RSA Archer vs Workiva Wdesk comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

RSA Archer
Ranking in GRC
1st
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
38
Ranking in other categories
IT Governance (1st), IT Vendor Risk Management (1st)
Workiva Wdesk
Ranking in GRC
7th
Average Rating
7.0
Number of Reviews
7
Ranking in other categories
Business Performance Management (12th), Financial Close Software (3rd)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the GRC category, the mindshare of RSA Archer is 15.5%, down from 16.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Workiva Wdesk is 9.0%, up from 5.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
GRC
Unique Categories:
IT Governance
36.4%
IT Vendor Risk Management
10.3%
Business Performance Management
2.9%
Financial Close Software
8.6%
 

Featured Reviews

Fabricio Oliveira Nascimento - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 13, 2023
Great support, easy to deploy, and scalable
We use RSA Archer to connect to the purchasing department so that vendors can sell new projects, and we can connect these sales to our project management. This solution connects both areas to develop demand and activities, allowing us to control technical resources and manage hours. RSA Archer also…
JD
Feb 1, 2023
Straightforward to implement with helpful support and good flexibility
Like any piece of software, there are always areas for improvement. With this product, it's more about the integrated data model where you can have a one-to-many/many-to-one relationship between your policies and processes, risks, and controls. They need to showcase how you can put those pieces together. That could always be enhanced and improved so that I could test once and leverage it across multiple risks and controls. The best thing that could do is just continue to expand the vision and the model, which is what they're trying to do. Likely what we need is on their roadmap, and it's just sticking to their roadmap and direction to put those pieces together that will help it evolve into a stronger product.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"Archer has simplified our security audits. It's made it easier to raise and trigger questionnaires to customers."
"I have found all the features to be valuable, including those involving reporting, the dashboard, notifications, email modules, the database and data input."
"Makes auditing much more convenient."
"From my perspective, because I've always done it as a consultant, I do like the way it is configured. They've gone into changing the application builder interface, so it is even easier. When you're working with users, it is really easy to show them how to do things quickly and how to configure, change, and design stuff quickly."
"Its user interface is pretty neat, and there is flexibility in generating the data. You can customize reports at any level. You can directly get reports in Tableau format. If you want to generate statistical data, you can create reports with graphs. There is an adequate amount of flexibility for changing the format, the type of graphs, etc."
"Good dashboards and reporting features; it's easy to gather reports quickly."
"It is a very friendly tool. We can easily understand what is going on inside the tool. I like this tool. We can work with the tool for the ERP platform. We can create automated applications based on the requirements."
"It is enterprise-wide accessible. So, it is very helpful for all the employees in our bank. They can log in and do their risk management activities. It has a few inbuilt modules that are helpful for doing risk management activities, such as issue management, risk identification, risk assessment, and policy exception management. It also has some inbuilt workflows inside these modules. They are also helpful."
"It makes the compliance process more efficient and more effective."
"The collaboration within the platform is valuable."
"Workiva Wdesk has a flow diagram that is standardized, making it easy for people to file documents on ECDAs, which are in HTML format."
"The cross-functionality between connectivity, whether through API connections between different software platforms or the connection of data collection to the actual written ESG report, is highly valuable. The connectivity of all these aspects significantly aids in data assurance, which I consider a bonus."
"It helps you to maintain a backup of your data, including the connectivity with the tables, which provides a user-friendly way to handle and access your files."
"Workiva Wdesk is pretty good in terms of getting the data from the system, automating the reporting schedules...It has a very good integration with ERP tools."
"The most valuable feature is its ability to easily upload and update financial results, creating a dynamic data sheet."
 

Cons

"I would like to see real-time data, from vulnerabilities, and threats."
"GUI could be improved."
"In a future release, there should be an option to upload the main data."
"There were so many problems that we had found. One time, the search index was not working. We also faced slowness in Archer, but I resolved this issue."
"I would like to have the ability to build and maintain an inventory of personal data processing activities and assets utilizing a purpose-built taxonomy and data structure."
"The technology's a little outdated."
"The design and advanced workflow need to be improved."
"The user interface needs work. There are many small text boxes, like credit card size's boxes, where we need to input a lot of text. You can't see what you're typing beyond the tiny window, so you have to scroll or type elsewhere and copy-paste it. It's very inconvenient."
"Regarding the solution, reporting has certain areas that can be considered for improvement."
"With this product, it's more about the integrated data model where you can have a one-to-many/many-to-one relationship between your policies and processes, risks, and controls. They need to showcase how you can put those pieces together."
"At this point, I don't see a compelling reason to invest in Workiva. It may be necessary for compliance and controlling the version of SCC, but not everyone needs its high-end capabilities."
"The most critical issue is the need to shift between uppercase and lowercase."
"One area where Workiva Wdesk could improve is by ensuring that its cloud-based system is fully compatible with the most current versions of PowerPoint and Excel."
"The speed must be improved."
"The tool's script encoding needs to be updated to make it more user-friendly and less of a manual process when changes are made to a company's program. Those changes happen frequently due to mandatory or voluntary reporting requirements, leading to lost linkage connections that must be manually reset each time a change is made. This aspect is not functional now, and I see it as an opportunity for improvement."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"It is not expensive. It is reasonable. We only pay for the licensing."
"I am not sure about other companies, but it's quite expensive."
"The price of RSA Archer is good. The price isn't too high considering it is a leading tool in the market."
"The solution’s pricing is moderate."
"The license is costly for the solution, but the remaining set up and maintenance is quite cheaper."
"Fairly highly-priced, especially for smaller companies."
"RSA Archer's price is justifiable and not as expensive, compared to ServiceNow. I have heard that the licensing for ServiceNow is much more expensive. I'm unaware whether there are any additional costs after licensing fees."
"I am not 100% familiar with that, especially with their new model. I just know that the way they've licensed per user to scale is good."
"Our clients in Asia think that the solution is too expensive."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Educational Organization
47%
Financial Services Firm
14%
Computer Software Company
6%
Manufacturing Company
4%
Financial Services Firm
19%
Educational Organization
17%
Computer Software Company
7%
Insurance Company
6%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about RSA Archer?
It has various valuable features. For example, showing us if a control aligns with specific standards or frameworks helps us understand it better and verify its compliance.
What needs improvement with RSA Archer?
The user interface needs work. There are many small text boxes, like credit card size's boxes, where we need to input a lot of text. You can't see what you're typing beyond the tiny window, so you ...
What is your primary use case for RSA Archer?
We primarily use the system control module and specific IT control models for ongoing risk assessment activities. We use it on a day-to-day basis.
What do you like most about Workiva Wdesk?
The most valuable feature is its ability to easily upload and update financial results, creating a dynamic data sheet.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Workiva Wdesk?
Wdesk is affordable and as far as I'm aware, there were no additional costs beyond the standard license increase. We didn't have to make any other changes; it primarily involved accessing the platf...
What needs improvement with Workiva Wdesk?
One area where Workiva Wdesk could improve is by ensuring that its cloud-based system is fully compatible with the most current versions of PowerPoint and Excel. Sometimes, the features available i...
 

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