SolarWinds Service Desk is Great for Small Business, Lacks Intelligent Workflows and Automations
May 07, 2020

SolarWinds Service Desk is Great for Small Business, Lacks Intelligent Workflows and Automations

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Solarwinds Service Desk (formerly Samanage)

My company uses SolarWinds Service Desk across the entire organization, being used by 800+ employees. The primary purpose for using Service Desk is for information technology issues and requests. Employees can report issues with their computers, the network, servers, etc. and can request new hardware, software, password resets, new accounts, permissions, and anything else supported by the information technology department.
  • Self-service portal.
  • Simple setup and configuration.
  • Ease of use.
  • Asset management.
  • Workflows.
  • No canned responses.
  • Ticket details are on multiple tabs instead of one page.
  • Automation rules are limited.
  • Self-service portal for employees.
  • Ease of use for IT staff.
  • Great asset management.
I have used several ITSM platforms and IT issue tracking systems including Remedy, Spiceworks, ServiceNow, SolarWinds Service Desk, and Zendesk. SolarWinds Service Desk competes well with both Zendesk and Spiceworks because it has a complete ITSM platform. Service Desk's asset management component is very robust and tracks the lifecycle of assets very well, making it hard to beat by just about any platform. However, larger organizations may find that overall, Service Desk lacks automation and workflows that can be a good aid in any IT support environment. ServiceNow offers these two key items so keep that in mind.
SolarWinds support for Service Desk is a bit lacking. They are slow to respond to requests that require higher tier support. Their in-product support chat feature is nice and if the issue is a low tier one, it does the job. Details about issues on the platform are lacking when compared with other competitors but you do have the ability to sign up for outage notifications, which is helpful. Overall, their support could use improvement.

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SolarWinds Service Desk is a decent ITSM platform and is very affordable, making it well suited for small businesses. Additionally, the setup and configuration are simple so an experienced administrator, team lead, and manager level employee should have no issues managing Service Desk. If you are looking for more complexity with workflows, automation rules, and customization, SolarWinds Service Desk isn't for you.

SolarWinds Service Desk Feature Ratings

Organize and prioritize service tickets
Self-service tools
Subscription-based notifications
ITSM collaboration and documentation
ITSM reports and dashboards
Configuration mangement
Asset management dashboard
Policy and contract enforcement
Change requests repository
Service-level management