First, ACL acquired another company and created Galvanize. And we were told governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) would never be the same.
And I told you that ACL analytics would never be the same. In fact, I predicted that this acquisition meant that ACL analytics was dying (when I say ACL analytics, I’m referring to the Windows desktop version that they built the original company on).
Well, the latest merger is just another nail in the coffin that was carved out (pardon the audit pun) a while back. Again, the press releases emphasized GRC, GRC, GRC.
Was really anything mentioned about ACL analytics? Not really. And when was the last time you got an email promoting a seminar or a video about ACL analytics?
It’s all GRC and (fake) robotics. For my analysis of robotics, see ACL Robotics is NOT Robotics.
My other concern about robotics is whether you can keep your data on premise. ACL techs have told me you can, but the diagrams they showed me weren’t convincing. And if I wasn’t convinced, how do I convince my audit peers and the security team? If any of you have robotics and keep your data on premise, and you have TESTED that it doesn’t get uploaded to ACL, please post in the comments. I’m also open to hearing from ACL staff on this. That’s my challenge, so please convince me!
The other thing that is killing ACL analytics is the inability to deal with huge data files. I don’t know if the so-called robotics configuration adds more processing power. If you have run huge data files through robotics successfully, please post in the comments. By huge I mean AT LEAST 25 million or more records containing at least 25 columns.
Anyone who has tried to process huge data files in ACL analytics desktop knows that the software just chokes.
The larger the company becomes, the more likely management will start looking for cost cutting. Standalone ACL on the desktop will be on the chopping block. Why maintain a standalone version apart from ACL robotics? Especially if ACL sales and persistency are decreasing?
Like I’ve said before, if you haven’t started looking for other tools to replace ACL yet, you better start looking. The more you have running on ACL, the sooner you need to get started.
As always, I’m interested in what others think.
Are you still using ACL on the desktop? Do you have any automated ACL scripts running? Or is your group still using ACL predominately in menu driven mode without any scripting?
Do you think ACL desktop is dying? Why or why not?