It took a while to get here but...
January 09, 2018

It took a while to get here but...

Jennifer Henney | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with ConnectWise Manage

We use ConnectWise Manage in all aspects of our MSP business. It functions as our PSA/CRM and we also offer a co-managed service to some of our clients where their internal IT department can use it for their service ticket management. We had previously been using TigerPaw, which was lacking in many modern functions of other PSAs.
  • 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.
  • It is much easier to plan and track time on everything at a level where we can pull really meaningful reporting to see precisely how our employees' time is spent.
  • We've enjoyed greater operational efficiency all around since we're able to automate so many different aspects. Now we can manage our exceptions rather than having to sift through absolutely everything all the time.
We're a medium-sized MSP and it works very well for us. It is scalable to an enterprise level if it is set up with careful thought and consideration from the get-go. It would probably be too much for a 1-5 person shop.

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.

ConnectWise PSA Feature Ratings

Organize and prioritize service tickets
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Ticket creation and submission
Ticket response
Internal knowledge base
Customer portal
Social integration
Email support
Help Desk CRM integration

ConnectWise Manage Support

The front line support techs are wildly inconsistent when it comes to the level of support. Sometimes you get someone who just wants to throw links to University documentation at you, sometimes you get someone who truly tries to understand your issue and confers with peers and managers to find an answer, and sometimes you get someone who just wants to create a ticket and escalate immediately. If you ask three different techs the same question you will probably get three different answers, one of them being, "That's not possible."
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Kept well informed
Less knowledgeable
Problems left unsolved
Escalation required
Difficult to get immediate help
Need to explain problems multiple times
Slow Initial Response
Yes - We have demanding clients and high expectations for ourselves as an organization. When this one piece of software runs virtually our entire business we need to ensure uptime and functionality at all times.
Yes - Yes, it was a relatively minor issue that was fixed within a couple of months.
We had some fits and starts and a not-so-great experience getting Manage up and running. We have been able to work with ConnectWise to get us back on track.