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Score 8.2 out of 100

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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ServiceNow

In very large enterprises. ServiceNow can handle a multitude of operations to help with overall IT management. The downside is two-fold: it can get quite clunky at times, and is expensive. While much of it is not intuitive and can be difficult to figure out and use, it has quite a wide range of reporting capabilities. If set up properly with solid process flows, it can be a tremendous tool for IT consumers, technicians and management.
Dr Gardiner Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Carmen Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

ServiceNow
8.4
Zendesk
8.2
Organize and prioritize service tickets
ServiceNow
8.8
Zendesk
8.7
Expert directory
ServiceNow
7.9
Zendesk
7.6
Service restoration
ServiceNow
8.0
Zendesk
Self-service tools
ServiceNow
8.4
Zendesk
Subscription-based notifications
ServiceNow
8.2
Zendesk
7.6
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ServiceNow
8.7
Zendesk
8.0
ITSM reports and dashboards
ServiceNow
8.6
Zendesk
Ticket creation and submission
ServiceNow
Zendesk
8.9
Ticket response
ServiceNow
Zendesk
8.7

ITSM asset management

ServiceNow
8.0
Zendesk
Configuration mangement
ServiceNow
8.2
Zendesk
Asset management dashboard
ServiceNow
8.1
Zendesk
Policy and contract enforcement
ServiceNow
7.7
Zendesk

Change management

ServiceNow
8.7
Zendesk
Change requests repository
ServiceNow
8.9
Zendesk
Change calendar
ServiceNow
8.5
Zendesk
Service-level management
ServiceNow
8.6
Zendesk

Self Help Community

ServiceNow
Zendesk
7.7
External knowledge base
ServiceNow
Zendesk
7.8
Internal knowledge base
ServiceNow
Zendesk
7.5

Multi-Channel Help

ServiceNow
Zendesk
8.1
Customer portal
ServiceNow
Zendesk
7.6
IVR
ServiceNow
Zendesk
8.3
Social integration
ServiceNow
Zendesk
8.3
Email support
ServiceNow
Zendesk
8.3
Help Desk CRM integration
ServiceNow
Zendesk
8.2

Pros

ServiceNow

  • Web based GUI where we can have drag and drop feature enabled for handling the items
  • Integrates well with third party platforms using REST APIs like monitoring tools to create tickets or Alerting tools to create alarms in case of an event
  • Available as a SAAS solution by ServiceNow hence users needn't worry about the backend infrastructure
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Nikhil George | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Lou Gallo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 12 answers
At the moment, ServiceNow provides the best offering in the space and our customers are very happy with their current portals. We recently conducted an ROI review of the ServiceNow product with a client that was very favorable to the product. We keep our options open, but as of right now, we don't see a reason to change.
Akil Franklin | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Forest Basford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 7 answers
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.
Max Lewenhaupt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.3
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
Chase Sheaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We have never had any issues with ServiceNow's availability that I am aware of in the two years I have been using it.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Colby Wood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 9.0
Based on 1 answer
For a massive system, page loads are reasonably quick, including searches.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Taylor Wielage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 8.3
Based on 18 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

Zendesk 6.8
Based on 25 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.
Kevin Pearce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 1.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Chase Sheaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Randall Hodgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Shane Swor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ServiceNow

ServiceNow seems to be able to scale as large as you would like it to and outpaces the competition as far as ease of licenses and growth. While it is clunky it really allows you to drill down to the smallest workflow or permissions to really allow the system to build around your environment. Other products seem to want to push you towards templates or more of the "wizard" style set up.
Jesse Bickel, MS - PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

ServiceNow

ServiceNow 10.0
Based on 1 answer
ServiceNow works as an enterprise solution.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

ServiceNow

  • ServiceNow has positively impacted ROI as it has improved the efficiency of request handling.
  • It has had the positive impact of allowing our organization to standardize on one ticketing tool eliminating a number of others.
  • A negative impact on ROI has been the licensing cost of ServiceNow. Being the premier ticket management system, it definitely has the price tag to match.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Brendan Farrar-Foley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ServiceNow

General

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

ServiceNow Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ServiceNow
8.4
Zendesk
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

ServiceNow
10.0
Zendesk
10.0

Usability

ServiceNow
10.0
Zendesk
8.3

Reliability and Availability

ServiceNow
10.0
Zendesk
8.6

Performance

ServiceNow
9.0
Zendesk
8.0

Support Rating

ServiceNow
8.3
Zendesk
6.8

In-Person Training

ServiceNow
Zendesk
10.0

Online Training

ServiceNow
1.0
Zendesk
7.9

Implementation Rating

ServiceNow
10.0
Zendesk
9.0

Scalability

ServiceNow
10.0
Zendesk

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