Reviews (26-50 of 127)
- Single source of data for administrative purposes
- Quick tickets are real time savers!
- Showing relations between objects.
- No WYSIWYG editor, real pain in the ass.
- Building configurations of different objects can consume relatively a lot of time
- Search engine can be optimized
You don't need to have a lot of IT knowledge to make it a good working program for you.
- Very well organized for incident and change management
- Great way to manage a CMDB
- It's a bit hard to find all the features if you're an admin and new to the product. Could be a little bit more specific
- Comes up with suggestions when creating an incident
- Being able to follow your incident
- One portal for all your questions
- As far as we are concerned, the scrum board needs attention. It is not possible to add documents, and tacs.
TOPdesk is a very good tool for creating and registering and reporting incidents. The scrum board deserves attention. It is nice to accommodate as much everything as possible in an application, unfortunately, this is not yet a fully-fledged instrument.
We hesitated to use Profit (Afas) to register incidents because this application was already present. However, this was too limited in functionality for us. The forms that can be created in the SSP (Self Service Portal) are often much more flexible.
The start of the implementation didn't go smoothly. There were some difficulties between the consultant from TOPdesk and the employee who would do the software setup. Their working method did not match.
TOPdesk solved this very well. After the rocky start, we went through a smooth implementation.
- Easy for end users.
- Detailed audit reporting on tickets.
- Great support team.
- Great implementation team.
- We use SSRS for producing reports as the built in reporting system is not quite as granular as our admin team wanted.
- Automatically reads designated mail folder and creates incidents from this; this function is saving us a lot of time entering incidents. In this way, we can respond much quicker to incident calls.
- Escalation of incidents. We use this a lot, because we don't want our servicedesk to be occupied with stuff they cannot solve in a fashionable time. In this way customers are getting the correct response much quicker.
- Report engine. Creating reports is really nice and you can make them the way you want them. This gives us the flexibility to create reports with all the necessary information for our customers.
- Give best practice tips when designing your Topdesk environment, in this way you won't run into discussions with a Topdesk consultant about the way you run things!
- Make it easier to design some work forms for jobs you do for customers and let them sign off.
- Get more functionality available as an add-on, there are examples where you need to buy enterprise license just to get a hold on some of those features.
- Managing the support flow
- Ticket notifications and communication
- Flexibility for organization planning
- Top-notch support
- Could use better tutorials or a reference for more complex change requests
- Had some trouble with the API slowing down the SaaS server--too many hits
TOPdesk is fulfilling a number of needs within our organization. First, TOPdesk gives us a centralized "help" location within our company so our employees can have a "one-stop shop" for all of their support needs. Secondly, TOPdesk is providing a centralized knowledge base for our departments and specific products for our employees. Lastly, TOPdesk offers an array of modules that many departments can utilize and share information or assets via.
- Large knowledge base repository that is searchable from basically anywhere, offers suggestions to the users, and can support images and gifs.
- Interdepartmental workflows--tasks can start in one department but end up triggering activities in tasks for other departments (employee on-boarding, for instance)
- Because there is so much functionality built in, the UI can look a little clunky for the operators.
TOPdesk would likely be overkill for a smaller organization that can probably get by using a less robust system.
- Implementation was super easy and they trained us during this time. We were totally self-sufficient after implementation, meaning we could configure the system without calling TOPdesk for help.
- The Self Service Portal is my favorite part. We have tried to push adoption of a SSP in the past but until TOPdesk, it never took off. It is so user friendly associates would rather use it then call our help desk.
- You can only drill down to 2 categories. I would like 3.
- Change management - Detailed activity management with workflow.
- Incident management - Simple, user-friendly interface, multiple pathways.
- More functionality around resolution codes and status.
- Ability to switch from simple to complex changes more easily.
It is also well suited for use for finance functions where internal controls are required (like vendor set-up and change). I haven't used some of the other functionalities yet, but expect it would be useful in other areas as well.
- The tracking of issues is excellent.
- Data entry is fast and logical.
- Time tracking is very good.
- It desperately needs the ability to search multiple categories at the same time.
- The export tool is very weak and complicated.
- The ability to edit self-service forms if they are incorrect would be very nice.
It does a very good job of repetitive change management. It is much weaker in off-the-cuff changes for tracking
- It is very easy to use. Explaining it to a new user takes 15 minutes at most.
- The great API features make integrating other applications a piece of cake.
- Modular build, and easily customizable, so you only see what you use.
- Fast and reliable.
- Its mobile usability could be better. Simple features are missing, like adding photos to an existing call.
- The self-service portal should be a little bit more customizable.
- Cross-referencing tickets is easy by just typing the incident number.
- There are many reports available out of the box.
- Single Sign-On using SAML makes it easy and safer to log on.
- Almost inherent in these products is the sheer volume of forms. TOPdesk doesn't make it easier compared to other products (but also not harder)
- Probably the version we use (on-prem), but there is a firefox issue where the "x" (lower case) key does not work in the actions field. The capital works fine.
- TOPdesk Lite is easy to implement.
- The Dashboard shows at a glance how many calls are open, which categories these calls relate to and how the calls are received.
- In addition, there is a multitude of reports available to help you find out for yourself what you would like to know from your data.
- The mail import functionality saves a lot of work: by sending all calls to one email address, they are automatically imported into TOPdesk Lite.
- One of the improvements I would like to have is the ability to make my own reports in TOPdesk Lite. At the moment I can use (quite a number) of pre-defined reports. But for the report I really want, I still have to export the data to Excel and create in Excel my TOPdesk report.
- For Topdesk Lite, I would like to have the possibility (at the start) to do the import of old calls that were registered in another system (or in Excel, in my case) myself. The only way it can be done now is to let Topdesk do/make the import itself (and this means extra costs). Also, the template for People (Pesonen) could do with more instructions.
- Ease of use: TOPdesk has intuitive interfaces, you find everything you need without problems.
- Another positive point, and this I believe to be unanimous among its users, is the quality of the self-service portal. It is fantastic if you manage to insert a good database and knowledge, this will help in cases of small problems where the client will quickly find the solution and they don't need a call, saving the time of the support and relationship team.
- Another point I like about TOPdesk is its constant upgrades. this shows that the development team remains committed to bringing improvements to the customers of the product.
- The TOPdesk support and customer relationship team are incredible, they are solicited and provide quick service to any problem you have with the product.
- I would like the form designer that comes integrated with TOPdesk to be improved, not that it is horrible or something that can not be used, but it would be interesting if it was given more resources that would allow you to make forms that are not so basic and limited.
- The process of installing TOPdesk is somewhat complex. I think it could be more intuitive, although if you have a serious problem with it, their technical support offers great support and accompanies you throughout the installation process.
- Consulting approach to implementation
- Ease of use
- always on (Cloud)
- System is made up of modules which is good for the scalability, however, there is duplication of configuration effort if you have many of the modules. Ie. L1 and L2 tickets require all actions and events to be duplicated if they are the same.
- Survey module might be better suited as an integration with market leader engine.
- SSP forms could be more flexible if they were HTML capable to provide users a better UI
- Enable the ability to import and export forms, templates, configurations via a customer marketplace. We could upload a good template or rule and other customers could down load it and use it (with a few configuration changes)
- Knowledgebase articles could be HTML capable for improved user UI. Allow users to subscribe to KB articles and social media.
- Allow users to update their user profiles with additional details (ie cell #, social media links, education, courses etc.)
- Add education and training/courses to user profiles. This could provide organizations the ability to manage training.
- Add task management. Not everything is a ticket. Many department activities that are requested or managed do not need to be a support ticket. Often meetings generate tasks that could be added to Topdesk. A task could be attached to an operator with task name, description, due date, perhaps even a checklist. Then email templates can be added to notify the requestor when complete.
- Project module is lacking some of the basic details and metrics found in portfolio management (budget, summary, start date, target date, expenses, assets, time management). Project templates could be improved.
- Could use a time and expense management. Expenses, time by ticket, project, task and/or a simple timesheet and expense sheet for approvals.
- Finish the Asset modules to eliminate working with 2 asset modules.
We are planning to onboard the maintenance department.
- Change management request for cell phones with dual approval.
- Change management request for VPN access with dual approval.
- Inventory control with TOPsis scan.
- More customizing flexibility in the SSP... ex.: iFrames.
- All change management approval process visible within the SSP during manager approvals.
In-house, we have very knowledgeable DBA and programmers that can customize TOPdesk, but often we are limited due to the way TOPdesk is designed.
- Very good incident management tool. Within one year we will be using this for almost all our departments to manage their incidents and questions.
- Good Change Management Tool. From the incident management module we can start change management for some issues with a nice workflow beyond it.
- The Self Service Portal is for the users an archive for a lot of procedures, users can manage their own call, questions etc. And because we are gonna use TOPdesk for HRM and Payroll all our employees will have an account and we will all be speaking the same language.
- Because we are using the new Topdesk version just for a short time it is difficult to answer this question.
- We will be evaluating the application all the time and will communicate any missing functionality with Topdesk.
For our customers, we also have planned reports for SLA reports.
- 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.
- Copy and paste functionality of pictures.
- Approval by "managers" of simple changes. Currently, only Extensive Change has this functionality.
- Rich text formatting in Change Management module.
- Rating of Changes, currently only a rating of an incident can be used.
Less suited for: For Change Management (simples changes) we miss the functionality that a "Manager" can approve a change from within the Self Service Portal.
- It is a easy to use tool, with many out of the box standard utilities which help defining the IT process.
- The CMDB module is a great way of keeping sight of hardware en software. We use it for creating reports and keeping track of our items.
- The change process is very comprehensive and can be used for different types of workflows.
- For us the change module is to comprehensive, and we use it only in a light form.
Also the change of contract was very well and customer friendly.
We also hope to implement the project management and change control modules in the near future.
- Provides a very nice front-end interface for the end-user community.
- Provides a thorough web-based interface for the operators (back-end technicians).
- Provides a great deal of flexibility concerning the organization of operators into groups, as well as delegating very granular control over what they can/cannot do in the operators interface.
- 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.
Horrible if you want to use inventory, write elaborate knowledgebase procedures, or set up any sort of intelligent email notification system without spending years of your life getting things set up. Very poor documentation (getting SSL set up was a chore, installing the product was not easy, etc...).
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.
- Easy to enter tickets by mail from the users.
- TOPdesk could be used directly out of the box.
- SaaS makes it easy to setup it up and scales within the region.
- Excellent support during and after the go-live by the people from TOPdesk.
- SaaS implementation could be easier if it would be done by TOPdesk as an extra service. My IT department had some difficulties due to lack of knowledge in this area.
TOPdesk has enabled us to have a more consistent experience for issue management across the areas which are using it. This includes a more streamlined way to pass calls between different areas of the University and track progress. Use of the other features such as asset and property management has allowed us to more tightly couple this data against call data and avoid having to manage them in disparate systems.
- Self-service Portal is very good, particularly with the latest version. If you populate the knowledge base well, users can often find the help they need before needing to raise a call
- Escalation and routing of calls is very straightforward which allows the operators to work efficiently when dealing with calls
- Separation of different teams within TOPdesk works very well so that they can manage their own calls without seeing each others
- The tools for configuring events and actions need improving, especially the tool for events which, whilst very powerful, is cumbersome to use when configuring event criteria
- The built-in form designer within TOPdesk is adequate but could do with better features to allow for more dynamic forms. It would also benefit from being able to post data to custom fields rather than just into the Action box. There is quite a step up between the built-in form designer and the custom XFG form engine which is the only other solution which TOPdesk provide
- Asset management could do with some improvements as it can be a little inflexible when needing to customize the data being held as well as build processes around it
- Incident management and following up. The knowledge base is very helpful for us to look back to previous issues and to know what the solution was.
- We like the plan board so much - it is easy and native.
- Contract management is helpful for us to know when contracts are ending and with the e-mail warning, we are able to extend the contract before the contract is overdue.
- Sometimes the interface is a bit confusing as there are parts in ettings management and other parts in the module management.
- Here in Rwanda internet is not stable, so when there is a short hick-up the connection has been lost and will not come back automatically
- I'm very happy with the service of TOPdesk.
- I've been using it already from almost the start of the application.
- Even now in Rwanda, the support is great. Fast and trustable.
TOPdesk Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
What is TOPdesk?
1. Easy to use, quick to set up
2. Suitable for IT, FM or HR.
3. Seamless integrations with other packages.
4. Guaranteed service excellence.
5.Attractive and flexible licensing model TOPdesk has 20+ years experience in helping 5000+ organizations worldwide deliver the best service.
- Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
- Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
- Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
- Entry-level set up fee?Optional
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.
TOPdesk Customer Size Distribution
|Small Businesses (1-50 employees)||5%|
|Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)||55%|
|Enterprises (> 500 employees)||40%|
TOPdesk Support Options
|Free Version||Paid Version|
|Video Tutorials / Webinar|
TOPdesk Technical Details
|Deployment Types:||On-premise, SaaS|
|Operating Systems:||Windows, Linux|
|Mobile Application:||Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mobile Web|
|Supported Languages:||English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Norwegian|