SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD) vs. SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SolarWinds Service Desk
Score 8.2 out of 10
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SolarWinds Service Desk (formerly Samanage) is a cloud-based, multi-tenant IT service desk and asset management software for IT and enterprise service management. Samanage is on a single, always new instance of software. The service desk includes a self-service portal, service catalog, knowledge base, and SLA management tool. The integrated agent-based asset management solution collects contracts and licensing data from Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix systems.N/A
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds Web Help Desk is ticketing and IT asset management software. It is designed to simplify help desk management. This solution includes built-in ticketing management, asset management, change management, and knowledge base capabilities.N/A
Pricing
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SolarWinds Service DeskSolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
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
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Considered Both Products
SolarWinds Service Desk
Chose SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)
For the most part, Solarwinds Service Desk and SolarWinds Web Help Desk are basically the same. Both are extremely customizable, have incident and asset tracking functions and have reporting functions. I believe the kicker was the fact that Solarwinds Service Desk was already …
Chose SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)
We chose Samanage Service Desk to provide a more flexible and cloud based application.
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)
8.0
96 Ratings
3% below category average
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
9.8
19 Ratings
22% above category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets9.395 Ratings9.819 Ratings
Expert directory7.956 Ratings10.013 Ratings
Service restoration7.357 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service tools8.085 Ratings00 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications8.967 Ratings9.817 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation8.176 Ratings9.014 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards6.486 Ratings00 Ratings
Ticket creation and submission00 Ratings9.99 Ratings
Ticket response00 Ratings9.99 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)
6.9
81 Ratings
17% below category average
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
-
Ratings
Configuration mangement6.973 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset management dashboard6.980 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement6.963 Ratings00 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)
8.0
79 Ratings
5% below category average
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
-
Ratings
Change requests repository8.663 Ratings00 Ratings
Change calendar7.743 Ratings00 Ratings
Service-level management7.871 Ratings00 Ratings
Self Help Community
Comparison of Self Help Community features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)
-
Ratings
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
9.4
8 Ratings
21% above category average
External knowledge base00 Ratings9.46 Ratings
Internal knowledge base00 Ratings9.48 Ratings
Multi-Channel Help
Comparison of Multi-Channel Help features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)
-
Ratings
SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
9.4
9 Ratings
22% above category average
Customer portal00 Ratings9.78 Ratings
Social integration00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Email support00 Ratings9.89 Ratings
Help Desk CRM integration00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
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User Ratings
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(118 ratings)
8.5
(19 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.5
(8 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Usability
8.9
(7 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
8.7
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.9
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(92 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.9
(3 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Configurability
7.3
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
4.5
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.9
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.7
(2 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
SolarWinds Service Desk (SSD)SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD)
Likelihood to Recommend
SolarWinds
If you are looking for a way to support a company and bill based on the outcome this software works really well. If it's a quick password change there was no charge, but if it's troubleshooting things you click the box to charge. It works really well for this. Also bringing all your assets into this and associating them to a client works well. I can't think of anything that this software would not be less appropriate for. It works well for what we use it for.
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SolarWinds
SolarWinds WHD is well suited if you have a limited budget, as it costs less than many help desk software packages that are more full featured and modern in their design. It is not well suited to an environment where you want to manage inventory, users, purchases and tickets all in one package. It has an asset feature that we don't use but that looks quite limited. We track our assets and users separately from this.
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Pros
SolarWinds
  • Approval flows: You can have multiple layers of approval required for the tickets and service requests you design. This helps us show auditors that access to privileged systems and data was formerly reviewed and approved by the appropriate managers.
  • Easy to design forms: You don't need to spend hours reading the documentation to figure out how to create forms. It's simple enough that you can just jump right in and start creating them with minimal training.
  • Lots of options and features are available for you to include in your forms.
  • Integrates well with SAML-based SSO and has capabilities for MFA.
  • Easy and useful search function. Need to find that ticket from last year that you worked for a particular user or issue? Just search by keyword or username, and it'll quickly find the ticket.
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SolarWinds
  • Customized reporting allows us to track our service and support better, and find where we need improvements. This allows us to constantly upgrade our service levels and keep the customers happy.
  • Detailed tracking and response to the end users have led to quicker remediation of tickets. We are able to see where we need a better response or where to add additional resources for support.
  • Overall metrics allow us to staff properly for our tickets by location and remote users.
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Cons
SolarWinds
  • There is potential to greatly improve the capacity for cascading attributes. Currently, categories are limited to a top-level category and one subcategory. This leaves a fairly shallow decision tree.
  • Greater flexibility to modify the layout of incident request forms.
  • More integration options for cloud file-sharing platforms. Solarwinds Service Desk has tie-ins to Dropbox but not other vendors.
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SolarWinds
  • Because of AD integration, users sometimes try logging in with their email address and not AD credentials. The user then calls stating they can't put a ticket in, it would be nice if there was a method of matching the AD Email field with a login.
  • Setting up new techs with the building they are responsible for can be a little messy
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Likelihood to Renew
SolarWinds
My renewal is soon coming up, it is fairly likely I will renew again for the 5th year. I may consider evaluating what else is out there, It was requested by my staff to not make a change. They feel that SSD fits our needs, is easy to use and should keep it.
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SolarWinds
We are definitely going to be sticking with Web Help Desk for the foreseeable future since the product is very inexpensive for the features that it provides, the integration that it has with our existing systems, and the ease for managing users, assets, locations, and tickets. Web Help Desk is a great product that is backed by even better support, which is well worth looking into if you are considering moving to a new ticketing system.
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Usability
SolarWinds
Solarwinds Service Desk has a very "user friendly" interface. Everything looks nice and neat. And, learning how to use the system is very easy. It provides multiple services that are easy for most people to grasp, and allows for great organization of incidents and assets. Support for Solarwinds Service Desk has a good response and resolution time and are easy to work with.
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SolarWinds
The system has time and time again proven to be much easier to use and setup for both technicians and end users. It is simple enough to enter a ticket for end users, and even easier to communicate with logging back and forth because you can reply to the ticket emails to enter comments on the tickets. The technician side is a little clunky at first, but after looking at it for a few minutes it's very clear to see what you need to do to accomplish the goals. The mobile interface is snappy and responsive. It's a great product overall.
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Reliability and Availability
SolarWinds
Because the data is stored on Amazon Web Services (AWS) there are very rarely any outages. There have been some times when the product has been slow to load, but because the interface is web based it could be anything between my computer and AWS that was causing the issue. But also, because the application is web based it can be access from anywhere which makes it very convenient
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SolarWinds
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Performance
SolarWinds
When the system is working, the pages load very quickly. We run reports all the time in the system. The reporting can be extremely complex or very simple. Either way, we have not had any issues with the reports. We do not currently integrate Solarwinds Service Desk with any other software.
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SolarWinds
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Support Rating
SolarWinds
SolarWinds support department will respond to you quickly from the time of purchase to after-purchase instructions & supporting, and the company is great in customers support. In buying a software, our organization always has a priority for the seller and support and accountability is very important to us, and the manufacturer or seller must be responsible and supportive.
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SolarWinds
SolarWinds is a great customizable and affordable ticketing system. We use SolarWinds Web Help Desk for IT and Software
Development trouble ticket tracking and resolution. The reporting that
SolarWinds provides is great since it helps us discover problem areas and fix
those areas so they don't keep reoccurring
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Online Training
SolarWinds
When we first purchased Samanage (now Solarwinds) they provided us with an informational training session to show us all of the basics on how the service works and showed us everything we were interested in using. There are still some areas of Solarwinds that we do not yet utilize but I know if we choose to use them in the future we would be able to schedule another session with our representative to have them show us what we need to know.
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SolarWinds
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Implementation Rating
SolarWinds
The implementation process for our organization was fairly simple. We set up an email address to receive the emails from the system (for incident creation), and we allowed the system to spoof our IT email to respond to requests. Solarwinds helped us with the rest of the implementation, and it took less than a week to get the system fully operational.
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SolarWinds
Take the time to roll out a test VM to configure and make changes to before doing a live deployment, this way you don't end up with a VM that has been tweaked and re-tweaked until it's perfect and instead end up with a final, polished product. I would also recommend taking the time to read through the support forums for figuring out minor issues that may pop up, chances are that you aren't going to be the first one to encounter them. When all is said and done, SolarWinds Support is VERY responsive and you shouldn't hesitate to contact them.
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Alternatives Considered
SolarWinds
We chose SolarWinds Service Desk for its user friendly platform compared to what we had. Its was easier for requestors to submit tickets, provide feedback, merge tickets, build a suitable approval process. Our organization had a hard time going back and forth with the end user on providing a status on their request or issue, where most users just didn't follow through or lost interest in their issue. We would have to send multiple emails to get any type of feedback and that's something we did not want to keep on doing.
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SolarWinds
Web Help Desk is definitely lacking in the UI/UX department compared to most other ticketing systems I have used int he past. It's very utilitarian; however, what it lacks in UI it makes up for in extensibility and customization. The main issue that the developers need to address is the use of a Web Objects back-end.
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Scalability
SolarWinds
We have over 500 computers and tablets across our organization and this has helped us greatly in keeping track of where computers are and who is currently using it. I can see this product being useful to groups both larger and smaller than us and I really appreciate this product.
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SolarWinds
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Return on Investment
SolarWinds
  • We are more easily able to quantify user satisfaction with support.
  • We are able to develop SLAs that quantify and define the obligation of our support teams.
  • The actual cost of Solarwinds Service Desk per agent user is high in our estimation. The more you implement this platform across your organization, the more tightly tethered you are to this solution.
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SolarWinds
  • Amazing impact on our Organization, we are much more organized since we implemented SolarWinds Web Help Desk
  • The ROI is in the statistics! The application cost pennies to run compared to what the product will do for your organization.
  • I challenge you to find a better product for the price!
  • Our documentation has improved since we implemented SolarWinds Web Help Desk
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