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Likelihood to Recommend

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

This software is very well-suited to companies who find themselves expanding their footprint, the number of their Sales representatives, their territories, and/or their products and services and need to maximize their ability to both keep up with those demands whilst streamlining their proposal resources.Further, this is a very powerful tool with a lot of features and functionality including CRM plug-in and reporting. Thus, it may be less appropriate for a very small organization with only one product and that is also blessed with lengthy cradle-to-grave turnaround windows.In addition, to better the odds for success an investment in upfront personnel training and either a dedicated periodic window of time and/or dedicated person(s) for content upkeep are prudent.Finally, working with the vendor is a delight as they make every effort to maintain and deliver a product that both meets your needs and on which you can rely.
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Seismic

Seismic is well suited for organizing large amounts of marketing materials and allowing for quick discovery, access, and customization of those materials. Seismic is less appropriate for use cases that are a little "outside the box". It handles what it was created to do very well. Where we have run into issues is when we are trying to do something that the Seismic platform was not really created to do.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Proposal Creation & Organization

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
Proposal branding
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
Proposal templates
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
Proposal content library updates
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
Guided proposal creation
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
Searchable proposal database
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic

Proposal Collaboration & Workflow

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
RFP management & response
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
Proposal collaboration & approval
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
User permissions/proposal editing controls
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
Sales proposal workflow
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
Proposal automation user interface
Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic

Pros

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

  • Good way of maintaining responses
  • Gave other departments a basis to form their replies
  • General repository which helped with non-RFP content
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Seismic

  • LiveSend session summaries are very helpful in assessing a prospect's level of interest
  • I like being able to add multiple documents into the same LiveSend link
  • I'm able to work more efficiently because I'm able to keep my top pieces of collateral together by organizing my Seismic cart
  • I love that I can change the document name, and I like that I can customize my LiveSends to change the name and session time
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Cons

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

  • The library works great, but the process of moving files from one folder to another is extremely tedious. From what I've heard, there used to be a drag and drop feature in the library. I would like to see thy come back.
  • It would be nice to see the final word doc displayed in the project, without having to drill down into it to retrieve it.
  • The reports are great to have, but I would like to see a customer driven reporting tool.
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Seismic

  • Would like to see analytics with custom dashboards I could save.
  • I would like to be able to tie Salesforce opportunities to the assets sent.
  • A what's new feature would be nice to have to show sellers what was just placed in.
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Likelihood to Renew

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 8.0
Based on 32 answers
This has been an extremely helpful tool. I can't imagine going back to the previous process. And we looked at lots of other tools. This seems to fit our needs very well.
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Seismic

No score
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Usability

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 9.0
Based on 8 answers
The tool is very straight-forward and easy to use overall, it just has a few quirks.
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Seismic

No score
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Reliability and Availability

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Qvidian system maintenance is performed on weekends, usually at odd hours, and advanced notice is given so that teams can plan accordingly.
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Seismic

No score
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Performance

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Remote or VPN employees seem to have somewhat slower access time. Server maintenance has improved performance.

Finding occasional recurring prompts to update settings in Microsoft (Explorer, Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
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Seismic

No answers on this topic

Support

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 10.0
Based on 6 answers
The Qvidian Community site offers training webinars and our team all sign up for a couple of these training sessions per year. Whenever we are stuck with something, we go to the community and get assistance.
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Seismic

No score
No answers yet
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In-Person Training

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Live instructor training is expensive, though we have had instructors come to our offices for a ‘refresher’ before. The refresher was more of a “let us fix that for you” than a training on how to do it ourselves.
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Seismic

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Online training is limited in my opinion.
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Seismic

No score
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Implementation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 10.0
Based on 4 answers
IT works great. UPgrades are handled automatically. I was not involved in setup but I know they are there when we need them
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Seismic

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

We have been using Qvidian for years, when Compass was introduced in our company. Having spent over a year using Compass, I would not recommend it for writing proposals. In all fairness, that is not Compass' strength.Compass is ok for general document sharing for informational purposes. It does have a Presentation Builder function for creating PowerPoint presentations, but it is cumbersome and not very flexible. Specifically, the linkage is awkward and files may have to be re-linked when they are updated. In addition, the architecture only allows you to create a couple of levels of content. The search function is very limited. Compass is a newer project and has not fully matured.
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Seismic

I have used several different document management systems, but none stack up to the segmenting capability and ease of access within Outlook that is so critical.
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Return on Investment

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

  • Increased employee efficiency end-to-end from the RFP writer gathering content to parsing out questions to SMEs and populating responses back into the RFP
  • Made updating of content much more efficient (i.e. we have segmented responses by SMEs and distribute content to them twice annuallly for review)
  • Sales people can search for responses to prospect's questions on their own speeding up the response time and minimzing the proposal writer's involvement and time.
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Seismic

  • Increased seller send rate.
  • Improved content organization
  • Improved single source of truth for all content to protect against version control issues.
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Pricing Details

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Seismic

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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