ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus vs. ServiceNow IT Service Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
ServiceDesk Plus is free help desk software from ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corporation.
$10
Starting Price Per Month
ServiceNow IT Service Management
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
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
ManageEngine ServiceDesk PlusServiceNow IT Service Management
Editions & Modules
Standard
$10.00
Starting Price Per Month
Professional
$21.00
Starting Price Per Month
Enterprise
$50.00
Starting Price Per Month
Starting Price
$10,000.00
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ManageEngine ServiceDesk PlusServiceNow IT Service Management
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
ManageEngine ServiceDesk PlusServiceNow IT Service Management
Considered Both Products
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus

No answer on this topic

ServiceNow IT Service Management
Chose ServiceNow IT Service Management
Both Heat and ManageEngine were convoluted, too complex and very hard to use, especially from the end-user perspective, and also from the support team. ServiceNow, on the other hand, is very intuitive and more user-focused than the other products making the users feel welcome …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ManageEngine ServiceDesk PlusServiceNow IT Service Management
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus
8.9
19 Ratings
8% above category average
ServiceNow IT Service Management
8.2
67 Ratings
0% below category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets10.019 Ratings8.866 Ratings
Expert directory9.012 Ratings7.650 Ratings
Service restoration10.014 Ratings7.655 Ratings
Self-service tools8.017 Ratings9.064 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications9.013 Ratings7.662 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation7.015 Ratings8.359 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards9.017 Ratings8.861 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus
8.7
14 Ratings
5% above category average
ServiceNow IT Service Management
8.5
60 Ratings
3% above category average
Configuration mangement8.013 Ratings8.259 Ratings
Asset management dashboard9.013 Ratings8.658 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement9.09 Ratings8.752 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus
9.7
15 Ratings
14% above category average
ServiceNow IT Service Management
7.9
61 Ratings
6% below category average
Change requests repository9.014 Ratings7.461 Ratings
Change calendar10.010 Ratings7.255 Ratings
Service-level management10.013 Ratings9.157 Ratings
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User Ratings
ManageEngine ServiceDesk PlusServiceNow IT Service Management
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(19 ratings)
8.2
(78 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(13 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(3 ratings)
6.3
(11 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(3 ratings)
7.3
(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
ManageEngine ServiceDesk PlusServiceNow IT Service Management
Likelihood to Recommend
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
ServiceDesk Plus is very easy to configure at the start, and then adjust the categories and rules as the implementation is refined. Its greatest strength is the ability to program without requiring a full time administrator. There is very little jargon involved. Reporting not so much. The canned reports are useful but do not always cover some of the basics. Fortunately, the user groups freely share report definitions so one could springboard from something close to your desired result.
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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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
  • Ticket logging for end users, so they can see the progress on their help requests
  • Asset management; it has an agent that can be installed on machines which can then feed back information on installed software, active times, logged on user etc
  • Project management; larger projects can be managed within ManageEngine ServiceDesk as well as end user help tickets, where progress/milestones etc can be recorded
  • Active Directory import of users, so that it automatically updates when users are created/deleted and links their accounts in ManageEngine ServiceDesk with their email address as well to enable email alerts
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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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
  • When trying to select the top row ticket, you have to be careful not to select all tickets. Happened to us twice and we assigned all open tickets to one technician. Took a few minutes to correct.
  • Site is sometimes a bit sluggish to respond. Don't know if that is an issue with our network infrastructure or the program itself, though.
  • When users send emails to the help desk, we sometimes experience delays until the tickets appear on the site for the technicians.
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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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
we are looking at other tools like Zendesk which may replace ServiceDesk. We are currently evaluating both tools to see which one would serve our needs better
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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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
It is still very cumbersome, lots of data entry on the back end to build how we want it but it is still not completely user friendly. Many functions still dont work and contacting someone for help isnt always easy or we get told solutions for issues we have just arent built yet.
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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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
No answers on this topic
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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
No answers on this topic
ServiceNow
For a massive system, page loads are reasonably quick, including searches.
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Support Rating
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
Our network administrator usually gets a good response when contacting ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus customer service. They are quick to respond and so far have been able to eliminate most of our issues. We have been through several upgrades of the software over the years and have no issues to report in regards to customer service.
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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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
No answers on this topic
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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
Compared to Cherwell, SDP is much much faster, and easier to deploy, set up, and use. But it does not have automation, and has limited customization. Since it is smaller and easier, it does not require any development effort. On the other hand, it is far more expensive, considering its lower capabilities, and its licensing model is not concurrently based (each technician uses up a license, even if the technician is not actively logged in and using the tool).
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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
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
No answers on this topic
ServiceNow
ServiceNow works as an enterprise solution.
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Return on Investment
ManageEngine, A Div of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd
  • ServiceDesk Plus has helped our organization see what issues we face on a more global picture and we are able to take the time and resources to correct them in a timely manner.
  • The only negative part about ServiceDesk Plus is it can become costly when you see and use all the features it has to offer.
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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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