W. R. Grace - Wdesk Testimonial

 

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We had actually heard of Workiva back in 2009 when it was just getting started. We were still doing a traditional SEC filing. We did in-house with Word® and Excel® spreadsheets to combine all of our information and then sent it off to a printer to get the final EDGARization done and then the filing done.

When XBRL came along, we were really challenged in the pencils down period, and we've experienced a lot of pain in that pencils down period. We actually did have to make a change at the day of filing. It was stressful both internally, externally, and timely and costly. We had remembered WebFilings—and Workiva—from back in our original interviews, and we were ready to make the jump at that point.

So with due diligence, we looked at several other products and several other solutions, and we still determined that Workiva was the absolute best solution in the market place.

Workiva products have helped me just integrate and do things more on my time. There's no real office hours anymore. There's not a 8 to 5 or 9 to 5 job, 8 to 6. There's times where it might be 10 o'clock at night, and I just want to pop on and check something out because I have a half an hour to look something up. Or have a half an hour to check on things. So I can go to my iPad®, I can go to my laptop at home—not even my work laptop, I can log on to the Workiva solution knowing that it's in the cloud, it's safe, it's secure.

Again, just with the overall review, the dashboard kind of view, that helps me just to check in to say, "Okay, this makes sense. I'm on track. I know where I want to be," and I can do it on my time. At the end of the day, my stress level has come way down—I log on very quickly and get a good answer for me, so I can sleep better at night.

You guys are very good at listening to the voice of the customer and being the software solution to a real—life work situation. I just found so much more that I'm excited about to just keep working with the product and to keep working with Workiva to be more of a solution than just SEC reporting. It's more of an all-around work solution, not just a reporting solution for us.

But I also like to put a plug in for The Community. The Community is something online. It's another help feature in Workiva that users can go in to and ask and answer questions. I used it when I was starting Certification. There are blogs out there, there's really, really good solid information out there from other users that the responses are back and forth. It's a great tool. I would highly recommend anybody going into The Community and utilizing it. So, that's a great spot.

Word and Excel are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

So with due diligence, we looked at several other products and several other solutions, and we still determined that Workiva was the absolute best solution in the market place.

Workiva products have helped me just integrate and do things more on my time. There's no real office hours anymore. There's not a 8 to 5 or 9 to 5 job, 8 to 6. There's times where it might be 10 o'clock at night, and I just want to pop on and check something out because I have a half an hour to look something up. Or have a half an hour to check on things. So I can go to my iPad®, I can go to my laptop at home—not even my work laptop, I can log on to the Workiva solution knowing that it's in the cloud, it's safe, it's secure.

Again, just with the overall review, the dashboard kind of view, that helps me just to check in to say, "Okay, this makes sense. I'm on track. I know where I want to be," and I can do it on my time. At the end of the day, my stress level has come way down—I log on very quickly and get a good answer for me, so I can sleep better at night.

You guys are very good at listening to the voice of the customer and being the software solution to a real—life work situation. I just found so much more that I'm excited about to just keep working with the product and to keep working with Workiva to be more of a solution than just SEC reporting. It's more of an all-around work solution, not just a reporting solution for us.

But I also like to put a plug in for The Community. The Community is something online. It's another help feature in Workiva that users can go in to and ask and answer questions. I used it when I was starting Certification. There are blogs out there, there's really, really good solid information out there from other users that the responses are back and forth. It's a great tool. I would highly recommend anybody going into The Community and utilizing it. So, that's a great spot.

Word and Excel are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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