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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.
Gerald Thompson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

Seismic provides tools that allow for a seller to send a customer facing presentation or document to their customers in bulk. Then, through the insights provided, a seller can go into Seismic and see which customers opened the document, what pages or slides the customer looked at, and for how long each customer viewed that slide or page. Now, the seller knows what product or service this customer is interested in, and can not only prepare with this information, but can also jump directly into this with the customer, so there is no waste in preparing for products the customer won't be interested in.
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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

  • Using Qvidian as an RFP tool has made a difference in our RFP process, turn-around time, and content development. It's helped us streamline our RFP process so that we are able to produce the majority of the document before the kick-off meeting, which means we have more time to customize and refine the document before it goes to print.
  • Additionally, it took several hours before to gather all of the basic data we needed for an RFP, but now we can have the majority of the response ready in under 15 minutes in most cases. We are also able to start projects from our phones (iPhone thru Safari) or on an iPad. This has been extremely helpful while traveling.
  • Finally, our content is centrally located on a searchable database. Previously we had used several free tools to aid in content storage that would allow us access easily via search. It never seemed to do what we wanted, and when we did find something, we weren't sure if it was the most current or usable. The library functions in Qvidian have been a huge help, and has changes the way we collect data, and retrieve it.
Lauren Whiteaker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

  • Seismic allows for one location to store all relevant content so that associates are not having to spend as much time searching for what they need.
  • Seismic provides the ability to fully customize content such that one template can serve many needs with the simple ability to answer questions that drive the customization in the content. This customization can range from simple to quite complex depending on your level of expertise with the tool.
  • Seismic provides a lot of flexibility when it comes to organizing your content and how to make the experience of accessing that content unique to the needs of each user in the system.
Jamie Clarke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

  • One area where Qvidian occasionally struggles is feature regression. For instance, the editing option that puts multiple records into one document had always been present in Qvidian; however, when the multi-edit feature that only allows editing one record at a time was released in version 9.1, the original editing functionality was removed. This caused me a lot of frustration, as it severely slowed down my work flow since I could now only see and edit one record at a time. It wasn't until a year later when version 10 was released that the old editing functionality was added back. However, one bright spot of version 9.1 was an added feature that allowed organizing records by simply dragging and dropping them into different categories. This was much easier than having to right click on a record, select Move, then right click on a folder and select paste. However, with version 10, this feature was removed and I'm now back to having to right click on records instead of dragging and dropping. It seems that with each release, I never know if something I like will be taken away or if something I don't like will be added -- sometimes it's both.
  • A recent change that was added in version 10.1 that I personally view as a negative is that Qvidian now handles all requests server side instead of on the user's computer. This means that if a user wants to export or edit a large number of records, they have to wait for Qvidian's server to generate a report of those records. Depending on the number of records, this can be very quick (a few seconds) or very long (I've waited up to 20 minutes before) depending on how taxed Qvidian's servers currently are. I understand the reasoning behind the move, in that it takes the load off of a user's computer so that other applications they currently have open aren't affected by added memory usage, but in practice I find that it only slows down my workflow. Any somewhat modern PC shouldn't have any trouble handling a large report request from Qvidian.
  • Although Qvidian is certified for use in several different browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome for Windows), it doesn't offer the same functionality in each one. For instance, in Explorer, when a record is selected for editing or export, it will automatically open in Word. In Firefox, a pop-up dialog appears and a user has to click Open in order for the record to appear in Word. And in Chrome, the file is added to the download bar and a user must click on the file there for it to open, unless they add an exception to .docx file types to automatically open in Word (which I had to do, since I prefer using Chrome). Other simple features such as right clicking on a folder or record to bring up Qvidian's context menu are hit or miss depending on the browser. In Explorer, everything is generally smooth, though the browser itself is slower than the other choice. In Firefox, right clicking generally works but sometimes has some hiccups, and in Chrome, more often than not right clicking brings up Chrome's context menu instead of Qvidian's, which often leads to having to first select a folder and then click the dedicated Actions button in Qvidian to perform the desired action. No matter which browser you use, there will be some sort of functionality that doesn't quite work as expected.
Brian Kravitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

  • It's very difficult to edit/update the content in our LiveDoc because of the way it was coded by Seismic. They are in the process of helping us fix this problem, but it hasn't been ameliorated yet.
  • Responses to questions submitted via email are not always responded to in a timely fashion.
  • I know this is the same as the first bullet, but it bears repeating that the LiveDoc is laborious to update. The inability to edit content easily is a hindrance to our daily workflow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 8.0
Based on 32 answers
The tool provides us with the functionality we need to perform more efficiently and we have not identified another product that offers enough "nice to haves" in addition to the "must haves" to warrant a compelling reason for changing tools.
Michelle Palasek, CF APMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

No score
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Usability

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 9.0
Based on 8 answers
The shift they made in architecting documents from content to outline, is now reversed allowing outline creation first, then content which is more natural. But, due to the fact that we went through a migration of content to get to the new version, it feels less optimized than if we would have re-implemented.

End users having to configure settings more often than desired
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Gerald Thompson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation 10.0
Based on 6 answers
They are very much in support of great customer service. They respond quickly with emails and in some cases phone calls to resolve any issues and often times user questions in the past when I could not figure something out.
Nancy Bergantzel CF APMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

Seismic 7.8
Based on 32 answers
I have never tried chatting/calling with Support for Seismic. However, from others that I have talked to that use Seismic in more of an administrative role, they have been easy to work with and are of great assistance. I think it's a good thing I've never needed to talk to support, as it means I haven't had any issues to this point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation Rating

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
Nancy Bergantzel CF APMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Susan Madden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

Savo, Google Drive, Shared foldersSavo - was best in class a long time ago (and has since been bought by Seismic) - but required a lot of administrative work to setup and maintain. I had three people working on it full time to create pages and managing content. Shared folders and google drive are good to share content, but terrible at searching and tagging (not fully indexed and no tagging)
Ron Totah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation

  • The positive impact has been to know we have a system that can house legally-approved responses to questionnaires. The good about this is that if we have a simple RFI that does not require a lot of response customization, we can draw upon previously-approved responses and create output MUCH quicker, without the need of laborious and time-consuming legal reviews of RFIs or DDQs we produce for prospective clients. Quicker, easier output with less internal review = efficient RFI process and quicker turnaround time to respond to our client/prospective client base.
  • The negative impact has only been the time it takes to orient oneself with the program, and REMAIN oriented. As we do not do RFIs on a daily basis, it is easy for us to become rusty, or to take short-cuts because we do not have time to re-train on the program. Those shortcuts and workarounds tend to cause us not to use the program to its full potential and lead to counter-productivity in some cases.
Megan J. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Seismic

  • Seismic eliminates the time and hassle of sending out an email to colleagues with an attachment for a meeting. Plus, it eliminates the potential for someone being inadvertently excluded from the email.
  • A significant amount of time had to be dedicated to user training to increase adoption across the company and make the platform worth the investment.
  • Seismic has brought increased levels of productivity and efficiency to my company.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
7.1

Likelihood to Renew

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
8.0
Seismic

Usability

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
9.0
Seismic

Reliability and Availability

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic

Support Rating

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic
7.8

In-Person Training

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
6.0
Seismic

Online Training

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
9.0
Seismic

Implementation Rating

Qvidian RFP & Proposal Automation
10.0
Seismic

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