Open Source Help Desks

May 4, 2009

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Last month we decided that we needed something a bit stronger than Basecamp for logging IT support requests. So it was time again to look at open source helpdesk solutions. Here is a brief summary of our research.

Our requirements are:-

  • Easy and fast to log support calls
  • Web based
  • Customer and contract driven
  • Knowledge Base
  • Service Level Agreements – Reports
  • Friendly and professional looking
  • PHP / Perl based
  • Isn’t a dead project

 

  1. Asset Tracker – Old, not easy on the eye
  2. Astres – Written in French and designed for Civil aviation
  3. BATTS – Couldn’t see any screen shots or documentation, felt too technie
  4. BugTracker.NET – Needs Windows Server ASP.NET
  5. Bugzilla – Designed more for software development than IT support
  6. DITrack – Command line driven
  7. Double Choco Latte – Maybe a dead project? Doesn’t look too appealing.
  8. Eventum – Software development rather than IT support
  9. Helpdesk Reloaded – Looks dated
  10. Helpdesk Issue Management – No Knowledge base or statistic
  11. Information Resource Manager – I looked at this one a couple of years ago but appears the project is now dead

This list was made up from

http://www.opensourcehelpdesklist.com/

In the end we decided to give Sitracker a bash. Hopefully post an update in the future on how we’ve got on with it.

Related posts:

  1. Open Source Helpdesk Software – Part One
  2. Open Source HR Software (Human Resources)
  3. BBC Explanation of Open Source
  4. Getting Started with Open Source Software
  5. Open Source Auditing Software





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