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What is iRise?

iRise is the #1 wireframe, prototyping, and integrated agile requirements management tool - including real-time integrations with the top ALM tools like Jira and Azure Devops. All in one simple, secure, integrated platform. iRise is easy to use, allows you to collaborate in real-time, and can cut the design/requirements phase by up to 50% and nearly eliminate change requests. Here’s a quick feature summary: Customizable libraries and interactive widgets speed the process. You can even drag your sketches or UI mockups into iRise and it will create pages to help jump-start your work. Build wireframes, mockups and prototypes for any device - mobile, desktop, or even watch apps. Capture requirements and comments for each screen and UI element directly within the prototype. Creating requirements “in-context” of the functionality they describe makes them much easier to understand and validate. The flexible RM tools can be configured to fit any process, Agile or more traditional. You can also create interactive diagrams to convey process flow and use cases. NO MORE SILOS! INTEGRATE YOUR SOFTWARE DELIVERY TOOLS Today there are tools for development, testing, requirements, design, product management and DevOps. You can dramatically improve the productivity of your software delivery teams by connecting these tools and giving everyone real-time updates as changes are made throughout the lifecycle. iRise integrates with all major SDLC platforms, including JIRA, Azure Devops (TFS), HP ALM/QC, IBM Rational, Jama, Rally, VersionOne, and 20+ other tools. This means that everyone can see the same accurate information in real time. MAKE SURE YOU'RE BUILDING THE RIGHT THING Customers can rarely articulate their own needs. Rapid prototyping gives product managers, designers, and business analysts an effective way to explore and vet concepts with real customers, wherever they may be. Invest only in the ideas that work, and use the prototype to draft the product backlog.

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iRise is a rapid prototyping and requirements platform designed from the ground up to support secure, global collaboration.


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iRise
Company Website
Year Founded
1997
HQ Location
El Segundo, CA
Twitter
@iRiseTeam
1,125 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
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50 employees on LinkedIn®
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Owner, SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure Expert Consultant
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Freelance Designer
Financial Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The software is easy to use and allows for fast wireframing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We were a startup and had signed up for an annual subscription for iRise. Unfortunately the startup went under last year and closed down. This year, they kicked in an automatic renewal. Have been trying to contact support for the past week immediately after they charged me.

#1. The number they have listed consistently gives the message that the "Mailbox of the person you are trying to contact is full., please try later"

#2. The online chat help support "Dominic" keeps telling me "No, the subscription is paid annually and can not be canceled. " - Does not give me any way of contacting a human or discussing the possibilities.

Not sure how to get a resolution from a 'Dead' company Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Does not matter how good / bad the product is - their support stinks Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Please read above - horrendous support Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Manager
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I have tried several of the prototyping tools and LOVE the intuitive nature of iRise. There are many ways to skin a cat while using it, and creating pages is easy with their widgets and Masters. I was able to wireframe my new app in 2-3 days, and link all my fields and buttons, creating a fully WORKING app prototype!

I took the online training course which really got me going, but for the ADVANCED page and field creation I cannot recommend enough how important the mentoring time can be. I had 16 hours of intense training, and feel like I can create almost anything now! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Two small complaints, but plenty of work-arounds for both:

1) Eyedropper tool. Not in the system yet for PC, and using another app for RGB, you can still exact match your colors. I know they are working on it now.

2) I wish they had a better cataloging system for widgets. They are grouped, but it is not intuitive when you are starting out, so you end up spending a lot of time searching for button clusters, or data fields to adapt for your needs instead of creating from scratch. Once you get used to where they are located, and what they are called, it goes faster. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

DEFINITELY spend some time on the Mentoring with the customer success team. Send them what you have, and they can give recommendations for best practices, improvements, and adaptation for user experience. We had Eleanor in for 3 days and took leaps ahead with her training, help and guidance! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are creating a new web portal and mobile app (ios and android) and needed a platform to show exactly how the app would work to hand off with requirements for our 1st launch, and subsequent launches to our programmers. The response time to get their low fidelity version back to us saved weeks of trial and error. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Lead Business System Analyst
Financial Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Features of application

Simplicity of UI

Ability to quickly create wireframes and prototypes with ease.

Separate modules are created for mobile and desktop wire framing.

Sharing of screens with larger audience and obtaining the feedback is the best feature which enables BA, Developer to get first hand feedback without any much effort.

Developer module to export created wireframes to host of technology frameworks ready made! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Business logic definition within screens can be simplified little more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using iRise application to quickly create wireframes and prototypes and share it with our business stakeholders before Functional specifications are signed off. This practice has improvised customer experience as it helps to visualize software upfront and avoid change requests at later part of game . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Offshore Developement, Global Delivery
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The business prototyping is more valuable than implementing the design. It's always better to be more precise in terms of design that can save a lot of time and money for the company who serving and whom served and iRise is exactly ensuring that part. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Integration with different other tools can always be a part of improvement for iRise. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Spending more time and effort in the design and visualization can be beneficial always so try once with iRise and I am sure you never Fall. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Interacting different system design is what we solved and since at the initial stage it was used as a training mats for user, it helped them a lot in terms of understanding the whole process because visualization is the key feature of iRise and as we says 'Picture says thousand words' so that was well realized. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Ease of use! I was able to jump right into iRise with no training (although it is provided) and start working. The ability to create mock ups and prototypes and have the requirements tie into and display with them seamlessly is the biggest plus for me. I also need to have feedback as I am doing preliminary design and even after development has started. Communication is key to my products success. iRise let's me get this information from anyone I choose to by allowing me to send a "review only access" link to my project for them to review. The link allows them to comment on the requirements and the prototypes, tying them together. This give me the feedback that I need, real-time but also allows for trace-ability should there be questions in the future on why things were done or changed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't dislike anything about the software. I do have requests for it, which I have been advised would be something that can be added in the future. My requests were to be able to format the requirements with bullet points and numbered lists if needed. I also requested the ability for reviewers to be able to comment without having to go through multiple clicks. It's not a very simple process for non-tech minded people. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a product that gets your vision out to stakeholders along with the documentation and you need that feedback, get a trial for iRise. They give generous amounts of time for you to use it. Don't just take my word on it, try it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed a tool that would house my requirements and system designs. I also wanted a way to communicate requirements with my dev group in a way that they would use. Long manuscript type of requirements were never read but the developers all used the Wireframes as a source of truth, with iRise I can get the requirements to them in a medium that they like to use blending the visual with the documentation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

web interface is much better than the thick client. Prefer using it through the cloud.

Love it 100% better than the old UI.

excellent customer service and support

autosave functionality is very helpful when working

link sharing/collaboration Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

That i can't do the Databinding i want to in the web app for conditional logic

Need better support for quick install of custom fonts (not through css)

Would like the sitemap tool to be in the web app so I can use the nav plan to socialize with my I/A and content teams

responsive design is not part of the program so I have to do separate models for iPad and iPhone

when i drop an object into a container, and that container has opacity set, the object inherits the opacity so I have to place it "over" the container - and that means I can't save it into my master

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Recommendations to others considering the product:

the web application for iRise is great! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

the ability to protoptype in live design sessions with stakeholders has really improved speed to market, resolves ambiguities for developers, and provides a basis for Q/A in the display layer. Also allows me to do usability testing prior to engaging development teams so they can focus on back end and middleware, implied by the designs, while I am refining my interaction models. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Drastically shortens the feedback cycle for UI based projects. I can quickly create wireframes and get same-day or next-day feedback on them, make changes, and then restart the process. The requirement management portion of iRise is also top notch. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Reporting on iRise is meager at best, awful at worst. For example, there's no out of thebox report that will show me all of my requirements with their attributes (like priority, risk, owner, etc.) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get it if you have trouble getting feedback on UIs. Also get it if you have trouble managing business requirements. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modernization of old systems. The benefits are a drastically reduced project definition timeline. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The speed at which you can take a concept through to model in collaboration with the clients. Once a client sees the working model, the requirements take on a life of their own and subsequent conversations get easier to have. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Having to register each user/reviewer of the reader and download the readersoftware from the iRise site is sometimes an issue with some clients. The online editing does not include scenarios at this point. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Primarily, we are trying to get business requirements from the end users very quickly and in sufficient detail to accurately estimate projects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Love the ability to easily collaborate/comment with other users about the simulation. iRise provides us with an opportunity to visualize requirements/design in a way the standard wire framing does not. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would love to have more widgets at my disposal. I find myself spending a lot of time building things that maybe a widget could easily provide. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great Product! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Looking to provide the end user with a better vision of the potential product early in the requirement elicitation process so that we can provide a better more accurate solution. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Solutions Engineer
Computer Software
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I love iRise! If you sell software, you need this tool! They really should be mentioning this in The Sprint Book as a rapid prototype tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

iRise isn't quite as sleek as Balsamiq, which has a cultural feel with the sketching, and postit notes and built in icons which are easily accessible. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Push iRise to keep pushing the envelope. They're amazing, and they need to keep being amazing. Don't want to see them be washed out like other tech companies that roll under the waves. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a strong custom development business unit, and since implementing iRise we reduced our loss rate by 55% in the year we implemented the platform. Our prospects get to see what they're getting, and they get to engage in the building of the solution, so there's a good faith understanding to purchase the solution at the end. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Manager - UX
Consumer Goods
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Easily scalable and easy to use then powerpoint Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Need to include more feature when it is compared with their competitor like Axsure Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Prototyping the design and walk through my client with same Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

ease of use, user friendly and it has easy to understadn, even a beginner can start working this tool without any extensive training Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Training's are expensive but basic training material can be found on youtube so thats not a problem at all Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

with iRise, we are able to visualize the application and prepare the protype and show to stack holders before hand Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior IT Business Analyst
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Real time integration between capabilities Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

little complicated to remember all the functionalities Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

workflow changes and mockup creations Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

datasheet (operations with records) feature, views, tiles Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

poor documentation and help, outdated example base, poor iBloc support Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

iRise is the best tool for high fidelity prototypes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Create high fidelity prototypes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The best part is the ease with which a new user can take up the features that are provided by iRise which helps immensely to visualize new ideas. Collaborative features allows real time global collaboration. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing in specific. The features which I used were quiet apt. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To prepare initiation documents for the HR solutions for our client. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UX Designer
Design
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

iRise has a pretty robust set of features you can use to make pretty complex prototypes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

iRIse is really slow, buggy, and doesn't render on devices correctly. The interactions are not intuitive and requires the user of the program to augment their behavior to create prototypes correctly. Additionally, there is not a large community to reference if you have any questions or encounter any obstacles. You can also only open one "simulation" at one time, making it difficult to reuse elements you've used in other simulations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It seems that iRise is beneficial for large corporations who are worried about security among other things. I would highly suggest looking into other prototyping tools that are quicker, more lightweight, and can do what iRise does and more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am usually building prototypes to take to user testing to validate concepts. I don't see too many benefits in using iRise relative to other programs. I could have made the same exact prototypes, using a different program much quicker and cleaner. I guess the only real benefits I see are the security aspects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Response from Dominic Infante of iRise

Hi Brenon: There are some clarifications I wanted to make regarding your feedback. My guess is that you may have been using an older version of iRise.

+ You can open as many projects at a time as you like. Just do so in a new browser tab.

+ Reusing elements is actually really easy. Right-click on any page or library element and select “copy to another project.” (a feature I believe is unique to iRise)

+ Regarding support, we’re unique in offering both chat and phone support. Our community-driven knowledgebase is also a great resource.

+ Our free mobile app on iTunes will render mobile simulations on-device just as displayed in your browser.

+ As to unique benefits with iRise, we’re the only platform with built-in requirements and user story management tools, and offer bi-directional integrations with the leading ALM tools like JIRA, JAMA, Microsoft TFS, HP ALM, etc. The level of interactivity and logic you can build with iRise is also different than most tools.

Thanks for taking the time to make the review. I understand that there’s a lot to the iRise platform, and quite a bit has changed too over the last few years.

Most other simpler tools stop at creating hotspots with transitions. iRise uses real ux elements you can interact with and build logic into. That difference can sometimes initially cause some misunderstandings.

Take care,

Dom at iRise

UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

iRise allows users to develop a working prototype very quickly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

iRise's presentation tools are not very effective nor do they look great Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

App demo Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Requirements exports and having logic involved in the prototypes is a plus. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The amount of time it takes to build the prototypes. Also very cumbersome tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I think iRise has limited use cases. If you're going to build fast and iteratively test, it is faster to just code the prototype and show it off that way, rather than building these complex and convoluted flows in iRise. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Showing hi-fi prototypes to clients to then iterate and pass off requirements to later. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This software is very easy to use for the users. Make the task very easy.

Lot of options available to do the task Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The irise Website is outdated. The website can be more condensed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy prototyping and wireframing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UX Lead, B2B
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The logic piece was pretty cool, but that's it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I find their business model so excessive its offensive. They are operating on an outdated business model that requires users to invest way too much up front. The cost per license is too high. You have to dedicate a server and a server admin to share files within your team. Need a proprietary reader for anyone to view your work. Have to pay for a trainer to figure out how to use the damn thing. And because of the cost thing, we had an impossible time finding contractors who could/would use it. Also, they don't have a very good student program, so none of your entry level candidates will know how to use it.

Oh, and it crashed All.THE. TIME. when I was using it. It was very frustrating.

Go with Axure or Proto.io instead. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

switch to Proto.io or Axure - way better value for your money. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

business problem: prototyping new software ideas so we can see the impact before developing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Advisory Consultant
Management Consulting
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I used iRise during Business Process Analysis course where it helped our team to simulate our recommendations and provide the client clear functionalities.It's an easy to use tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really, it might be a bit tedious at first, but once you get hands on, you'll love it. The fact that it's not platform independent might hurt you sometimes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to reduce recruiting cycle time for new hires for our client and for that we simulated Cumulative Evaluation Matrix to explain our recommendation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

A picture is worth a thousand words. This tool makes it so much easier to validate business/system requirements, compared to traditional methods, Giving business stakeholders and end users visibility to the look/feel/flow of the system during the requirements phase of the SDLC enables lower cost defect identification/resolution. Modeling happy path as well as error condition flows fosters a better transition from Business to System requirements as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I haven't used the tool in quite some time as I am in a new role, Nothing sticks out in my mind as a major disappointment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get a pilot going to see how you like it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We built a variety of websites for Microsoft E-Learning, including a B2C site which interfaced with Oracle eCommerce engine on the backend. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its capability to simulate the client requirements to avoid confusion and gain customer confidence Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No good trainings available online to learn the tool Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We developed business process improvements in personnel recruiting system for a firm. Using iRise, we were able to show our recommendations to client Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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