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Best Ticketing Systems in 2023

Software for Fast and Effective IT Help Desk and Customer Service

ScienceSoft will help you choose and implement a ticketing system to coordinate high volumes of tickets and enable knowledgeable and quick responses.

Top Ticketing Systems | Best IT Support Software - ScienceSoft
Top Ticketing Systems | Best IT Support Software - ScienceSoft

Ticketing System: Essence, Key Functions, Benefits

A ticketing system enables the collection of service requests from various communication channels and automates a request resolution flow, including request assigning, prioritization, escalation, and tracking. Here are quick facts to equip you with the fundamental knowledge on ticketing software:

  • Key functions that all ticketing systems support are automation of a ticket life cycle, knowledge management, self-service support, and analytics. SLA management can be implemented for more formalized service delivery.
  • Among the benefits of a ticketing system, a possibility to speed up ticket resolution shines above all.
  • There are three types of ticketing systems: a customer service desk that helps manage requests from a company’s customers, an IT help desk that enables employee support, and a ticketing system for software developers to track bug fixing in the course of projects.
  • Relying on ScienceSoft’s experience in ticketing automation, we recommend Microsoft Dynamics 365 as the best software for a customer service desk, ServiceNow as the best IT help desk system, and Jira Software as a ticketing system for software development projects.

Why Use a Ticketing System

Companies that have successfully adopted ticketing software report the following benefits:

Order and transparency, even with large volumes of service requests

Having a centralized system makes it much easier to organize incoming tickets, control their status and not overlook unanswered requests.

Omnichannel customer care

A ticketing system can be integrated with any communication channels your customers use when they need help.

Fast first response

With an automated, rule-based distribution workflow, tickets are not stuck in a general waiting queue.

Fast ticket resolution

Support agents raise their productivity with access to a knowledge base right in a ticketing system and AI-powered suggestions for a quicker search.

Smooth ticket escalation

Even if a ticket passes through several people (agents or a manager), they all instantly grab the whole context of the situation and previous communication.

Continuous service improvement

In-built reporting on service KPIs helps assess the service quality, while full process visibility helps detect improvement possibilities.

Features to Form a Full-Scale Ticketing System

Using our features list, you can set up automated ticket management. We also offer to create a feature list specific for your individual case and help choose a platform that would provide the relevant capabilities.

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Ticket management

  • Ticket creation from requests submitted via email, web, phone, live chat, social media.
  • Ticket prioritization based on urgency, SLA terms, or any other custom rules.

  • Ticket routing based on the expertise, availability, and workload of service agents.

  • Ticket escalation.

  • Response templates.

Knowledge management

  • Knowledge base for agents.
  • Content tool to create and edit knowledge articles.
  • Document co-authoring.
  • Contextual search of articles for agents.
  • AI-driven knowledge intelligence.

Self-service portal

  • Communities and forums.
  • FAQs.
  • Virtual agent to answer commonly asked questions.
  • Service request submission.

Analytics and visualization

  • Customizable dashboards.
  • Surveys to get user feedback for service optimization.
  • Incident root cause analysis.
  • Post-incident reviews.
  • CSAT reporting.

Service level management

  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
  • Entitlements (type and level of support).

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Types of Ticketing Systems

Depending on the purpose and target users, we differentiate between three types of ticketing systems:

Customer service desk

Used to manage and respond to customer inquiries. Often makes up a part of a larger CRM system. Its key value is in improving customer satisfaction and retention.

Implementation tip: integrate all communication channels with a unified omnichannel dashboard to help agents handle all interaction threads in a single place.

ScienceSoft’s choice: Microsoft Dynamics 365

IT help desk for employees

Used to collect and process IT issues reported by employees. Its key value is in supporting the continuity of business processes relying on IT.

Implementation tip: implement a standalone analytics app to monitor high-level performance trends of your IT unit and uncover their root causes.

ScienceSoft’s choice: ServiceNow ITSM

Ticketing system for software developers

Used to track bugs and change requests in software development projects. It usually makes part of larger project management software.

Implementation tip: set up automated notifications on task placement and updating to speed up the project flow.

ScienceSoft’s choice: Jira

Scenarios of a Ticket Lifecycle

A ticket’s journey is not always as simple as submitted-resolved-closed. An effective ticketing system should cover the following typical scenarios:

Scenarios of a Ticket Lifecycle - ScienceSoft

Top 4 Systems for Ticketing

We relied on our hands-on experience and also conducted market research to develop this list of the most functional and convenient ticketing systems. Of course, your choice will be conditioned not only by the system portrait but by your requirements. We can work with you individually to narrow the list down to one system, your best choice.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365

Best for: Customer service desk

Reputation

Leader in 2022 Forrester Wave for CRM Suites. Leader in the 2021 Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center.

Why we love it

  • Highly customizable ticket management.
  • Multiple communication channels (phone, email, web, chats, social networks, SMS, IoT sensors).
  • Agent productivity tools: AI-driven suggestions of knowledge articles and similar cases, scripts for customer interactions, chatbots to handle basic queries.
  • Customizable templates for user surveys to get feedback on the support team’s work.
  • Forecast reports for case and conversation volumes.
  • Real-time analytics reports.

Pricing

  • Professional: $50/user/month.
  • Enterprise: $95/user/month.
  • Voice Channel add-in: $75/user/month.
  • Digital Messaging add-in: $75/user/month.
  • Chat add-in: $60/user/month.
  • Virtual Agent add-in: $1,000/2,000 sessions/month.

ServiceNow® ITSM Platform

Best for: IT help desk for companies with 500+ employees

Reputation

A 9-time Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for ITSM Tools.

Why we love it

  • Incident management to track IT failures and restore services fast.
  • Employee service center as a single source of information and services. 
  • Virtual Agent ITSM for intelligent and personalized conversations with users to help resolve their issues.

Pricing

ServiceNow provides custom quotes by request

Jira Service Management

Best for: Collaboration-focused IT help desk

Reputation

Leader on 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Service Management Platforms. Leader in 2021 Forrester Wave for Enterprise Service Management.

Why we love it

  • Prioritizing, tracking, and assigning incoming requests from various sources (including Slack and Microsoft Teams).
  • Issue root cause analysis to optimize resolution guidance.
  • Knowledge base for employees’ self-service.
  • 45,000+ companies rely on Jira for ITSM.

Pricing

  • Free (for up to 3 agents).
  • Standard: free for one year for 10 agents.
  • Premium: $47/agent/month.
  • Enterprise: custom pricing.

Salesforce Service Cloud

Best for: Customer service desk requiring extensive AI capabilities

Reputation

Leader in 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement Center for 13th consecutive year.

Why we love it

  • An agent console with integrated telephony, digital channels, and a 360° customer view.
  • Trailhead (free online learning platform to increase agent productivity and grow skills).
  • AI-driven predictions, next step and knowledge article recommendations for agents.
  • Einstein chatbots.

Pricing

  • Essentials: $25/user/month.
  • Professional: $75/user/month.
  • Enterprise: $150/user/month.
  • Unlimited: $300/user/month.
  • Einstein AI & Analytics add-on: $50/user/month*.

* Requires an annual contract.

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Market-available ticketing systems can perfectly meet your needs. Your only challenge is to select smartly, factoring in your requirements, system scalability and performance, as well the pricing options. ScienceSoft can do all the exploratory work for you and present you with structured findings needed for your decision-making.

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How to Choose the Right Ticketing System

Veranika Kavaliova, a help desk manager at ScienceSoft, shares a tip that has helped many enterprises be fully happy with their ticketing processes in the long run:

Help desk manager at ScienceSoft

If your help desk’s load is high, you must choose a ticketing system with very flexible configuration and customization possibilities (Dynamics 365 is a good candidate) as you will certainly need to adjust routing, approval, and escalation workflows. Given that the flow of tickets is high, all rules must be thought through to the smallest detail.

Consulting by ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft will help you plan an effective and agile ticketing process powered by the best-suited system. Our role as consultants is to elicit your requirements comprehensively, foresee all challenges and risks, and achieve the best result from ticketing system implementation.

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Implementation by ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft will implement a ticketing system with all the workflows and entities fully tailored to your business. We have a full-stack team for ticketing system implementation: business analysts, technical experts in various platforms, developers.

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Success Story by ScienceSoft

Customer Service Desk Built on Microsoft Dynamics 365

ScienceSoft planned and built a comprehensive customer service solution for a logistics provider that ultimately helped the company reduce the case resolution time by 30%.

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is a global IT consulting and IT service company with 34-year history and the team of 700+ IT professionals on board. We advise our customers on the platform-based and custom ticketing software implementation and offer a full cycle of relevant services, from consulting to post-launch support. If you're interested in ticketing system for your business, contact our team to get more details.