It’s official: ACL is changing its name AND its spots.
I’ve claimed several times that ACL has left its first love (analytics) and doesn’t put enough work into their flagship product, ACL Analytics.
Correction: their FORMER flagship product.
At least they are publicly admitting it finally–they NO LONGER are an ANALYTICS company!
Not only is the leopard changing its spots, it is no longer a leopard, but a feral cat.
Here’s ACL’s explanation as to why they purchased Rsam and where they are headed.
Notice the following in the announcement:
- The reference to President Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” While the removal of the wall is a cry for freedom of those the wall entrapped, it makes me wonder what walls ACL is tearing down. The analytic wall? The input/output wall that keeps ACL from working with big data files?
- “..times have changed…” Agreed. But why has ACL lagged behind other analytic vendors for so long? Is ACL really going to change its analytics software and fix the problems: speed, user interface, add click and select transformation, etc.? See my previous rants here and here. Or is this just another expansion of their revenue stream?
- “Galvanize has two meanings…” I agree with the first 2 meanings the article mentions, shock and protective layer. The announcement was indeed a shock, and extra revenue protects the company and (you could argue) its users (from ACL’s demise). I’ve never had a problem with ACL expanding its offerings; it’s just that I believe it has been done at the expense of their analytic software, and ACL has never admitted it before now.
- “Our long-term plan is to integrate our products to create an end-to-end platform.” The only products from ACL that are NOT in the cloud at this point are the Excel-Add-on (a real bomb) and ACL Analytics. So in this case, ‘integrate” seems to mean cloud, and my earlier assertion that ACL analytics will be available only in the cloud eventually is on target, but it could be much sooner than 5 years away.
- The ONLY mention of analytics is in reference to ACL’s DISLIKE of being thought of as the “analytics company”. This is the most damning indication that analytics no longer appears to be a focus or perceived strength of this company. ACL provides no assurance (pardon the audit pun) to its customers that it will continue to invest in analytics going forward. We should just ASSUME that everything’s ok? Oh wait, we should attend the seminar in 3 weeks, where all questions will be answered, and we will be sold another pallet of products. Sign me up!
This announcement is especially interesting given that during a discussion in the 2017 ACL Connections Conference town hall session (that ACL management leads), ACL NOTED THAT less than 25% of those attending the conference use GRC. I can’t imagine that number has changed a whole lot. since then as their GRC platform is too cumbersome in my opinion. Most of my peers do not use ACL’s GRC platform, and several of them do NOT use ACL analytics.
Therefore, I also wonder whether existing ACL analytics users are fleeing ACL for other products, and that new users are not replacing those that are leaving at a fast enough rate. In other words, is the reason that ACL is trying to generate new revenue is because ACL sales are not enough to sustain the company?
For some time, I have been testing and using other analytic software. I suggest you consider doing the same.