would recommend this product as your go-to for helpdesk, service desk, incident management, call center, and other business process needs.
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There are issues with page load performance and database performance for sure, but we are a very complex setup with a lot of automation and processing for 2000+ users so this is not surprising. We are also global, so the issue with distance from the regional servers is a problem.
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It depends on what support package you buy from Salesforce. That can be good or bad. It's highly flexible to your needs pricing wise. If you have devs on staff then don't buy support. If you don't, then sfdc offers support for a cost.
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Support has been very good. Any time there has been a real issue, the team has responded very quickly and identified the issue without a lot of repetitive questions that I've seen from other services. There is a great external community and internal knowledge base that covers pretty much anything you need.
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I have used Microsoft Dynamics in the past and I feel that Salesforce compares positively to it. While both software offers cloud based service and a mobile app, Microsoft Dynamics doesn't support integration with Gmail. One of the reasons we like Salesforce so much is that it can integrate with your email.
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Connectwise targets small to medium enterprises and kept things simple for cross-organizational communications. On the other hand, ServiceNow with users with more than 500 at least, tends to create lag and tension when all are using the app at the same time, especially getting reports in a timely manner.
Read full review Return on Investment Probably negative due to the cost of Salesforce. We haven't seen a return on the sales side yet to really justify the costs. On the positive side, it's nice to manage opportunities from cases and cases from opportunities. Our data has never been more organized and in better shape, though it's a constant battle! Read full review The negative impact for my team is the delay in team completing tickets but not a system issue. A positive impact for my team is we can easily view the status of tickets and the follow-up emails are beneficial to maintain records of tickets. Negative impact is that there is no user job aid or helpful tools for new users. Read full review ScreenShots Salesforce Service Cloud Screenshots