ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus is a help desk software and asset management tool. ServiceDesk Plus integrates your help desk requests and assets to allow you manage your IT in an effective way. The software helps you implement ITIL best practices and troubleshoot IT service requests faster.
ServiceDesk Plus is a customizable and easy-to-implement help desk software with more than 10,000 users worldwide. ServiceDesk Plus is available in 23 different languages.
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus is a web based, easy to use Help Desk and Asset Management App with many features such as contract management, purchasing and knowledge management functionalities. It has an ITIL ready version too. By integrating Ticketing, Asset Tracking, Purchasing, service catalog, Contract Management and Knowledge base in one low-cost, easy-to-use package, ServiceDesk Plus helps you to improve productivity of your IT Service team and keep your end-users happy.
ServiceDesk Plus allows end-users to submit tickets through different channels. It automates important workflow tasks, as for example case routing, acknowledging requester, technician notification and handling of SLA rules. The solutions module allows you to document best practices and solutions to common problems in an online knowledge base.
ServiceDesk Plus offers accurate inventory tracking functionality across Windows and Linux workstations. It can also track software licenses and let you know the number of over-utilized or under-utilized licenses across your organization.
ServiceDesk Plus can help you maintain a complete product catalog based on product type, that lists all assets owned by your organization. It can generate Purchase Orders, send them through email and keeps track of outstanding POs & completed purchases. It also provides import of requesters & assets from .csv files & user satisfaction survey.
Best notable features are Enhanced Active Directory Integration, enhanced purchasing system with approver, business rules for better request management, ability to group similar requests and assign to queues, comprehensive custom reports, announcement boards, enhanced list views, billing based on time spent on request, HTML editors for solutions and notifications, ITIL ready functionalities, agent based scanning, help desk API, mobile integration & more.
Incident management, Problem management, Change management & CMDB has been implemented with all functionalities.
We used ServiceDesk in the ISP (Internet Service Provider) that I worked for. We nearly lost hope in finding good helpdesk software with ITIL compliance. We even considered building a home-made application. For two years, BMC Remedy gave us a hard time from a usability and performance perspective, in addition to their highly priced customization bills. Until, one day, a decent consultant forwarded a link to ServiceDesk Plus.
ServiceDesk Plus breaks the myth that 'java server applications are slow' and really shows that a high quality product with good efficiency and performance can be built using Java. It's all up to the engineers (and when it's slow, its all their fault).
One thing I learned from ServiceDesk; don't blindly trust Gartner reports when searching for good software. At the time of searching, Gartner Quarterly reports listed BMC at the top with no mention whatsoever of ServiceDesk Plus. I'm not blaming Gartner for corrupt information, I'm sure they have their criteria in place, but at the end, they're humans, they have their mistakes, biases, misinformation, etc.
1. Light-weight and highly responsive. Intuitive interface.
2. Wonderful 'Solutions Knowledge Base' side feature based on articles and with an excellent search functionality. (We no longer use Media Wiki, however I'm doubtful about dropping MediaWiki).
3. The ServiceDesk API gives you unlimited abilities to automate and integrate with other applications. For example, we were able to integrate Nagios Network Monitoring tool so that a high priority alarm could automatically open a ticket on ServiceDesk Plus.
4. I admire the effort they placed on their online documention with their and searchable online you'll hardly need to contact support.
Nothing major, but would like to see improvements in the following areas:
1. Provide a visual view of all entities in the system. Virtual Machines, Routers, Physical Servers, etc. using graphing tools.
2. Provide a searchable menu. For example, if I type "LDAP Authentication" this would show me the "Domain Controllers" in the setup menu (Similar to CPanel's menu search feature).
3. More help notes & tips on 'what to do next' and on 'keyboard shortcuts'.
Our company has been using ManageEngine plus ServiceDesk for our IT Helpdesk support system for several years now. Although this application has been reliable and used widely by our IT support team, it is limited on features and functionality. The support for the application from ManageEngine has been somewhat limited as well. If you are looking for a very basic IT support system, then ManageEngine's ServiceDesk might be a good fit. The application is just limited on what it can do and its ability to scale to fit our needs.
ServiceDesk Plus from ManageEngine is fairly easy to implement and provides the most basic needs of an IT support application.
ServiceDesk Plus from ManageEngine is very limited in features and functionality. It also has a fairly complex interface that is out of date. Our company has trouble tracking IT support tickets because of this limitation.
Likelihood to recommend
The product itself started out really poor in the early days (3 yrs+ ago). Nowadays with the current version it's still pretty unfriendly and unintuitive compared to the competition. Their price is okay and their support while often unfriendly and hard to coax into actually assisting, has been mostly knowledgeable and capable in our experience. It does all the basics out of the box and can be programmed to do more but it still needs a lot of help in being user friendly - for technicians and end users alike.
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When we paid for the software (before switching to the free edition), support was very hard to understand. While SDP is certainly usable, it has been growing increasingly unstable for us. When we have time, we'll likely look into a different solution, like Spiceworks.
The software is easy to configure. The price is right for a small shop (free for up to five users). If you just need something basic, SDP fulfills the basic needs of a help desk.
The page redirects are buggy. Clicking links frequently go 404 at random as it serves a page wrong. Instead of going to http://servername/workorder.do it will instead just try to go to workorder.do and not find the page.
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Organization is the best benefit that I received from this software. Additionally, maintaining proper process flow and accountability for resolving issues was another.
Feature rich! Automation ability is great. Affordable if you are going to use the features that it ships with. Additional modules available for additional features.
Setup is a bit intensive since there are so many pieces parts and features to configure and setup. A bit difficult to navigate at first when everything is enabled.
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-> Access your help desk anytime, anywhere using serviceDesk Plus iphone app.
-> Create SLA and provide quality services in time, to your end users
-> Flexible knowledge base with option to add unlimited KB articles and allows users to easily search the
-> Web based portal to submit service requests & Incidents.
-> Restore normal service of operation quickly with the comprehensive incident management
-> Eliminate the root cause effectively and put an end for firefighting of repetitive incidents.
-> Discover every asset in your network with the efficient auto discovery options
-> Provide structured and prompt handling of all changes in your IT infrastructure.
-> With the new agent based scanning, you can access any system from the remote network,
independent of their location.
-> Showcase the offered IT services to your end user and give a new face to your IT.
-> Scan your network and automatically discover all the software available in your organization
-> Stay informed about your tickets and keep your technicians and end users up to date on the status
of the tickets by email and sms.
-> Manage your purchases right from the birth of the PO
-> Auto assign feature distributes tickets based on the existing load on your technicians
-> Manage Contracts with different vendors seamlessly
-> Automatic email to ticket conversion using email commands
-> ServiceDesk plus allows you to import users and their informations from Active directory and LDAP
with a simple easy to use interface.
-> Archive your old, unused data and improve your helpdesk performance.
-> Support multiple sites and customize your configurations for every site according to their unique
-> Generate detailed reports about your Help desk performance & metrics.
-> Automatically reset the password, by integrating the ticketing system with the Active Directory.
-> Know the satisfaction level of your end users with the ServiceDesk Plus survey option.
With the aim to transform IT service desks around the world, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus is a unified IT management platform that covers essential functions: ticket tracking from creation to closing, IT asset and non-asset management, incident and problem resolution, infrastructure change management, service catalog, CMDB (configuration management database), purchase order and contract management, SLA (service level agreement) monitoring, and IT project management.
ServiceDesk Plus is equipped with a dashboard that displays in real time a consolidated, single view of support requests, infrastructure changes, software updates, and a whole lot more. ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus offers native mobile apps for Android and iOS devices for on-the-go IT service management.
Used by 100,000+ organizations and approximately 750,000 technicians from more than 185 countries, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus is an online IT systems platform focused on various IT management processes. The helpdesk management functionality ensures your technicians are able to resolve relevant end-user issues as efficiently as possible and keep your daily operations functioning as they should.
The IT asset management feature provides system administrators with the requisite tools to monitor and control the performance of their IT infrastructure, so they can minimize the possibly debilitating business effects of changes, problems, and incidents, get down to their root causes, and prevent them from happening again.
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus is, at the core, a helpdesk solution. The Requests tab in your ServiceDesk Plus portal aggregates all requests forwarded to the support team. Requests can be auto-assigned according to predefined business rules to the most qualified technician or support group, unassigned from a previous technician, picked up by an available technician, and edited to include a description of the resolution. A start/stop timer is also available to help technicians comply with SLAs.
Helpdesk requests come in two forms: incident requests, such as a printer not printing, and service requests, such as software installation in workstations. In the request list view, filters can be used to easily locate the requests matching certain criteria such as open, unassigned, overdue, due today, pending approval, and so on. Individual requesters can log in to their ServiceDesk Plus self-service portal where they can track the status of their helpdesk requests, as well as search the knowledge base for solutions to their queries. In case they forget their password, a self-reset password tool is available.
IT teams can showcase IT offerings to end users by building a service catalog. Each IT service offered can have approval workflows, SLAs, and tasks associated to it.
The ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus asset management module monitors and controls an organization’s IT and non-IT assets. These include workstations, routers, switches, printers, access points, hardware components such as mouse, keyboard, and printer inks, and even office fixtures and equipment such as tables, chairs, furniture, phones, and projectors.
Software asset management, on the other hand, helps you keep track of installed software licenses, how frequently the software is being used or if it is being used at all. Scheduled scans ensure continued software compliance by auto-detecting unauthorized software installations. There are also integrated modules to cover the entire life cycle of the purchase order and contracts management process.
The ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus project management feature allows you to manage IT projects, such as the upgrade of datacenter servers or replacement of phone devices. It contains features like a project workflow engine that moves tasks through to completion, project roles that determine a user’s access permissions, milestones so teams know how their efforts stack against the project’s objectives, tasks that make up the work breakdown structure and their dependencies.
A Gantt chart view for a quick snapshot into the progress of the project is available, so are timesheets, a project overview map, comments for discussions, and the History tab that lists every project event. Requests and changes can be associated with projects.
When changes to your infrastructure occur, the ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus change management module is in place to minimize their adverse effects and maximize the service quality improvement IT changes can bring to your operations. This feature follows a six-stage workflow process: submission, planning, approval, implementation, review, and closing.
Reminders regarding changes can be set up. Aside from them showing up in the Quick Actions dropdown in your ServiceDesk Plus screen, you can opt to send yourself an email hours or days before the changes are rolled out. Change-related notifications can also be sent out, even broadcast to involved users and technicians on their announcement boards.
ServiceDesk Plus comes with out-of-the-box reports, such as reports on incident and service requests, completed requests regardless of type, requests that violate SLAs, pending requests, time spent by technicians on requests, surveys, workstations and servers, purchase versus installed software, and many more.
Custom reports tailored to your unique requirements can be created straight from the ServiceDesk Plus user interface, as well as query reports, flash reports, and new scheduled reports. Report settings can be customized, such as the size of each column, the format of your reports’ date and time, if links should be disabled, and so on.
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus carries ready-made integrations with apps such as ManageEngine OpManager for network and incident management, ManageEngine Desktop Central for the management of Windows desktops, Zoho Reports for helpdesk analytics, and ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus for self-service password resets.
It has a REST API that allows IT teams to integrate existing applications with ServiceDesk Plus, so you can seamlessly share information between apps. The API also automatically turns monitoring alarms or triggers into helpdesk tickets.
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus offers three pricing editions: Standard, Professional, and Enterprise. Standard, which is forever free, covers helpdesk management and can accommodate an unlimited number of users, tickets, and technicians. Professional, which starts at $395 per month, includes helpdesk and asset management features.
The Enterprise edition, starting at $995 per month, comes with helpdesk, asset management, and IT project management functions.
Below are some frequently asked questions for ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus.
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus offers the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $495/year
Pricing model: One-time License, Subscription
Free Trial: Available
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ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus offers the following features:
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus supports the following languages:
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus has the following pricing plans:
One-time License, Subscription
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus supports the following devices:
Android, iPhone, iPad
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus integrates with the following applications:
Analytics Plus, Applications Manager, ComAround Knowledge, Help Desk Migration, ManageEngine Desktop Central, ManageEngine OpManager, Zoho Assist, Zoho Cliq, Zoho Reports, xMatters
ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus offers the following support options:
FAQs, Forum, Online Support, Phone Support