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Best Practices For EH&S Software Strategy Planning

Date: 30 September 2016

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Executive Summary

This report is the first in a best practices series which helps individuals responsible for selecting, implementing and getting value from environmental, health and safety (EH&S) software solutions. Based on interviews with corporate EH&S and IT leaders, and veterans of dozens of EH&S IT projects, we provide a best practice framework for the development of the strategy necessary to meet business objectives and reduce the risk involved in selection of software platforms for EH&S management. Verdantix analysis finds that there are ten key questions decision-makers have to answer to develop an effective EH&S software strategy.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Start EH&S Strategic Planning By Setting A Baseline
Scan For Existing EH&S IT Systems And Identify System Owners And Users
Develop Multiple Reasons To Explain Why A New EH&S System Is Required
Recruit A Diverse Team To Make The New EH&S Software Project A Success

Anticipate Multiple Barriers To Getting The Project Funded And Launched
Internal Stakeholders And System Owners Will Argue For Maintaining The Status Quo
Heavily Customized Legacy Software Solutions Will Trip Up Consolidation Plans
Complexity Of Implementing A New EH&S Platform Will Overwhelm Project Resources

Overcoming Software Selection And Implementation Challenges Begins With Strategic Planning
Use Vision Statements To Provide Direction To Strategic Decision-Making
Set Realistic Project Expectations With Business Outcome Definitions
Layout A Comprehensive Strategy To Meet Your Core Corporate Needs

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Most Firms Do Not Use Commercial Software To Manage EH&S Concerns
Figure 2. Three Phases Of The EH&S Software Market
Figure 3. Software Selection Strategy Planning Worksheet

ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

3E Company, AkzoNobel, Balfour Beatty, BlackRock, Bloomberg BNA, Buenaventura, The Conference Board, Enablon, EtQ, Gensuite, IHS, Intelex, Interface Carpets, Johnson&Johnson, KMI, MetricStream, Microsoft, Newmont Mining, Patagonia, Pfizer, ProcessMAP, SAI Global, SharePoint, SiteHawk, Thames Water, thinkstep, Unilever, US Environmental Protection Agency, Yorkshire Water