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Freshservice is #5 ranked solution in top IT Asset Management tools, #8 ranked solution in top Cloud Management tools, #11 ranked solution in top Project Management Software, #11 ranked solution in top IT Service Management (ITSM) tools, and #14 ranked solution in top Help Desk Software. IT Central Station users give Freshservice an average rating of 8 out of 10. Freshservice is most commonly compared to ServiceNow:Freshservice vs ServiceNow. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 30% of all views.
What is Freshservice?

Freshservice is a Cloud-based IT Service Desk and IT Service Management (ITSM) solution that currently serves more than 13000 SMB, mid-market, and enterprise customers worldwide. Freshservice is designed using ITIL best practice to help IT organizations focus on what’s most important - exceptional service delivery and customer satisfaction. Freshservice is part of the Freshworks product family, whose products include Freshdesk Customer Support Software, Freshsales CRM Software, Freshchat Customer Messaging Software etc. - with more than 150000 customers worldwide, including Cisco, Honda, 3M, The Atlantic, and QuizUp.

Freshservice was previously known as Flint.

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What users are saying about Freshservice pricing:
  • "Its price is great. Its pricing is supposedly a lot less than ServiceNow and other alternatives."
  • "The pricing information is on their website. It's my understanding that their Pro Plan, for example, is around $89/month."
  • "It is good for the price you pay. It has different plans. If you need all features, you need to go for a higher plan. Currently, with the second tier plan, you cannot completely separate the group of agents. So, the agent in each group can see another person's ticket. You also cannot modify the rules based on the viewable, readable stuff and cannot have a custom role in this plan. If you want to do that, you have to go for a higher plan. It works in our case because it doesn't matter if the other group can see our ticket because it doesn't contain anything sensitive. We also didn't need the project or change management features. That's why we didn't go with a higher plan."

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BJ
Senior Helpdesk at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Good workflow automation capabilities, great price, and great user-friendliness

Pros and Cons

  • "I do like the workflow automation capabilities, where based upon certain actions, it will automatically go and route tickets to a particular person. It is fairly user-friendly."
  • "The ability to customize the user interface is a bit lacking, and the reporting is a bit lacking because they're very stringent upon what you can pull reporting-wise within Freshservice. They have a lot of built-in reports that are very nice, but when it comes to customizing these, they just provide you with certain data. When you try to build your own report wizard, you aren't able to go and select some of the data that is shown in some of the reports that come with Freshservice. This is something that we have brought up with our account representative, and we have suggested these as feature updates in the future. We're still waiting on them to go and implement something like that."

What is our primary use case?

It is a solution for help desk ticketing, as well as for knowledge base and inventory. We also deploy a fresh service agent that actually goes and gets installed on all of our PCs and any of our computer clients within the organization. That provides Freshservice with inventory information so that we can go and track assets.

I am currently using the most recent version of it. It is cloud-based, so it automatically updates. It is a public cloud, though it is accessed through Okta SAML single sign-on. It is private in that aspect. I have a feeling that their services are on an Amazon Web Services server, but I could be wrong.

How has it helped my organization?

It has greatly improved the process of ticket triaging. In previous organizations I worked with, I know that most of the services that they implemented did have these capabilities, but no one was willing to take on the time and effort to go and implement some of these automations within the service. Because I went and took the time to go and do so, having the ability to just go and have a ticket get created, and then automatically based upon certain criteria in the ticket information, get it routed to the correct person on the staff and to the right department, works wonders. It helps improve the turnaround time. As opposed to what typically would happen in previous organizations where a ticket gets submitted, and it just kind of goes into a general IT unassigned bucket, and you're just kind of waiting upon an internal sort of honor system where technicians are supposed to be looking at the unassigned tickets. When they're free, they are just going ahead and taking it upon themselves to go ahead and work on an issue. They do it based upon the severity or the priority of the user involved, as well as the timeliness of the turnaround time that's being required. That's kind of a flawed system because if people just want to take a rest, they just don't really want to pay attention to the unassigned queue, and then oftentimes, tickets get neglected. You end up possibly missing SLA times, whereas now, because it automatically gets wired to the right people, SLA times are almost always met because there is not this whole game of employees kind of playing chicken as to I don't want to take it and someone else should take it. We are not leaving it to an honor system as to having people take tickets.

What is most valuable?

I do like the workflow automation capabilities, where based upon certain actions, it will automatically go and route tickets to a particular person. It is fairly user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

The ability to customize the user interface is a bit lacking, and the reporting is a bit lacking because they're very stringent upon what you can pull reporting-wise within Freshservice. They have a lot of built-in reports that are very nice, but when it comes to customizing these, they just provide you with certain data. When you try to build your own report wizard, you aren't able to go and select some of the data that is shown in some of the reports that come with Freshservice. This is something that we have brought up with our account representative, and we have suggested these as feature updates in the future. We're still waiting on them to go and implement something like that.

Their support could be improved. In the user interface of their website, it can be a little bit difficult to navigate to get support. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for the past almost four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The only hiccups I've seen are due to having integrated with Okta. We've run into some problems with the Okta integration, but that's because they're different systems, and whenever you're dealing with APIs trying to manage the connection between services, you do run into issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability seems good. We've more than doubled in size since we first implemented it. It has been able to handle that amount of growth. However, reporting and customization of the user interface for your different service catalog forms could be improved. Just the fact that they're not very customizable is a problem for further scalability, but for the price, it is pretty good. 

We have about 300 employees across all departments who use this solution. It is being extensively used at the moment in the organization. Its usage will increase even more with growth in the company. We're constantly adding new employees.

How are customer service and support?

That would actually be another area they can improve because I feel like the ability to go in and contact support is a little bit hidden in the user interface of their website. It can be a little bit difficult to navigate to get support. Once you do get a hold of them, the support reaction time is adequate. It is not the best I've seen, but they do generally respond within a day and a half. I would rate them a six out of 10.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Neutral

How was the initial setup?

It is fairly user-friendly. It is just when you're already kind of dealing with tickets coming in and you're the person in charge of dealing with the tickets and modifying the site and configuring it to where it becomes more useful for you, it gets difficult. That's because there are lots of ways to customize it. To make it as boisterous as what we've done is just time-consuming. You need to find the time to be able to go and utilize all their features. You just can't go and have it right off the bat configured because every organization is going to want to manage these things in a different manner. It's just time-consuming to go and configure all different features.

What about the implementation team?

They kind of just go over different features, and they do offer professional services, which I believe are a bit pricey. I have pretty much been figuring it on my own and reading up on my own to figure out how to do it.

I also take care of its maintenance. Technically, the backend stuff is handled by Freshservice themselves because it is a SaaS-based service. I just kind of handle administration of user accounts as well as the administration of the user interface and some of the different features, but the actual server is somewhere on Amazon. I'm guessing it is an Amazon Web Services server somewhere, and Freshservice is managing it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its price is great. Its pricing is supposedly a lot less than ServiceNow and other alternatives.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good solution for the price point. Just don't expect it to be the greatest IT ticketing service that you've ever utilized because customization is lacking and support could be improved, but for user-friendliness, it is pretty good. It has a user-friendly interface.

I would rate it an eight out of 10 because the price is great and user-friendliness is great. They could improve on how customizable it is, but I do understand that it comes with a lower price.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Cesar Quiroz
CIO at Grupo Kasto
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use and implement with a good user interface

Pros and Cons

  • "The overall functionality of the product is excellent."
  • "The product should look at BCM or ServiceNow and see if there are features that would make nice additions. It would help them stay competitive."

What is our primary use case?

We're primarily using the solution for incident management. We use it for ticketing for end-users. We are using also all the functionality around change management, release management, and this year we implement project management and software license management. We also make use of the analytics.

What is most valuable?

The analytics are very good.

The solution offers very nice incident management.

The overall functionality of the product is excellent.

The change management is helpful. They have an agent that we installed in every single asset. We have the inventory for all assets automatically.

Contract management is very valuable for us as an IT department, as we have the information for every single computer across the company.  

We are starting to use the project management aspects right now. We have different projects and we have all information in the same solution, in the same place. It makes everything more centralized and easier to access. 

The user interface is very nice and the solution is easy to use. You don't need to be an expert in order to navigate around and use the product. You don't need to read a lot of manuals in order to figure everything out. It's pretty intuitive.

What needs improvement?

While we're just starting with project management, I foresee some limitations with it two or three years down the line. The functionality we will likely need just isn't there right now. It's still very, very basic in terms of the offering.

For example, measuring progress can be tricky. If you finish the sub-tasks and not the main task, it doesn't calculate the project's progress correctly.

It would be nice if there were some standard KPIs around, for example, performance or support. It would help with budgeting.

The product should look at BCM or ServiceNow and see if there are features that would make nice additions. It would help them stay competitive.

For how long have I used the solution?

We started using the solution 36 months ago. It's probably been close to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is quite good. We don't have crashes. It doesn't freeze. there aren't bugs or glitches. It's reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay. However, if you have more than 100 or 200 agents how the performance will be.

We had started with five, then with 10, then with 15 and now we have 20 or more. We don't need to report or to ask that they increase the capacity planning or anything of that nature. It was very transparent and so far very easy for us to scale up.

We may increase usage in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been very good. Their response times are very fast - faster than other competitors. We haven't really had any big problems with the product at this point. Therefore, we haven't really used them that much. However, we are quite satisfied with the level of service they provide.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

While I haven't used a different solution at this particular company, I have used other solutions in the past, such as BMC and ServiceNow.

Freshservice is more stable and easier to use. It's also less expensive. It may not e as big as other offerings, however, for small and medium-sized organizations, it's quite good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. It was not overly complex. We didn't run into too many issues.

We constructed everything and handled the setup was in one day. Three days later we had to start with all the functionality and the implementation for the entire company including the change management process, the training, etc. Everything was done in less than one month.

What about the implementation team?

We didn't need a consultant or any type of expert in order to handle the implementation. We handled everything ourselves.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing information is on their website. It's my understanding that their Pro Plan, for example, is around $89/month.

There aren't additional costs on top of this. The price you see on the website is the price they charge and the price you pay.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers and end-users.

I'm not sure of which version of the solution we are using. They recently changed the names of their services. While we were previously using what I believe was called Enterprise, which is now called Pro.

We may continue to use, not just this solution, but other Freshworks options in the future. We've recently asked the company to put together webinars for our company to learn more about their offerings.

I'd recommend this solution. In fact, I already have - to other CIOs. The pricing is very straightforward, and the solution is easy to use. It's not overly technical.

Overall, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

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Network Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Useful for tracking, merging, and assigning tickets

Pros and Cons

  • "We find its ability to track what's going on with each request very valuable. We are also able to merge ticket requests and assign them to different groups in the company. We have another department that uses the same system."
  • "They can improve the search. While searching the inventory, when I cancel a selected category, the search box disappears, and I have to reload the page. It is a small glitch. Currently, we can have only one plan per subscription. All users have to be on the same plan. We can't have two users for plan A and five users for plan B. It might be good if there was an option to have different plans within one subscription so that you can assign each agent to the corresponding plan."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for IT help desk purposes and tracking the inventory. Specifically, we use it to do ticketing for the end users to handle IT requests.

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to track what's going on and export the information. We then do some data visualization in Excel to get the statistics and see the number of tickets and their categories, which provides us more visibility about the things related to the IT help desk and user requests. It also helps us in keeping a track of the assets. For example, a Windows agent can be installed on client workstations to track the assets and check if there is anything strange.

What is most valuable?

We find its ability to track what's going on with each request very valuable. We are also able to merge ticket requests and assign them to different groups in the company. We have another department that uses the same system.

What needs improvement?

They can improve the search. While searching the inventory, when I cancel a selected category, the search box disappears, and I have to reload the page. It is a small glitch.

Currently, we can have only one plan per subscription. All users have to be on the same plan. We can't have two users for plan A and five users for plan B. It might be good if there was an option to have different plans within one subscription so that you can assign each agent to the corresponding plan. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. It doesn't have any outage or governance issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It can scale well. To scale, you just get more licenses. It doesn't have any limitation on how many requests you can have because the license is based on the technician or the agent. You can expand it if you have expanded your team of agents. It is flexible.

We have around seven people right now. About half of them are for the IT support and half of them are for the operations support.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good. Usually, their response time is pretty fast, and they do follow up to make sure that the case is closed. We always get the answers to all of my questions except one time when there was confusion in communication. I asked some questions, but they didn't exactly answer them. I again had to explain the questions. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have earlier used SpiceWorks for the ticketing system. We switched because we didn't want to maintain the system and do things like hardware and software upgrades. We just wanted to install a system and focus on the usage of the system.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is good for the price you pay. It has different plans. If you need all features, you need to go for a higher plan. Currently, with the second tier plan, you cannot completely separate the group of agents. So, the agent in each group can see another person's ticket. You also cannot modify the rules based on the viewable, readable stuff and cannot have a custom role in this plan. If you want to do that, you have to go for a higher plan. It works in our case because it doesn't matter if the other group can see our ticket because it doesn't contain anything sensitive. We also didn't need the project or change management features. That's why we didn't go with a higher plan. 

What other advice do I have?

Create a plan and know in advance the ticket types and the categories that you want. Plan the subitems and the hierarchy structures for these identified categories. After you've set it up, if you want to make changes, you would require some kind of workaround to translate one category to another. That's why it is important to make sure that everything is set correctly in the beginning. Apart from that, it's fine. 

They also keep on improving the product. I had provided them some feedback in the past, which they have already implemented. 

I would rate Freshservice a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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