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What to Do with My Financial Printer?

evolution of finance blog
2 min read
Mike Rost
SVP, Investor Relations and Corporate Development
Published: June 11, 2010
Last Updated: April 25, 2023

Historically speaking, no one said that preparing external reports would be easy. To ease the burden, many public companies have retained financial printers to assist the process by EDGARizing documents, preparing the filing package, and submitting reports to the SEC. These relationships helped many companies satisfy reporting requirements. But what of the future? For companies that use the Wdesk External Reporting Solution, there are new options available.

With the External Reporting Solution, you can produce your own EDGARized documents, interactive data (XBRL) filings, and even submit documents to the SEC on your own behalf. By enabling you to bring these capabilities in house, the External Reporting Solution not only saves you money, but shortens the production time and turnaround time between revisions. It's that last part which excites many of our customers...any help easing the reporting calendar time-crunch is appreciated. Why wait 24 hours for a revised EDGAR or XBRL document when you can turn them out in minutes with Wdesk?

Then again, maybe you don't want to do it all yourself quite yet. That's ok. Much of the value in using the Wdesk solution comes from its advanced collaboration and external document drafting features, not just the EDGAR and XBRL capabilities. You can still use outside services (such as those provided by your financial printer) along with Wdesk, if you prefer.

  1. You can use Wdesk collaborative document drafting environment to produce a Word or PDF file of your report and then have your financial printer EDGARize it or produce your XBRL filing.
  2. Or, you can produce final EDGAR documents yourself using Wdesk, and then have your financial printer submit them to the SEC on your behalf.

Ultimately, it is your efficiency and success in producing compliant filings that matters to us. The Wdesk External Reporting Solution is a complete, end-to-end application for SEC reporting that enables you to be completely self-sufficient with your SEC filing process.

However, Wdesk can be used in conjunction with other services if that best fits your needs. For more information, please contact us to schedule a live demonstration.

About the Author
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Mike Rost

SVP, Investor Relations and Corporate Development


As senior vice president of corporate development and investor relations, Mike Rost is a key contributor to the organization's growth with a focus on corporate development initiatives, emerging business areas, and developing relationships with investors and key stakeholders. Since joining Workiva in 2015, he has served in various leadership roles helping to drive the organization's growth, including the scaling of Workiva’s marketing and partner & alliance functions.

With more than 25 years of experience assisting organizations to optimize business processes, Mike has an extensive background in finance, accounting, enterprise performance management and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) technology. Prior to Workiva, Mike served as vice president of marketing at Metricstream and vice president of strategic marketing at Thomson Reuters. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade in product management and marketing positions for SaaS companies and held finance positions at Pillsbury and Rollerblade, Inc.

Mike has been active in industry associations, including the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He was also a founding member of XBRL International (eXtensible Business Reporting Language), the global not for profit consortium for open international standards for digital business reporting. He has also been a frequent speaker at industry conferences on subjects such as finance transformation, data and reporting, and risk and compliance technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and his MBA from the University of Minnesota.


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