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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 7.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • BWise ranks higher in 1 feature set: Governance, Risk & Compliance

Governance, Risk & Compliance

8.3

BWise

83%
7.3

Pentana Risk

73%
BWise ranks higher in 4/5 features

Common repository of GRC items

8.7
87%
2 Ratings
6.4
64%
1 Rating

Risk management

8.1
81%
2 Ratings
8.2
82%
1 Rating

Integration with Corporate Performance Management (CPM) systems

7.0
70%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

GRC policy management

8.7
87%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Incident management

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • BWise is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
  • Pentana Risk is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

BWise

81%
2 Ratings
7.3

Pentana Risk

73%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

BWise

90%
1 Rating

Pentana Risk

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

BWise

90%
1 Rating
6.4

Pentana Risk

64%
1 Rating

Support Rating

9.0

BWise

90%
2 Ratings
9.1

Pentana Risk

91%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

8.0

BWise

80%
2 Ratings

Pentana Risk

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

SAI Global

Well suited for general compliance, multiple initiatives, and integration with TeamMate. SAP GRC Process control may be better suited for an SAP environment. Oracle GRC may be better suited for an Oracle environment. Overall, BWise is a very cost effective, and flexible solution.
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Ideagen

Pentana is great for monitoring PIs and risks. We find it less helpful for monitoring projects (with the Actions module); it isn't quite flexible enough for our needs, though the support team have been very helpful in adding custom fields for us.
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Pros

SAI Global

  • Great reporting tool (uses SAP Business Objects). It is quite flexible on types of reports that can be created and supported. Also the reporting consultants are very competent and nice.
  • Highly customizable solution: almost everything can be tailored to an organization's needs, assessments, audits, issues, recommendations, tasks, etc. However, there's a trade-off between customization and the integration of different areas of the organization.
  • Increases visibility and efficiency in the organization. BWise offers centralized repositories (catalogs) that can be easily accessed and used by everyone in the organization (e.g. Process catalog, Policies and Procedures catalog, Risks, Controls, Laws catalogs, etc.). Also, the application allows findings on controls tested by Audit to be automatically reflected in controls monitored by SOX for example, without the need for SOX to retest them. So one area can leverage on the work of other areas increasing operational efficiency.
  • Increases integration and avoids silos. By choosing the correct design (e.g. Risk Workshops instead of Open Assessments), one area can see and benefit from another areas' work. An example was mentioned above; another would be Operational Risk area considering the results of Business Continuity, Vendor Management, Info Security, etc. assessments when carrying out theirs. Additionally, processes can be integrated: when contracting a new vendor for instance, one can include questions about data confidentiality and usage of models in the Vendor risk assessment. Answers to these could then trigger Info Sec / Model Risk assessments.
  • Increases accountability. Application provides full audit/change log with the type of change, name of executor, and date of change.
  • Easier follow-up. BWise sends automatic emails with reminders to the people required to take action on an issue, assessment, etc.
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Ideagen

  • Pentana is excellent for monitoring, recording and reporting on PIs. Very easy to use the PI module.
  • Pentana is excellent for monitoring risks at various levels (service, strategic etc.). Risks are displayed very clearly in a tree structure and the module is relatively easy to use.
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Cons

SAI Global

  • Integration with SAP for continuous control monitoring.
  • Control mapping to standards: ISO; COSO; COBIT; HIPAA; SP800_53 (NIST); FedRAMP; PCI_DSS; BITS; GAAP; AICPA; BSI; CCM; COPPA; CSA
  • Surveys.
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Ideagen

  • Pentana could improve the free Documents module that comes with Pentana Risk. At the moment documents have to be linked to an action in order to display query results (such as how many documents are due for review) - this can be confusing for users who don't understand why there is an action linked. There is also no easy way for users to see the documents that are assigned to them.
  • We would like to use the Actions module fully in order to monitor our corporate projects, but it a bit confusing for users and not very flexible when a project doesn't mirror Pentana's way of monitoring actions.
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Pricing Details

BWise

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

BWise editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pentana Risk

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Pentana Risk editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      SAI Global

      BWIse is very flexible, and an affordable GRC tool.
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      Ideagen

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      SAI Global

      I found BWise to be very intuitive and user friendly.
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      Ideagen

      Some modules are more user-friendly than others. It's sometimes not obvious where to click to update the fields (or even that field titles can be clicked on). We have written 'Howdys' to help users. There can also seem to be a lot of steps/clicks to updating risks and actions. The Reports module on Pentana classic is certainly not user-friendly, particularly the Report Layout and Charts modules - we were told these would be integrated into the web version but this hasn't happened yet.
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      Support Rating

      SAI Global

      BWise support is knowledgeable and responsive. Bug fixes and development are also timely and ongoing.
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      Ideagen

      The support team are excellent and always answer queries promptly. They are very helpful.
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      Implementation Rating

      SAI Global

      The main issues were managing the internal conflicts and competing objectives, rather than the capability and implementation of BWise itself.
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      Ideagen

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      SAI Global

      Wasn't personally involved in the vendor selection process. I am aware that one of the main drivers for selecting BWise was cost (I believe BWise total project cost was several times lower than MetricStream's).
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      Ideagen

      We selected Pentana because our neighbouring authorities are users and had spoken highly of the product and given us demonstrations; some of our staff were also familiar with Pentana when it was called Covalent. It seemed to be the best product on the market for monitoring risks, PIs and projects.
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      Return on Investment

      SAI Global

      • Increased employee efficiency especially considering incident management and follow up.
      • Increased visibility and senior management information/awareness.
      • Increased employee accountability.
      • Reduction of silos.
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      Ideagen

      • Pentana Risk has allowed my team to focus on other areas of work whereas before we would be manually chasing for updates on PIs and risk. Pentana Risk does the chasing for us!
      • We are able to produce reports for audit purposes very easily, rather than sending spreadsheets which is what we used to do.
      • New managers can easily inherit risks, projects and PIs and see all of this on a custom portal, saving them time when they start.
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