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Likelihood to Recommend

TOPdesk

TOPdesk is well suited to any information technology department or organization that operates on a ticket based system. The tracking and management of workloads is excellent, and in fact, the system is appropriate for any organization that track work based on tickets.
Any appointment based system can be modeled inside TOPdesk using the appointment planning board, allowing managers to see the planned appointments of employees.
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Jira Service Desk

When we do our sprint planning meetings, it is incredibly useful to see all tickets assigned to our team. We can very easily manage our backlog by priority or date created. You can get a very good overview of how the backlog is coming along based on these custom views we have created.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

TOPdesk
7.4
Jira Service Desk
8.8
Organize and prioritize service tickets
TOPdesk
8.2
Jira Service Desk
8.9
Expert directory
TOPdesk
6.6
Jira Service Desk
9.0
Service restoration
TOPdesk
7.4
Jira Service Desk
9.5
Self-service tools
TOPdesk
8.0
Jira Service Desk
8.1
Subscription-based notifications
TOPdesk
7.4
Jira Service Desk
10.0
ITSM collaboration and documentation
TOPdesk
7.6
Jira Service Desk
8.1
ITSM reports and dashboards
TOPdesk
6.9
Jira Service Desk
8.2

ITSM asset management

TOPdesk
7.1
Jira Service Desk
10.0
Configuration mangement
TOPdesk
7.1
Jira Service Desk
10.0
Asset management dashboard
TOPdesk
7.6
Jira Service Desk
10.0
Policy and contract enforcement
TOPdesk
6.7
Jira Service Desk
10.0

Change management

TOPdesk
7.3
Jira Service Desk
7.8
Change requests repository
TOPdesk
7.8
Jira Service Desk
8.3
Change calendar
TOPdesk
6.9
Jira Service Desk
6.5
Service-level management
TOPdesk
7.1
Jira Service Desk
8.5

Pros

  • Support by TOPdesk is excellent. Until now, we didn't have any issues when support was requested.
  • The latest version supports ADFS/SAML authentication. In the former version, this was an add-on you should buy.
  • Continues development of the product bearing in mind the user's input.
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  • It is compatible for Agile methodology where it lends a platform of sufficient communication, accountability of tasks and provided a space for a group email. This prevented replication of tasks that were already completed or decisions already made without having to pester the project lead on what was discussed if you missed a casual meeting or scrum.
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Cons

  • The inventory system - while boasting some cool features such as historical modifications to a system - suffers from one core issue: It is very easy to introduce duplicate records into the system and lose connections between PCs and other objects (licenses, users, support tickets) due to TOPdesk's use of the host name as the primary key in their database.
  • The AD import system is not properly fleshed out, and requires extensive modifications by TOPdesk before it will work. For instance, it won't pull in any addressing information for any of your users by default. It will also pull in blank entries if an account lives in the OU structure you're scanning and that account has a manager whose account lives outside the OU structure in question. Likewise, similar blank entries can be created if an Exchange contact is set as the manager of a user account within your OU.
  • The knowledgebase is decent, but it lacks [A] any real formatting (no numbered or bulleted lists, making procedures difficult to write) and [B] granular control over who can do what (if you give someone in HR the ability to write/edit knowledgebase articles, they also have access to all the IT knowledgebase articles). I believe TOPdesk will be improving this approach in the future, but nothing yet.
  • The trigger/action system (handles all email notifications) is very difficult to set up. It's a powerful system in that you can compose highly customized emails, but without any sort of basic guide or templates it's a very steep learning curve to get working. In my own system I have nearly 40 triggers and nearly 70 actions just to handle who should get what, and it took months to set up - a core reason it took so long to roll out the product. These triggers are not well documented either, so many of them require trial and error to the nth degree.
  • Some aspects of the system are inherently broken. For instance, you can create a trigger to trip whenever someone posts a comment to a ticket, then have an action set up to email all the linked users of a ticket. But if there aren't any linked users then the operator gets a post-comment prompt asking who they want to send the email to, instead of the system being smart enough to know that it shouldn't try sending the email at all.
  • Linked users have no visibility into someone else's ticket. This is odd, because TOPdesk has enabled this feature for [A] users of the same location (where it isn't always applicable) and/or [B] users of the same department (where again, it isn't always applicable). What TOPdesk should do is give *ANY* linked user the ability to see another user's ticket via the self-service portal, but they haven't done this. The result would be a linked user getting an email notification for a ticket which they don't have visibility on, resulting on additional emails back and forth looking for information.
  • On a related note, the two existing visibility options listed above (location-based and department-based) can introduce security holes. Consider a handful of users at a single location or within a single department, then consider that two or three of them are basic users, then there is an assistant manager, and finally there is a manager above everyone. You can easily give the manager visibility of all of his/her subordinates' tickets, but if in order to give the assistant manager visibility over his/her subordinates, you must also give him/her visibility to the manager's tickets.
  • The mobile operators site restricts ticket visibility to only [A] an operator's own tickets and [B] unassigned tickets within that operator's group. So if you have a 10-person support team with a single manager, then as soon as the manager assigns at ticket to one of his/her techs, the manager loses visibility of the ticket. This is especially problematic if you have a manager working in the field on a mobile device 100% of the time (as I do). The only way for the manager to see all tickets is to simply not assign them to anyone, a pretty dumb approach to a problem introduced as part of a poor design choice.
  • As a general rule, TOPdesk has introduced many great ideas, but they are often burdened by the singular approach the TOPdesk designers have taken. As stated above, yes, you have an inventory, but it's borderline unusable because of their choice of primary keys. Or yes, you can link multiple users to a single ticket, but they can't actually SEE the ticket. Or an operator can use the mobile website, but they can't SEE tickets assigned to other members of their team within the mobile website. Things like that. And the most frustrating element is that when you bring these points up their response is almost always 'Why is that a problem?', or 'Why would you want to do it that way?', or something similar which avoids confronting the design issue head on in favor of putting the onus on the customer to justify why something should work the way it works in countless other help desk applications.
  • Don't get me wrong - TOPdesk is a very decent product and has the potential to be GREAT - but after 8 months of prepping before we turned it on, it didn't surprise me in the least that so many individuals (operators) in our organization reported problems and frustrations with it.
  • UPDATE: Since my first review we have upgraded TOPdesk to the latest version and found several previous problems have been fixed (so they no longer appear in this review). One such example was documents attached to KB articles, which show up out of alphabetical order (still a problem), but which previously were not returned during searches. They now are, making the misordering of the files not much of a problem any longer.
  • The point is that TOPdesk is always improving their products, and this gives me great hope going forward that our satisfaction with it will only grow.
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  • I think it is a little strange that JSD is a separate product than JIRA when they seem to be like they should just be one product
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Likelihood to Renew

TOPdesk8.2
Based on 5 answers
Fully satisfied so far with the product and the support.
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Jira Service Desk6.0
Based on 1 answer
I give it this rating because one has to be a creator or a master of tool before he renews it.
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Usability

TOPdesk7.3
Based on 6 answers
Based on my short experience with TOPdesk, but long experience with Service-Now, I am very happy with the product.
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Support

TOPdesk8.5
Based on 84 answers
Pre-sales support was decent, but the onboarding was not so helpful. This was due mainly to the fact that it was delivered in the form of a series of information-heavy tutorials that were too overwhelming too early on. I also found the online documentation somewhat lacking, as it was often written for a different version of TOPdesk than the one I was using.The support site is pretty good, and makes it very easy to report and get updates on problems (they utilize their own engine to drive the site). The one drawback I ran into was tickets being closed with the assumption that the recommended resolution was one I was familiar with, requiring no in-depth explanations or background info. This meant re-opening many tickets in order to get clarification on an answer, or to ask a follow-up question.
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Implementation

TOPdesk7.2
Based on 3 answers
SAAS implementation on our end could not be done by TOPdesk due to the fact that they do not offer it. Ask directly from the beginning for support from a SAAS specialist.
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Alternatives Considered

We selected TOPdesk because of the following factors:
  • Pricing model
  • Customization
  • Hosting model
  • Optional features
  • Service support
  • Scalability
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It's out of the box the best option I could imagine and by-far better than any custom-made tools I've otherwise seen. Also thru its modular setup, it can be extended and upgraded as you go so the system adapts to your changing business requirements. Only downside is - without Confluence linked to it, there is something missing! Nevertheless, I would still recommend it at any given time.
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Return on Investment

  • The quickest gain that we realized was reduced cost from our previous solution in terms of service contracts and on-premise infrastructure costs.
  • Additional gains are also found in standard solution management and service disruption notification. We now have a company dashboard that can inform employees about any large or small service issues.
  • Improved reporting has also allowed the department to focus resources where there are greater needs and monitor costs of service.
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  • Great for tracking issues and getting the right tasks to the right people
  • Encourages developers to collaborate on tasks and quickly redirect them to the appropriate person to deal with them
  • Good reporting to internal and external teams.
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Pricing Details

TOPdesk

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
TOPdesk Editions & Modules
TOPdesk
Additional Pricing Details
TOPdesk has a unique license model: - Modular: Select the modules you need and easily expand as your business grows - Saas or On premise - Unlimited number of assets. Successful asset management should not be dependent on the license of your product. - End users OR service agents based, whichever fits your situation best. If you are looking for flexibility in the number of agents for e.g. extra busy times of the year, the flexible end user license lets you add agents without any restrictions, no day passes needed.

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Jira Service Desk

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Jira Service Desk Editions & Modules
Jira Service Desk
Edition
Small Teams
$101
Growing teams
$202
Large teams
Discount3
1. per agent for up to 3 agents
2. per agent per month for 4-15 agents
3. per agent for 16+ agents
Additional Pricing Details
View the pricing calculator for 16+ agents here: https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/service-desk/pricing/upcoming#pricing-calculator

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