SOURCE: Archer Technologies

Archer Technologies

October 28, 2009 09:45 ET

Archer Technologies Receives Acclaimed Industry Award for Successful Social Networking Technology

Archer's Community Recognized for Fostering Collaboration Among Fortune 1000 Risk and Compliance Experts

OVERLAND PARK, KS--(Marketwire - October 28, 2009) - Archer Technologies, a provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions, today announced that the Archer E-GRC Ecosystem has been honored with a Forrester Groundswell Award in the Business-to-Business: Embracing category. The Forrester Groundswell Awards, which recognize excellence in achieving business and organizational goals with social technology applications, were announced this week at the Forrester Consumer Forum in Chicago.

"Every year the quality of business social applications goes up, and marketers become more sophisticated," said Josh Bernoff, senior vice president, idea development at Forrester and coauthor of "Groundswell." "This year's winners stood out in a very competitive field; all of them demonstrate not just creative use of social technologies, but impressive, measurable results."

A primary component of the Archer E-GRC Ecosystem, the Archer Community is an online social network that enables collaboration among Archer clients, partners and product experts. Community members actively share ideas, vote for product enhancements, and discuss risk and compliance trends that help guide Archer's product roadmap.

Since the Archer Community was launched in October 2007, it has seen the following results:

--  More than 2,600 risk and compliance professionals have joined the
    Community, with nearly 1,100 new members in 2009 alone.
--  Community members have submitted over 1,500 product enhancements
    ideas, and Archer will deliver on 200 of those ideas in its 5.0 release,
    scheduled for late 2009.
--  Members have downloaded more than 30,000 resources, including training
    materials, product documentation and case studies.
--  Forum participants have posted over 2,500 questions and responses,
    fostering a client-to-client support system.
--  Through the Community video center, members have access to more than
    50 case study videos from Archer's user group meetings, enabling them to
    see how other companies are using Archer solutions to automate risk and
    compliance processes.

"Community-driven innovation is the single biggest factor in our company's success," said Jon Darbyshire, Archer CEO. "The Archer Community allows us to engage with our customers every day to understand their needs and goals. Additionally, we're enabling customers to talk to one another to build consensus about the product enhancements that hold the highest value to the community. This type of collaboration is turning a traditional approach to product management on its head -- making it more of a science than an art. We believe that this is the new model for customer interaction and product development."

The Forrester Groundswell Awards program was developed to support and recognize the principles outlined in the Forrester Research book "Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies" (Harvard Business Press, 2008). More information about the Forrester Groundswell Awards is available at

To learn more about Archer's use of social technologies to enable client success, visit

About Archer Technologies

Archer Technologies delivers enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions. With more than six million licensed users and a client list that includes one in four of the Fortune 100, Archer enables companies to manage enterprise risks, demonstrate compliance, automate business processes and gain visibility into corporate risk and security controls.

Archer's out-of-the-box solutions, including Policy, Risk, Compliance, Enterprise, Incident, Vendor, Threat, Business Continuity and Audit Management, are built on the flexible Archer SmartSuite Framework™, allowing clients to tailor the solutions according to their unique requirements. Whether deployed on-premise or via Archer's SaaS model, the Framework has become a go-to GRC platform for many global organizations.

Archer is the only vendor that delivers the Archer GRC Ecosystem™ comprised of out-of-the-box solutions, a flexible Framework, a robust user community, and an application and partner exchange, which provides clients the tools they need to build a best-in-class enterprise GRC program. For more information, visit or call 1-888-539-EGRC.

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