What we heard at the 2018 RSA Summit in Nashville


Ok, one week later and I think we’ve caught up after a jam-packed RSA Archer Summit in Nashville, with 48 hours of networking, education, workshops and fun.

This was our fourth year attending the annual RSA Archer user conference, and we continue to be impressed by the size of the Archer community (1,200 attendees this year!) and the increasing maturity of the platform and the programs that it supports.

Personally, I was struck by the number of people I met at the conference who have built their careers on Archer – as admins, business analysts, and GRC champions at their organizations. Many have become leaders in their organizations and are passionate about using Archer to build GRC programs that make a difference.

I asked the rest of our Iceberg team about what stood out for them at this year’s event. Here’s are some of their responses:

  • “AI and BI. People are looking to take the data and information that exists in Archer and do more with it. Things like trending and predictions, along with more useful reports and dashboards for their executives.
  • “The R&D investment that Dell is putting into Archer is starting to show some results. For me, the VRM side looked like a giant leap forward, and in other areas there was a lot of optimism for things like regulatory content and mobility. It’s the most encouraging roadmap I’ve seen.”
  • “I was happy to see at many of the sessions a strong focus on the business side (as opposed to technical), and about how important it is to be clear on your requirements and the business value before you start implementing a use case or project. What’s the first line going to be able to get out of this?”
  • “Executives want better dashboards and better information from GRC but in many cases they actually don’t know what they want. Several GRC leaders I heard from said that they have an opportunity to show some leadership and help executives understand what they should be asking, and what information they can get out of Archer to help make better business decisions.”
  • “Lots of discussion around best practices for implementation. Things like executive support, organizational alignment / breaking down silos, and also how do we simplify our solutions and stay focused? Or, ‘how much do we adapt to Archer’s workflow vs. how much should it adapt to us?’

A big thanks to our friends at RSA Archer for putting together such a successful event. See you next year!

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