The 2018 edition of our popular Askia User Survey was mailed out this past winter.

Once again, we received tons of amazing feedback.  You did not hold back! Your passion came through whether you were a new user, expert user, happy user, unhappy user.  We are humbled by your honesty. Trust that your feedback will be reviewed constructively and used to help you, your company, and Askia.

“My first survey in my life that I fill out conscientiously :-D”

(Ummmm… Thank you?)

Whether it was an appreciative nod to one of our teams, a smart suggestion for improvement, or an insightful story about your personal Askia experience, all your responses are incredibly valuable to us and help us bring the best out of our software.

If you took part in the survey, we’d like to say again how thankful we are for your time.

Actions From The Last Survey

Again, your feedback is hugely valuable to us.  What’s in it for you, though? We understand you will only provide feedback if we listen and then ultimately act on your feedback.  So before we get into the highlights for this year, let’s take a look back at what Askia spent time on based on your previous year’s responses.

Web-based version of AskiaDesign
Yes, it’s true.  AskiaDesign Online is currently in Alpha release.

More powerful quotas
Completely revamped to include numeric quotas, native least full capability, and much more.

More documentation and articles
Added an AskiaTools training, many more Help Center articles, and examples like Adaptive MaxDiff.

Automation & web services
Tons of behind the scenes development work that will leapfrog us to new capabilities like Self Serve, Supervisor Online, and Centralized web-based administration for all Askia products (no more Vista 5 Admin).

Visual building of dashboards
Iris was released late last year and connection to AskiaVista is almost complete.

Design Online

Highlights from this year’s survey

When reading all your comments, we noticed four recurrent requests for which tools are either already in place, or will be very soon. So before we get down to the nitty gritty, let’s take a look at these all-important questions and the answers we have for you:

What did you like?

Many of you mentioned easy to use.  This was often caveated by once you get the hang of it. This is a great example where even positive comments can suggest room for improvement!  We will take this back and see how we can train and ramp up new users more quickly.

Great flexibility and We can do anything were mentioned as things you liked as well.  It is often said that… “Lots of power and features means it’s hard to use and learn”.  Well, we choose not to believe this. We will continue to make Askia products powerful and easy to use.  As Jérôme says:

“Simplicity is complexity well done.”

We are hugely proud of our Askia Support team.  But hearing what you, the users, have to say is the most important.  It’s great to see that once again great technical Support staff was mentioned by many.

What did you not like?

As a company with very passionate people, it can be hard to read what users don’t like.  Having said that, we understand and appreciate we can only help if we listen to your feedback: good and not so good.  

Several users mentioned interface is dated and locations of features not intuitive. Digging deeper into the data, this seems to correlate with users saying products are hard to use.  Organizing features and having the ability to search for features easily could go a long way in addressing this feedback.

What should we work on?

For each product, we asked what percentage development time should be spent on possible features.  We go into detail later, but here is a quick summary of the highest requested features.

Askia ProductHighest Rated Feature To Work On
DesignBe able to define multiple routing conditions in GUI
WebPrint my answers function
VoiceMulti-Questionnaire mode
FaceContinue the survey online
AnalyseImprove open-ended analysis
VistaImprove overall speed


“Be able to define multiple routing conditions in the GUI” was the highest requested feature.

Other features that were commonly requested:

  • Online version
  • Update offline GUI (graphical user interface) for more intuitive/easy usage
  • Better version tracking and management (better undo/redo)


“Print my answers function” was the highest requested feature.

Other features that were commonly requested:

  • Better field reporting
  • Uploading quotas in bulk (Excel)
  • Better email sending and management


“Fieldwork monitoring” was the highest requested feature.

Other features that were commonly requested:

  • Spell checker
  • Easier to create custom reports


“Continue the survey online” was the highest requested feature.

Other features that were commonly requested:

  • Upload incompletes
  • Better quota capabilities
  • Better logging to identify issues


“Improve open-end analysis” was the highest requested feature.

Other features that were commonly requested:

  • Edit / change labels in a better way (bulk changes)
  • Update the GUI (more modern interface)


“Improve overall speed” was the highest requested feature.

Other features that were commonly requested:

  • Eliminate need for Vista5
  • Live quota reporting / fieldwork reporting
  • Better charting and infographics

What else would you like to see?

This was your chance to mention what else you would like to see that we do not currently offer.  Yes, anything! Below are the most commonly mentioned items. The good news is that we have been working on many of them.

  • Dashboards – We have partnered with E-Tabs to create Iris:  more info
  • Open ends / text AI – We have partnered with Digital Taxonomy:   more info
  • Automated portfolios creation – This is in the works.
  • Fieldwork monitoring tool – Online Supervisor and API accessibility is in the works.

Rating the Software Overall

  • 21% were Very Satisfied (up 3% on last year)
  • 80% were either Very Satisfied or Satisfied (down 2% on last year)
  • 13% were Neutral (down 2% on last year)
  • 6% were Dissatisfied or Very Dissatisfied (up 3% on last year)

Rating the Support Overall

  • 39% were Very Satisfied (up 4% on last year)
  • 79% were either Very Satisfied or Satisfied (down 1% on last year)
  • 13% were Neutral (up 5% on last year)
  • <1% were Dissatisfied or Very Dissatisfied (down 2% on last year)

Rating the Support Attributes

We do feel our Support is a big differentiator.  This is why we feel it’s important to go deeper into what makes up Support.  We asked you below how satisfied you were with different Support attributes.

Overall, you are satisfied, but there is one attribute that stands out.

The “Documentation, Tutorials, Articles” attribute was rated lowest with regards to Support satisfaction.  Looking into the comments, some users are saying documentation is generally not very user friendly or easily found.  In response, we can say that investigating new tools for Askia documentation is being done.

How does Support compare?

We asked you to compare Askia Support to other technical Support service providers.  Much higher and Higher have again exceeded the previous years (both 2015 and 2017).  

  • 7% increase from last year on Top 2 Box – Much Higher Quality or Higher Quality

One last word

We truly appreciate your time providing your thoughts, opinions, and feelings.  In return, we have spent tons of time going through the data to better understand you and your experiences with Askia.  

Jerome closed last year’s results with the following and it’s worth saying again.

“It’s you, the Askia Users, who keep us growing and improving day by day.  You’re the reason we get up in the morning (together with software, our loved ones, and a few other things).”

Please continue to be an active part of the Askia community.  We guarantee we will make it worth your time!