What advice do you have for others considering RSA Archer?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering RSA Archer, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Make sure you know what you want to really do and pick the right modules and do a lot of planning, planning, planning. It's like building a house. If you don't do the planning, when it comes down to trying to build it, you really get screwed or the team gets screwed. And I don't think people do a lot of planning. On a scale of one to ten, I'd give RSA Archer an eight. It's Archer - there are days when their stuff is awesome, there are other days when the frustration level is way too high.

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For people considering this product, they have to be sure that it is a product that could really do what they need it to do. Mostly any workflow can be implemented in the process in the application if they want to build it. The best thing would probably be that they should just try it and see. I would definitely recommend this product, but it may not be the tool everyone likes the best. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate RSA Archer as a nine-out-of-ten.

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My advice for anybody considering this solution is that if you are a mature organization then this is the best tool to use. It has cross-disciplinary functionalities in which multiple teams can be using the same solution. Companies who are not yet mature, but want to develop, can use this tool as a baseline that will help them mature. It has the entire process. It will help you streamline what you want, have visibility of what you need, and you can build up. Basically, it's a central repository for everything. We have enterprise architects who are interested in this solution because of the Enterprise module, and it's capabilities. Having all of the information connected, within itself, is the best value that you can have. I, myself, wanted to become an expert and certified in using this tool. The only thing that stopped me was the lack of bullet chart capabilities in reporting. It's what is holding me back. Without the support for bullet charts, the visibility that we need is lacking. For example, if there is a textual date like the 25th of April 2020, for us there is no visible representation of the date. A bullet chart will tell you how far it is, how far we have come already, and what the target is to get there. This is an amazing tool, but without that graphical representation, it just puts that aside. This is why I'm trying to find another tool that will compensate for that. I would rate the closest runner-up to this solution a six out of ten, with all of the other solutions somewhere below that. When it comes to this solution, I would rate it an eight out of ten.

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