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Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

One of the main issues for us is tracking overdue tickets and how they can be better resolved. Missed SLA's are also better tracked to show our team how to avoid this by giving better support or passing along to another level if needed. The reporting mechanism allows us to change on the fly to see where we are lacking support and where we may have too many resources staffed. By utilizing these reports we can move resources around to have better coverage.
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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.4
Zendesk
8.6
Organize and prioritize service tickets
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.5
Zendesk
9.0
Expert directory
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.3
Zendesk
7.9
Subscription-based notifications
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.6
Zendesk
8.3
ITSM collaboration and documentation
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.0
Zendesk
8.2
Ticket creation and submission
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.4
Zendesk
9.3
Ticket response
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.1
Zendesk
9.1

Self Help Community

SolarWinds Web Help Desk
8.6
Zendesk
8.2
External knowledge base
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
7.7
Zendesk
8.3
Internal knowledge base
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.5
Zendesk
8.1

Multi-Channel Help

SolarWinds Web Help Desk
8.0
Zendesk
8.5
Customer portal
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
9.1
Zendesk
8.5
Social integration
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
5.9
Zendesk
8.2
Email support
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
8.5
Zendesk
9.1
Help Desk CRM integration
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
8.6
Zendesk
8.6
IVR
SolarWinds Web Help Desk
Zendesk
8.1

Pros

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

  • Email notifications are pretty good; you can add hidden notes, close/resolve/update tickets just by selecting the appropriate link in the email that is sent when a ticket is created or edited.
  • It provides a great deal of information to both the user and tech.
  • It allows us to automatically update asset information with our mobile device management system by using an extension.
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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.
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Cons

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

  • Support occasionally misses the mark (e.g. usually simple misunderstandings or mis-communications)
  • Intermittent UI bugs (e.g.: fields disappear until page refreshes)
  • AD/LDAP imports can be quirky (e.g.: user name changes, deactivates old user, makes new user instead of just renaming user)
  • Reports can be tricky to write
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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.
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Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

SolarWinds Web Help Desk 9.1
Based on 3 answers
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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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.
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Usability

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

SolarWinds Web Help Desk 7.1
Based on 2 answers
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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Zendesk

Zendesk 8.5
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
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Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
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Performance

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
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Support

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

SolarWinds Web Help Desk 8.2
Based on 3 answers
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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Zendesk

Zendesk 8.8
Based on 21 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.
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Online Training

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
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Implementation

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

SolarWinds Web Help Desk 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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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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
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Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

BMC Track-It! was my first choice for a help desk solution, but we chose SolarWinds Web Help Desk primarily based on cost alone, a now regrettable decision. Track-It! is a far superior product and is better than SolarWinds WHD in every way. That being said, for the cost and what we needed it to do, WHD has performed as expected.
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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.
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Return on Investment

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

  • Faster service when it comes to fixing issues.
  • Able to go back on tickets and see what was previously done on repeated issues.
  • Self serves help desk. The employee can open and close their own request and add as much detail as needed to their ticket. No need to call in and have someone open a ticket for you.
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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.
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Pricing Details

SolarWinds Web Help Desk

General

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

SolarWinds Web Help Desk 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
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