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Cherwell Service Management

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Cherwell Service Management Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.4

/5

163

Total features

63

5 categories

Cherwell Service Management features

API
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Escalation
Alerts/Notifications
Asset Lifecycle Management
Asset Tracking
Assignment Management
Audit Management

Common features of IT Asset Management software

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Asset Tracking
Audit Management
Audit Trail
Barcode/Ticket Scanning

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Functionality

4.4

/5

163

Price starts from

189

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Total Features

63

Unique features

  • Budgeting/Forecasting

  • Milestone Tracking

  • Requirements Management

  • Requisition Management

Functionality

4.4

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3.8K

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55

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Total Features

182

Features in Common

43

Unique features

  • Interactive Content

  • Win/Loss Analysis

  • Routing

  • For Startups

Functionality

4.6

/5

949

Price starts from

12

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Total Features

33

Features in Common

8

Unique features

  • Desktop/Browser Sharing

  • Multi-Channel Communication

  • Remote Access/Control

  • Remote Monitoring & Management

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Derek S.

Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Total Cost of Ownership is the best in the industry

Reviewed 8 years ago

We had several systems at our company of the last few years. We have 20,000 users and over 400 locations spread throughout the world. We have used Lotus Notes, Heat, IBM Smart Cloud Control Desk. We went through major consolidation efforts for tools, people and processes. We are in the middle of a massive IT Transformation. We evaluated ServiceNow and Cherwell very closely with test instances...

Pros

Easy of use and intuitive nature.

Cons

Some current challenges with multiple developers working simultaneously. The DEV leadership at Cherwell is currently working to resolve this challenge.

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Catherine S.

Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Cherwell

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Flexibility and customization - if you have the time, you can build it.

Cons

ADA, mobile and browser apps (thick client for PC only)

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Jason S.

Consumer Goods, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Implementing Cherwell took longer than expected but the results were worth the wait.

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

I enjoyed the support user experience. The layout is customization and easy to configure to fit the needs of each team that uses it. The permissions are granular, I was able to configure views for several teams while keeping the content team specific. The Knowledge Base management is put together very well. I found the asset tracking out of box experience pleasant also.

Cons

I would like to see more UI themes. Managing the AD integration was very difficult without third party support. It is very import that a qualified consultant is used with setting up and configuring Cherwell to fit your needs.

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John L.

Law Practice, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Unparalleled Flexibility

Reviewed 8 years ago

The application allows non-developers to create their own scenarios and solutions, and engage your users with highly-configurable dashboards, reports, and forms. With some more advanced knowledge, you can easily turn a basic ticketing system into a full-featured platform for your company.

Pros

The flexibility and ease of use. The licensing model is extremely flexible and makes sense in nearly every business case.

Cons

The depth. While this isn't generally considered a negative, the software is so deep that you tend to realize there are a half dozen ways to do the same thing, and if you're of the mindset where you constantly tweak your apps, you'll always find a better way to do something, even if you don't have the time/resources to do so.

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Brian G.

Higher Education, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Cherwell is amazing software

Reviewed 8 years ago

We've been using Cherwell since August 2014, and have yet to encounter something we can't make it do. The ability to develop the tool with the access to the same tools and features that their in-house and partner developers use means that we can build the tool exactly as we like at very little cost, and it provides numerous ways to build integrations to other tools and services, without needing to develop expensive bespoke code. Going back to anything else would be unthinkable.

Pros

User community, ability to modify to meet our needs, variety of hosting options, a vendor who is as interested in making the best possible tool as we are.

Cons

The webclient isn't quite up to par with the installed client yet. This is my only real gripe.

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Picaso T.

Wholesale, 501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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A lot of features and functionality, plus easy to configure.

Reviewed 7 years ago

I was involved in the selection process, we met with CA, ServiceNow, Landesk, and two others. Cherwell hands down was the best we viewed because of what you get out of the box, the ability to make tweaks, those tweaks do not get in the way of upgrades, upgrades are rather easy and painless, they have other functionality that will bolt on to the tool by simply importing a file, it is offered at a fairly affordable price although I think all vendors quotes we received were expensive in my book but what can you do, in this case Cherwell was lower than others, and unlike some their licensing model is a blessing.

Pros

That it is fairly easy to configure. The administration course contained a lot of information but once you start to play with it and build things out its sort of like riding a bike for the first time, well maybe more like flying a plane for the first time.

Cons

The overall look of the ticking window, very busy, a bit confusing for new users to figure out exactly what to fill in and where to go next on the page. Different sections, different font sizes, the colors, etc. make a bit difficult to navigate around. Again, you learn it over time, but if it's your first time using it, or with our IT staff some people rarely use it, this can make it difficult to know where to navigate. We are still in the testing/learning phase and about to go live, it will be interesting to see if our system administrators continue to develop and enhance the system over time, which the should do because in the week long administration class we saw first hand how powerful this tool can be, or will they just leave it as is which is a rather simplistic go-live model.

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Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Easy to manage your change management

Reviewed 6 years ago

Configuration is easy; Workflow is very easy to configure. Good documentation & training is available online.

Pros

You can easily configure and create Incidents and Change requests; easy to use workflow and very well integrated with Microsoft active directory. Support is available as a community website and or as a phone call.

Cons

Cloud based and it can be slow once in a while, but works most of the time it is fine. It is getting better after our feedback.

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1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Ability to customize but not always in an optimal way

Reviewed 6 years ago

A consistent and streamlined presentation of employee service responses across multiple departments in our organization.

Pros

Organizes and streamlines our employee service responses across multiple HR departments. Reporting features are helpful.

Cons

We haven't always been able to customize optimally to reduce administrative burden. There are certain "statuses" we'd like to add that have been a challenge up to now.

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Robert S.

Information Services, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Widget disparity between client application and web browser

Reviewed 8 years ago

All widgets are available in both the client and web parts of Cherwell, however, the widgets viewed in a web browser lack the same visual quality that you see in the client. Mainly graphs and grids differ between the client and web so much so that either widgets are doubled to accommodate the differences or separate dashboards entirely.

Pros

The application is incredibly customizable. You don't have to figure out how to cram a custom process into a fixed application, you just create your custom process with all and only the things and functions it needs, but still have the capability to link it to existing objects and processes

Cons

The lack of web browser compatibility development. However Cherwell is a company that actually listens to it's customers and they are constantly improving.

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Catie D.

Machinery, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Cherwell - The Best

Reviewed 8 years ago

We implemented in 2014, and it was the best decision we could have made. Cherwell is great. It gives us the functionality that we need, and we don't have to be programmers to make changes. It offers integration with so many other applications. It can be used for so many different uses. It goes above and beyond our expectations, and we have been able to use it for more than just IT. We only wish we would have found Cherwell sooner.

Pros

The fact that it has so much functionality, and you don't have to be a programmer to make changes.

Cons

There's almost too much you can do with it, and not enough time to accomplish it all.

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Delcia M.

Translation and Localization, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Once you go Codeless you'll never go back

Reviewed 8 years ago

Cherwell has allowed our I.T. to really mature our IT and Business processes. We have made huge gains in providing our I.T. department with dashboards that provide real-time information. We no longer spend hours gathering reporting information. With Search Manager and Report Manager, you'll wonder how you ever did with out these. They are huge time savers and the best part of working within Cherwell Service Management is that you don't have to rely on Vendor support or Developers to re-customize and configure. It's all at your fingertips. Cherwell has certainly made our lives easier. We are looking forward to future gains that can be made with this super great ITSM tool.

Pros

It's codeless and super friendly

Cons

I don't have any cons at this point

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Brad S.

Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Cherwell Service Management Review

Reviewed 8 years ago

Cherwell was a very easy application to install and configure to meet the needs of our organization. As the sole developer for the app, with the help of a vendor to start, we were able to get almost everything we needed up and running. Since the initial rollout, we've needed only occasional vendor support for some complex integrations, but everything else has been manageable internally. Overall, great product and easy to use and administer.

Pros

Easy to use and customize.

Cons

Sometimes not as powerful as you'd like.

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DILIP G.

Financial Services, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Cherwell Review

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

It's very handy to have issues and changes log and assign to specific users/groups, we were using this software more than 6 years, it also sends notifications to respective users.

Cons

Performance point of view it's little slow.

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Neil A.

10,001+ employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Deployment in large global FMCG

Reviewed 7 years ago

Started implementing in early 2016 for multiple business service units HR, Finance and IT finance and IT and now live for all. Approximately 3500 resolvers and agents (including third party outsourcers) and a user base of 50,000 internal consumers.

Pros

Flexibility for all needs Features Cloud Based Licensing model (concurrent resolvers) Serves HR and Finance as well as IT Covers our global needs

Cons

Professional services arm is less developed and less experienced in project management Language translations model proved troublesome for our requirements of many languages

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Cliff T.

Consumer Services, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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High level of accurateness and flexibility

Reviewed 5 years ago

Cherwell Software offers one ITSM product which is aimed at companies with medium and high level of maturity. If you are interested in integrating a flexible and adjustable solution in your organization, then Cherwell Service Management is exactly what you require.

Pros

The company has expanded its ITOM capabilities and supports a wide range of third-party integrations and extensions. For instance, the example of such a platform can be Exchange Mergeable Application. In a few words, this application gives various opportunities for third-party developers to host their applications. In general, the vendor pleases us with the new program’s opportunities and abilities rolling out pretty frequently. We have given our preference to Cherwell Service Management because of its great visualization capabilities, user-friendliness of the program’s interface, powerful reporting, etc. With its help, our team has automatized numerous processes and tasks. The platform pleases with its accurate dashboards and incredible search abilities.

Cons

The company has a tendency to reassign account people. Maybe, the reason for that is the high speed of their self-development, who knows. But still, it may cause little difficulties. Where we see problems with Cherwell Service Management is that this program requires a lot of computer memory to run correctly. In addition, the program will be a real pain without a strong infrastructure from your side. What’s more, this solution does not have any web version.

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Robin J.

Government Administration, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best ITSSM Platform - Indespensible in Delivering Our Services

Reviewed 8 years ago

Cherwell implements 11 ITIL process out-of-the-box which helped an immature organization like ours start practicing ITIL. It's automation capabilities are vast and robust. The single best part of this product is its philosophy. It is completely customizable to fit your organization's needs and if Cherwell doesn't do something another tool does or you want to continue to use that tool, Cherwell integrates with many tools natively, through merge application functionality, and lastly through general customization. Simply put, if you can dream it, Cherwell does it...and if it doesn't, it will integrate with something that does.

Pros

Everything! It is customizable to fit my organization's needs. I happen to be a programmer, but I don't need to be to develop and configure Cherwell. It implements robust and customizable frameworks that allow you to use it as you need to. Cherwell doesn't dictate ITSSM, it's your partner in it.

Cons

The customizability allows unwary or naive implementors, developers, or Cherwell Admins to make changes that ultimately reduce the awesomeness of the product. The biggest area of this is in implementing business processes. Before making changes, consider whether you business process is as effective as it should be, rather than making the product implement a poor-performing process.

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Higher Education, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Standard functionality but horrible UX

Reviewed 5 years ago

We use Cherwell as a ticketing system for the help desk as well as change management system. The user interface is challenging, to say the least. There are frames within frames that have to be scrolled through separately to see all of the information. The text box containing the user's message is so small, it show the tiniest portion of the message. To expand it, you have to pop open a new window,...

Pros

Help desk tickets are tracked Released changes are tracked

Cons

User experience Look and feel of the software Search functionality Notification process Inactivity timeout

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André L.

Chemicals, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A good and reliable ticket management system

Reviewed 3 years ago

Good experience, the ticket management, the SLA tools, the filter tools, the access control and the idea of cloud based solution are very good differentials compared to the other solutions on the market, also it is reliable, on these 3 years using the solution, I could not remember any interruptions. Last but not least, the possibility to customize the solution, going through the development directly on the code is awesome, if the company has a programmer or a devolopment team, it can be totally customized for the company.

Pros

It is reliable to manage your tickets, the SLAs, the escalation plans, everything works perfectly right. Therefore, the option to use the asset management is pretty interesting as well and you can access it from anywhere without you have an infrastructure, it is totally on cloud. Another plus about the software, is the possibility to customize it, according to your company, if you have an development team.

Cons

Some features, like the agent to inventory the assets, needs to be bought apart from the software, it is something that would be really useful if it came together with the bundle.

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Maizy F.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Enterprise-Level Ticketing System

Reviewed 2 years ago

I really like Cherwell, and find it does meet our needs well for ticketing. I'm able to enter my information quickly to submit and process tickets. Great tool.

Pros

Cherwell is a well established IT ticketing tool, that my company has used for over two years now. We use it for incident reporting and journaling, as well as for our operation changes. I really like the robustness of it. It's user friendly, and has options and controls for almost anything I'd want to enter for the tickets. The software is customizable, and our admin team has tweaked things to be more in line with our company and uses. It has a clean smooth interface and does handle everything we want to do with our tickets.

Cons

When we first switched to Cherwell from HPSM, we did find the learning curve to be large, as the two tools have many differences. In general, like with any software, it does take time to get used to, but once we did get used to it, it seems rather smooth.

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Jamie H.

Retail, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Cherwell is a great ITSM that is easily expanded to the Enterprise

Reviewed 8 years ago

We implemented Cherwell in 2013. Currently we have incident, service request and change management implemented within IT. IT Projects underway are problem management, knowledge management and employee on-boarding/off-boarding. We also expanded the tool to Customer Service, Operations, Facilities Service and Supply Chain. Our next non-IT project will be implementing the tool within HR. The tool...

Pros

Configurability, flexibility and ability to expand beyond IT.

Cons

The report writer is difficult to learn and understand.

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Financial Services, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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An all-in one service management package that works but has issues

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, Cherwell Service Management has fulfilled its requirements. However, upgrades are finicky and deep customization really can take a lot of work. Some of them are straight forward and some really require a lot of time to get going, more so than you would expect for similar products. (Similar product are, less customizable, however, take less of a lift on what you can do with them which is a trade-off you need to understand going into it.)

Pros

While not always easy or straightforward, this service management product is highly customizable and can be used for a variety of areas such as a knowledge database, help desk, incident tracking, change management, etc.

Cons

Customization can take a lot of work and upgrades can often break functionality with no eta or workarounds aside from downgrading or waiting for a future upgrade (which could be a year+ away.)

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Chris T.

Banking, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Cherwell is a powerful, flexible software that is great out of the box

Reviewed 8 years ago

We did not have an ITSM software in place prior to implementing Cherwell, so we did not come in with any preconceived notions. The implementation was smooth and the PSO helped us customize the software during the process. I have found it to be very easy to maintain, upgrade, modify, and enhance. The Cherwell customer community is vibrant and the company listens and incorporates ideas and requests from its user base. Support is very friendly and helpful, and always willing to help me with implementing any ideas I come up with. I also very much appreciate their emphasis on participating in their community and supporting organizations who have a positive impact on our world.

Pros

The product allows for a high level of customization and is very easy to use, both from user and administrator standpoints.

Cons

The built in report writing leaves something to be desired. However, reporting through dashboards and searches within the system is a great alternative.

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Austin G.

Financial Services, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Highly customizable but watch for bugs

Reviewed 5 years ago

In the grand scheme of things, the software works very well. We are able to tailor it to meet our requirements for separating Incidents and Service Requests without too much of a learning curve. This has allowed us to obtain accurate metrics that were previously unavailable. The ability to customize everything has also opened up options for other teams to use the software instead of relying on email because other ticketing systems are too restrictive.

Pros

Cherwell gives you the ability to do almost anything you want/need to do. It's built in workflow (One-Step) feature is great for automating repeatable tasks. The extensibility and integration options are also huge benefits. Being able to link into pretty much any other application with a SQL back-end is huge.

Cons

There are quite a few bugs especially when it comes to the browser side of things. Customizing the Customer Portal lacks a functioning WYSIWYG interface and if you're a hosted customer, you have to open a ticket to have support restart IIS services before some of your changes go into effect. This makes creating/modifying a Customer Portal very painful. The Browser Client for technicians is also quite buggy. With the amount of "out of the box" features the software comes with, be very careful.. As some of these features are misconfigured out of the box and require either scouring the whole system or relying on a third party vendor who knows where the bugs are and can fix them. If you ask me, this is just a way to force you to use a consultant for implementation.

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Hospital & Health Care, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Cherwell ITSM very customizable

Reviewed 3 years ago

The overall experience has been good, the product is excellent, but you need to invest additional money for the implementation.

Pros

Cherwell is a robust ITSM, you can customize the forms, notifications, workflows, almost everything.

Cons

You need specific training to configure and implement the changes. Cherwell has partners and you need to contact and contract them for the implementation. They need to improve their content on the web for the recent versions.

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Alex N.

Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Feature rich and customizable

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Very much aligned with ITIL which is what our company is focused and built around.

Cons

Can be clucky at times, but that can be fixed with better customization.