Discover Love at First Sight With Wdesk

Discover Love at First Sight With Wdesk
February 14, 2014

Discovery Communications, the parent company of the channel famous for Shark Week, has finally found another fish in the sea.

"We knew that the situation we had prior to adopting Wdesk was not really working, but we didn't know how bad it was," says Kristine Deringer, Vice President of Technical Accounting and Reporting.

Discovery's very manual process involved sending EDGAR and XBRL versions of a document to a third party. Anything that needed to be updated during the dreaded pencils down period took forever to implement. "I needed to change a simple date, and it took two and a half hours in the evening. It was ridiculous," Deringer said.

After seeing Wdesk in action, it was love at first sight for Erica Jacobson, Manager of Technical Accounting and SEC Reporting. "Everything seemed so easy," she comments. "It was as advertised for us. And you don't always get that."

The cloud-based aspect of Wdesk is especially convenient for the company who's slogan is Grab Life by the Globe."I can work anywhere at anytime," says Deringer, who makes it a priority to work from home in the evenings after her children go to sleep.

Deringer's team also appreciates the collaborative aspect of Wdesk. "If you're working in a team environment, it's the optimal way of completing a task," says Gaurav Dhawan, Manager of SEC Reporting and Accounting Policy.

Safi Majid, Senior Accountant of SEC Reporting and Accounting Policy, agrees, "I think that was probably one of the best things about it—we're all in this together. Wdesk has allowed us to work better."

Love isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Discovery Communications or the Discovery Channel. But after switching to Wdesk, Deringer and her team couldn't be more in love.

Watch the the video to hear the other members of Deringer's team discuss their experiences transitioning to Wdesk.

Mitz Banarjee

About the author

Mitz Banarjee is the Head of Global Client Services at Workiva. Over the past 10 years, he has been heavily involved with technology companies of all sizes at an operational level driving customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.