Two Outlook helpdesk applications from kalmstrom.com ‒
is based on SharePoint, and you can use any
Outlook application where HelpDesk OSP is
installed for conversion and communication
with the callers.
The tickets are stored in
and you can
reach them as long as you have an internet
Folder HelpDesk is based on Exchange and intended for use in a local network. The tickets are stored in a database and/or in Outlook, and all the work takes place inside Outlook.
You can only reach the tickets when you are connected to the LAN.
Apart from the obvious differences with a web
based and an Outlook based application, and the
use of SharePoint or Exchange for storage and
information sharing, we want
to point out some issues.
Features that exist in
Folder HelpDesk but
not in HelpDesk OSP
Folder HelpDesk is a well established and much sold helpdesk application.
It has had many years to mature, while HelpDesk OSP is a
fairly new development. HelpDesk OSP
is a product for the future, but it cannot have everything at once.
Work descriptions and running summary of time worked
Multi-select e-mails to create tickets
Customizing .html templates for automatic notifications (With HelpDesk OSP notifications can be sent by using SharePoint workflows)
End-user web form
Some of the
Folder HelpDesk features listed above are not needed
in HelpDesk OSP, some can be accomplished with a SharePoint workflow, and the rest will come later.
kalmstrom.com Community Members may
upgrade their installations at no extra cost.
Things done differently in
Customize SharePoint list instead of Settings form
SharePoint views instead of Outlook views
Searching for tickets is done via the SharePoint search features
Only one data store: SharePoint/SQL
Closed tickets remain in the SharePoint list but can be filtered out in views or archived
Callers list ‒ another SharePoint list
Folder HelpDesk has more features than
HelpDesk OSP, but that also means that
Folder HelpDesk is more complicated to learn and
use. If you have a good SharePoint admin he/she will
do most of the configuration of HelpDesk OSP,
and HelpDesk OSP will be easy to learn for
the rest of the staff.
Folder HelpDesk user?
Microsoft has promised to
support public folders
for at least ten years more, so if you already use
Folder HelpDesk and it works well for you, there is no need to force the decision.
Furthermore Folder HelpDesk may be installed also in a shared mailbox!
We will not abandon Folder HelpDesk but
continue developing that application as well. Take your time and see what happens!
If you decide to migrate to a SharePoint based helpdesk
later, we have the solution for you. And as
Community Member you don't have to pay anything
extra for it!