[rt-users] RT vs ........
cpwe at deakin.edu.au
Mon Apr 4 07:49:04 EDT 2005
Let me first say I am being sincere here with my questions. I simply
wish to find reasons to keep RT over Track-IT. It's solid and does a
Need your thoughts. I wish to keep RT, unfortunately it seems it's not a
case of apple for apples, and my workmate puts together some good points
and Track-IT seems feature rich. Mind you that unlike what he says about
us putting RT in to get us started was crap. No one in their right mind
installs RT on Mandrake linux as a short term stop gap.
The way he puts things makes track-it definitely is much more feature rich.
From what he says below, Track-it seems to be much more than just a
Any points in favour of RT?
Anyone usedTrack-IT or know about it?
Anything better than these two products?
Anyone contract offer setup support for RT? As the prices my workmate
found on the Bestpracticle site are beyond our scope
Your thoughts? Please note that when I drafted my email to him, I did
not know what exactly the product was he was looking at.
Begin my original message
Over the weekend I enabled the following in RT:
1. Job - Escalation
o Jobs are escalated every 24 hours. They are set to highest
priority after 4 days (I est 4 days to be when we have
resolved most jobs by.)
2. End user - Self service web interface - users can check / add
jobs to the queue - requested by Pauld
3. Reminded - via email - sends a list of open/new jobs with
priorities to the help desk operator
o You are reminded via email about the following:
o New jobs from two days of creation
o Jobs still open every 7 days
Other requests Todo.
o Knowledge base - is installed not yet configured.
o Add sender's name to his/her job in the "new" jobs list in
o Enable Active directory authentication for Self Service web
The system supports overlays, so one can customize any aspect of
the helpdesk with little interruption to future upgrades. Nice
feature. ie. Someone on the list is working on a wizard interface
standard web interface) for users. Users can use a wizard to guide
them though the steps of adding jobs to the helpdesk.
Clarification on Friday's meeting
In relation to changing helpdesk systems, I'm not sure I explained
my view clearly in the meeting, as the thought of replacing the
helpdesk came as a surprise, especially after the pressure
involved in getting it up and running earlier this year. I'd love
to see what this other help desk systems offers, however at this
stage, I'm not convinced investing $5,000.00+ for a new helpdesk
will offer any significantly better benefits other than some basic
features (remote desktop, etc) already offered by Microsoft and
others for free.
One question raised in the meeting was that of having time to
enable helpdesk features in a timely manner. In addition to us
looking at this other helpdesk system, I'd like to get costs for
commercial support for the existing RT helpdesk system? As the
company that offers this product away also offers commercial
support. I think there are others too. I'd believe this could be
cost effective way of getting all the features we need.
Can you email me web site of the new helpdesk mentioned in the
meeting for assessment. TA
Workmates reply to my original email -------------------------------
I do not think that the RT Helpdesk has the ability to cover all aspects
of what we require. I think it is a great Free Package. But being free
does not mean that it is really free. The reason RT was deployed was
because we needed something to start tracking the work load and it has
done that job to an extent. It has also enabled us to develop a better
understanding of how helpdesk software works, and what we require as an
application with time for configuration and maintenance. Here is the
cost for installation support from the RT Helpdesk website_
As the creator of RT and its related products, we are the most
knowledgeable company around when it comes to installing RT and RT-based
o $2000 for up to six hours of installation and
o Installation support does not include configuration over and
above the defaults recommended by Best Practical.
o If we believe installation will take more than six hours, we
will attempt to notify you immediately so you can decide
whether we should continue for an additional charge.
We also offer customized support packages designed to meet specific
Academic discounts are available.
And here is the Application support (I am not sure what currency that
this is in I would guess it is in US dollars)
*Bronze Level Support ($1,500 per quarter, $6,000 per year)*
For companies processing less than 1,000 tickets per quarter in one
o Best Practical will respond to four separate incident
support requests per quarter.
o Best Practical will use reasonable efforts to respond to
incident support requests within one business day of receipt
o Support requests come via e-mail, sent by your company's
designated customer representative.
o _Installation support <installation.html>_ is not included.
o Additional support (e.g. for additional ticket databases)
available at $200 per hour for a minimum of four hours.
I suppose that you could look at it like the difference between Cisco
and Alloy networking products, RT Helpdesk is like an Alloy switch that
will do the job but not have all the bells and whistles of the Cisco
Helpdesk like the Pacen Track-It helpdesk system.
The commercial products offer significantly greater amount of benefits
not only remote desktop support as can be seen by there brief
descriptions below. From reading the full feature list of RT it does not
come close to being able to compete with either of these helpdesk
I received an email from ManageEngine_
Some of the features of this HelpDesk are: Self-Service Portal,
Service Level Agreement to keep track of warranty Ends,
Integrated NMS (Auto ticket generation on failure of network devices or
applications monitored by OpManager. Centralized tracking of all network
failure related tickets which is very helpful during auditing. Timely
notice ability and rectification of network failures which results in
maximum uptime of all your network devices and applications. )
Hardware and Software Inventory,
Software Licence Tracking,
Purchase Order Tracking,
Another one probably the best I have come across is this one from
Some of the Features of this one
Intuit® Track-It!® 6.5 Enterprise Edition A perfect solution for IT
departments with three or more technicians who manage and support
thousands or more assets and large numbers of end users at multiple
locations. Edition, Enterprise Edition adds advanced help desk and asset
management capabilities. Advanced asset management features allow
customers to leverage their existing IT infrastructure - including
databases, servers and Microsoft Active Directory.
The Add-On Modules Intuit® Track-It!® Alert Provide technicians with
notification and escalation capabilities using pager and email. Intuit®
Track-It!® Audit Collect detailed hardware and software information from
Windows® 9x, NT, 2000 and XP systems. Intuit® Track-It!® Audit Plus
Manage and initiate auditing from a central console for added
flexibility Intuit® Track-It!® Deploy Install and update software on
every local, mobile and remote PC, laptop or server across your entire
organization - without leaving your PC. Intuit® Track-It!® KnowledgeBase
Boost first-level help desk technician productivity by giving them
instant access to thousands of problems/resolutions to leading
applications including Microsoft®, Netscape®, Novell®, Lotus®, Adobe®,
Symantec® and more. Intuit® Track-It!® Mac Audit Collect detailed
hardware and software information from Apple® Macintosh® 8.x and OS X to
10.x computers on your network. Intuit® Track-It!® Receive Captures
emails from applications, network management tools and end users, and
automatically converts them to work orders. Additionally, users can
check the status of their work orders and add additional information.
Intuit® Track-It!® Remote Provide technicians with the ability to
remotely control PCs from within Intuit Track-It!, including
bi-directional file transfers and chat sessions. Intuit® Track-It!® Sync
Enable technicians to create, edit and close work orders remotely with
handheld computers that support synchronization with Microsoft® Outlook®
2000 and 2002. Intuit® Track-It!® Self Service Give users the ability to
submit work orders including attachments , view status of their work
orders and messages from help desk staff, search Intuit Track-It!
Solutions for self help, and perform an audit on their PC. Intuit®
Track-It!® Self Service Plus Add your own problem/solution entries to
the database and allow end-users to search for solutions in freeform
style. Intuit® Track-It!® Technician Web Give technicians seamless
access to Intuit Track-It! from a browser. Intuit Track-It! Remote users
can take remote control of PCs using a browser.
I have emailed the local suppliers to get back to me with a quote and
also requested a 3 Month Trial Key for the software.
So as we can test the software.
End Workmates comments -------------------------------
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