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ConnectWise Manage calls itself a business management platform for companies that sell, service, and support technology. According to the vendor, the product supports 110,000 users and helps them achieve greater accountability, operational efficiency, and profitability. The platform is cloud-based and integrates business-process automation, help desk and customer service, sales, marketing, project management, and business analytics in order to streamline a company's operations.
ConnectWise Manage is the hub of the ConnectWise suite, a set of solutions for technology solution providers that aims to give an end-to-end view and total control over their business.
ConnectWise also gives its users access to a network of ideas, experts, and solutions. ConnectWise has been in business for more than 15 years.
- Supported: Organize and prioritize service tickets
- Supported: Expert directory
- Supported: Subscription-based notifications
- Supported: ITSM collaboration and documentation
- Supported: Ticket creation and submission
- Supported: Ticket response
- Supported: Automated responses
- Supported: Attachments/Screencasts
- Supported: SLA management
- Supported: Forums
- Supported: External knowledge base
- Supported: Internal knowledge base
- Supported: Q and A
- Supported: Surveys/polls
- Supported: Customer portal
- Supported: Live help chat
- Supported: Phone support
- Supported: IVR
- Supported: Call scripting
- Supported: Social integration
- Supported: Email support
- Supported: Help Desk CRM integration
Watch The purpose of a technology service provider has changed drastically in the last 5-10 years, which means you have to change the way they sell, service, and support technology. That’s why we built ConnectWise Manage. As the leading software platform designed for technology companies, ConnectWise brings all functions of your business into one application, helping you eliminate the dreaded Silos of Chaos® once and for all.
|Small Businesses (1-50 employees)||80%|
|Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)||20%|
|Enterprises (more than 500 employees)||0%|
|Deployment Types||On-premise, SaaS|
|Operating Systems||Windows, Mac|
|Mobile Application||Apple iOS, Android|
|Supported Countries||United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom|
Frequently Asked Questions
- Customisation in the cloud - the current capability is poor. Templates, reports, workflows are not intuitive or easy to implement.
- Local presence - it can be very difficult to deal with the time difference - Miami FL, is a long way from Brisbane Australia.
- Basic issues are not easily resolved - a lot of time is spent troubleshooting issues only to find that the simplest answer is the correct one.
- It is very expensive for what you get
- The customer portal is outdated and we don't use it as it is not user friendly.
- Add on products are ok but have all of the same issues outlined above.
- It is very ticket centric, rather than customer centric
- Online training
The problem is the software is very slow and the various tabs often lock up. I have noticed increasing problems with this for the last year. When I contact support, there are no good solutions for this.
- Dashboards to provide an overview
- Workflows to manage processes and send reminders
- Being able to tag the resources needed unique to every ticket or project
- Have expense reports built into the same system as time entry
- The report manager is still hard to use
- We have the cloud version, and some days it has a lot of latency
- quoting is an addon or a separate program
- locks up a lot
- report writer is slow & clunky to use, not very user friendly
- need more time frequencies for invoicing for multiyear
- Ticket entry
- Service reports
- Report writer is very complicated
- More integrations with third-party apps
- Way too many menus in the GUI
- Workflows to automatically do things for you, thus leaving out the need for a person to manually make changes and updates.
- Scheduling works well.
- Quoting from opportunities to invoicing works well.
- The reporting is horrendous. Basic reports require some pretty hefty scripting.
- Updates could be handled better.
- One of my biggest issues is that if a workflow isn't working, there is no way to know until it's too late and a client asks for status.
- Contract management
- Service ticket management
- Connecting to other software
- Very slow (Cloud version is not usable in real time with customers)
- Terrible quoting system (must buy add-on Sell to modify Quote template at all)
- No two-sided accounting (must buy add-on to talk to QBO or to export some transactions)
- Unusable knowledge base (must buy third-party add-on like IT Glue)
- Unusable documentation management system (no versioning, no wiki, no linking, 100% featureless)
- Slow customer support
- Customer support refuses to assist with any report
- Password management is insecure or absent
- Many incompetent features requiring add-ons not disclosed upfront
- Very difficult to implement (plan a year in advance)
- Time entry
- Project management
- Customer support
- Marketing automation
- Service ticket management
- Integrations with other platforms
- Automated flow
- Mobile app is subpar and difficult to use
- Ticket History. Keeping detailed notes in Service tickets which makes it easy for technicians to know what is going on at any given time.
- Client Management. If done properly, knowing who has called in or submitted tickets about their issues can make it easy to track down common problems
- Configurations. Keeping accurate track of computers via configurations helps track down what has been done to a machine.
- If a technician has a time entry open and someone else updates the ticket, you can't save what you have done in that time entry. It would be nice to lock other people out or be able to save time entries no matter what
- Easier to manage types and subtypes when entering tickets
- Changing a work type say s that it's required, but it actually isn't. Being able to manage required fields would be a plus.
ConnectWise addresses our need to maintain an audit trail of all helpdesk activity and track billable activity not covered by our service agreements.
- Management of billable time and products.
- ConnectWise customer support is non-existent. Account managers do not listen to problems, and when you raise something like a billing query it takes weeks to get a response.
- All technical support goes through live chat which is a painful process often taking 45 minutes to get a couple of sentences out of poorly trained engineers that don't seem to know what they are doing.
- User interface is extremely dated with all configuration going through database tables instead of a proper UI.
- Reporting is dated and involves manually exporting information to get any kind of useful data on KPIs.
The customer and technical support is shocking and they don't listen to you when you provide feedback or raise a serious complaint.
- Customer support is shocking. Accounts team take weeks to respond to billing queries, account managers do not respond to complaints.
- Technical support is all through a live chat which is a long and drawn out process.
- Technical support team are not properly trained, often open about the fact they are effectively 'googling' the answers because they don't know what they are doing.
- Lots of features
- User interface is slow and cumbersome.
- Customer service is terrible.
- They lock you into deceptive auto-renewing contracts.
- Unresponsive when you try to cancel, just keep sending invoices.
- Screen connection.
- The product as a whole.
- The support.
- Service tracking: whether for help desk, sales, or network alerting, everything gets tracked as a "ticket." in the system. Whether automated through the multiple integrations available, or performed manually, the service tickets are easy to manage. Our system heavily relies on ticketing, so having multiple ways to create and manage tickets is a must.
- Customization: it's built so that businesses can customize the features to meet their needs. Being in IT, we can create multiple "boards" where we can lock down permissions only to certain departments. Those boards then can track specific kinds of tickets. The customization can go beyond that as well, from workflow to asset management, so needless to say it is very flexible.
- Reporting: since everything is in a database, the latest reporting features with ConnectWise (such as Report Writer), make it easier to pull the data you need. So for example, we pull reports on sales leads monthly to track how many quotes were referred by technicians, and then use that to reward the technicians. This can also assist tremendously when meeting with clients to present data on the work we've done, as well as internally to identify any trends.
- Performance: we use an on-premise instance of ConnectWise, but our system meets or exceeds the required specs. However at times the system can be a bit clunky. When our business relies on using the system, we can't afford to wait even more than a few seconds for a screen to load.
- Interface: while the application is extremely versatile, the interface seems a little dated and some of the menu items can be confusing. This has improved slightly since the previous version, but I'd like to see a more modern look and feel with a design that is a little more intuitive.
- Project module: the relatively new project module was a feature we were hoping to use heavily for our larger scale projects, however it ended up not being able to fit our needs. Specifically I know the projects module didn't integrate will with workflows in ConnectWise, which we use heavily, but I know our project team found other areas where it didn't meet their needs. We've provided this feedback to ConnectWise in hopes to have future enhancements, but in the meantime we continue to use regular service tickets for our projects.
- Time tracking.
- Project management.
- Resource management.
- More certified integrations.
- Not really much bad here honestly.
- Keeps track of tickets with all their documentation and attachments and configurations.
- Has 2-factor authentication for increased security.
- Very good uptime, almost never goes down.
- When we enabled their new text formatting system for ticket notes, the whole system ground to a crawl.
- Support could be a little faster on their response times.
- It will randomly take a while to load tickets, purchase orders, etc. Not often, maybe once every couple of weeks.
- Ticket workflow and automation.
- Integrated data availability between systems (quoting, ticketing, automation, billing, etc.)
- Information tracking and availability
- User Interface is outdated and not very user-friendly.
- Performance depends on your particular installation, but because updates and management is handled in-house the application stability is not as reliable as SAAS solutions.
- Software stability is often a struggle, with bugs causing issues when logging in or accessing auxiliary systems.
- Integrations are done fairly well with Connectwise.
- Audit trails are done well.
- Customer HTML email templates and other custom communications are great in the app.
- Reporting: Though the software has a lot of information in it, the methods to retrieve it are cumbersome.
- Mobile application needs some enhancements, cannot manage projects from it unless assigned a ticket on that project, and then you can only interact with that aspect of the project, nothing else
- Project Management. Red tape could be bad sometimes but we have setup the system to make sure that the red tape is followed so that our customers have the best experience they can have.
- Ticketing system. We make sure that our customers have the best customer experience possible and with the ticketing system, we make sure we take care of them if they have issues.
- The main missing functionality is a text editor that you can implement HTML or even basic WYSIWYG. Creating customer notes without pictures to show in the text spot is a downer
- There are some times during the day where the system gets very slow. When I start having issues, other people I work with start asking if ConnectWise is down. A few minutes later it does eventually come back up, but not before having issues with the load screen spinning.
- The ticketing system needs to have a faster refresh rate than every 5 minute, I would like to even make it every 60 seconds or so. We have so many tickets coming in, it is hard to keep up if someone replied to the ticket unless you click the Service Board tab to refresh the ticket.
- Tickets- Customers can email and a ticket is generated and falls under their profile for historical records. You can save documents and select if they are customer facing or only internal facing. The option as well to have communication in tickets whether its internal facing or customer facing is nice to have when you're trying to keep a record or important details for just internal means and the customer doesn't have to see all the jargon.
- Procurement - It's great to have this integrate with Quosal Sell. Quotes being processed into opportunities and then into a sales order which connects to a ticket or project is pretty easy to use. It does have a learning curve but once you get the hang of it, it's straightforward. Everything is pretty connected, whether keeping track of products customers have purchased historically through us, to knowing what ticket is associated to an RMA.
- Procurement - Throughout the years, Connectwise has gotten better with improving their procurement side. I notice lately I can't cancel products, I have to list them as Write Off. Also if you don't clear your cache often, the system will kinda glitch. You have to know certain workarounds to make it work. For example if I am unreceiving a product, I have to unpick then open PO and unreceive. It's not productive, and you used to be able to just unreceive if you made a mistake.I often have to help other staff with this process
- Products - Security permissions are very specific when it comes to picking products, adding products, editing products, so that makes it difficult if you are trying to set up multiple people with the same permissions. Also, there isn't a straight forward place to pull inventory counts. You have to pull a report and add specific details. I wish this was a little more user friendly.
- Accounting Interface - It's nice it integrates with ConnectWise, but I find it's very picky when you are trying to batch invoices or procurement products.
- Scheduling and tracking of time and resources.
- Modification and customization to meet the needs of the user/company.
- Team management and organization through the scheduler and dispatch modules.
- Knowledgebase entries, organization, and sorting.
- While it is possible to customize and change a lot of settings, it can be very tedious to accomplish via some of the setup tables.
- Lack of telephone customer support without specific payment for such service. Only available support is via chat.
- Manage's GUI is fantastic and easy to use.
- Makes it very simple to create support tickets and organize them.
- The different boards in Manage are what really make this product great.
- Being able to lay everything out and easily organize to our liking is a huge plus!
- Being customer friendly is another aspect I like.
- The portal is easy to setup and easy for clients to use.
- We use this feature heavily as an MSP.
- I will say the calendar option needs a little bit of work.
- A calendar that looks more like lets say a Google Calendar would a nice feature.
- Better Knowledge base section.
- We attempted to get very good use out of the Knowledge however due to not really being able to organize it and it being very hard to navigate we had to go a different route for our documentation.
- Possibly adding a cleaner user interface and adding more customization for the organization of companies would help.
- A better layout for reporting would also be something good to have.
- The layouts available are so difficult to put together to get what you want out of a report. Virtually makes it impossible to get what you want out of them.
- Ticketing - rock solid, keeps good history, and transitions to invoicing smoothly in most cases.
- Integrations - Integrates to more IT products than any other PSA platform on the market.
- Expense Management - allows us to reimburse employees for expenses quickly and accurately.
- Sales - even with plug-ins to tools like ConnectWise Sell or QuoteWerks, the product lacks any sort of prospecting integration. It's VERY hard to run a sales team in this tool.
- Dashboards - this should be a permission to play product by now, but third party products are required for business analytics.
- Commissions - you can't pay your people using the CW commissions functions.
- Calendar - as a business owner, the product doesn't let you see your life in one place. It separates Sales Opportunities/Activities from Tickets and Project tickets to a point that you operate in little Silo's and can't see your life in one place.
- Customer interaction - even though we have closed loop ticketing (tickets update clients with emails when we work on them) the client communication stinks for things like Projects. An integration with Trello or something would go a long way - but why should I need that when the product is supposed to handle customer facing projects?
- The Client Portal is hideous... (they are working on a new one).
- Service Desk, Ticket Management and Closed loop communication is perhaps its best features.
- We are also pleased with the integration between Sell and Manage. It provides a seamless way to streamline the sales process.
- The Integration with Automate and Control, specifically the one-click launching once a configuration has been attached.
- The inventory and procurement module could use some work. It is often difficult to navigate through. A cycle count option would be a great addition as well.
- More customization would be great especially in the PO emails.
- The StreamLine IT function, while great, could use some improvement. It is difficult to setup and can at times interfere with other things that we do.
- The invoices are perhaps the ugliest. A straight forward customizable invoice template, not a report that adds 20 steps to the process, would be a huge improvement.
- We are also a VoIP service provider. Telecommunications comes with the joy of managing communication services taxes in addition to the sales taxes we are required to collect on our managed services. Connectwise gave us the ability to set these taxes up and transfer that information to QuickBooks Pro Desktop.
- During the past year, the folks at Connectwise have really fleshed out the online version of the software, providing nearly the same functionality of the locally installed version. With the exception of our periodic need to import and export from QuickBooks, we are able to use the software from any location.
- Having service tickets created automatically via the receipt of a customer email has been a big help. They are even able to reopen an existing ticket by simply replying to the email thread. This makes it easier for our techs to quickly see notes and history relating to the ticket and resolve it quickly.
- I'd like to see 2FA functionality built into the product along with a more secure tool for storing sensitive customer information. We are currently required to utilize a third party tool to help provide that data protection.
- We are currently experiencing the occasional delays in screen refreshes and find ourselves waiting 10 to 15 seconds for our data to save or refresh. Acknowledging that this software is the primary tool we use to run our business, eliminating those pauses would be ideal.
- Customer support is available through a variety of avenues. Having access to support via the chat method is great. However, since we often have to wait for quite some time for a support technician to get to us within the queue, having an audible notification that the tech has finally arrived would be helpful.
- Provides the ability to create custom work-types, agreement types, and ticket statuses - the flexibility here is unmatched it other ticketing systems that I've used.
- Allows for effortless creation of reports which show all ITIL standard KPIs.
- Overall customization of work and process flow is unbelievable - it is so easy to make this platform do what you need it to do.
- They've recently upgraded its looks, but it could be a bit more visually appealing (if you care about that sort of thing).
- The mobile phone app leaves a lot to be desired - it's not very friendly to use.
- Configuration with 2FA is possible but it's not an enjoyable experience.
- Automation: With a little planning and elbow grease it's possible to automate much of the day-to-day business like routing service tickets, sending SLA reminders, using tracks and templates to standardize sales and project functions, and more.
- Integration: Manage integrates with a large number of other products ranging from HR management to RMMs. ConnectWise also has its own suite of products to handle remote support, chat, RMM, quoting, and cloud services.
- Project Management: The Project module plus templates and workflows make project management organized and automated.
- Support: There is no way to call and speak to a live person immediately. The quality of support completely hit-or-miss. The rule of thumb is if a support person gives you a noncommittal answer or flat out tells you no, hang up/close and call/chat again.
- Security at a ticket level: We would love to incorporate more of our HR functions into Manage but the inability to lock things down at a ticket level (and the lack of granularity at the service board level) makes that impossible.
- Email connector errors: These could be a lot more useful if they had a little more information in them.
The dispatching and scheduling features are great for a mobile workforce and works well for those departments who push tickets from a central dispatch person or department. For those who use a ticket pulling structure, it works equally well as long as all members have been well trained.