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Implementing risk management software? Stick to the plan, but be flexible

As we continue to look at ways to ensure the successful implementation of a risk management information system, or RMIS, I’d like to focus on a desirable trait that some organizations deploying a RMIS may find surprising: Flexibility.

Why flexibility? Because even though both RMIS provider and the client team approach an implementation armed with formal plans for the implementation and project, it's still important to build in give-and-take along the way.

Topics: successful IT implementations

Encouraging user acceptance of risk management software

As we continue this series of blog posts focusing on the attributes of a successful risk management software implementation, we turn our attention now to user-acceptance testing, or UAT.

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4 guiding factors for phased risk management software implementations

As we continue our series on successful implementations of risk management software, I'’d like to examine the benefits of implementing a new system in phases. In my experience managing hundreds of implementations, I'’ve found that bringing the application up in defined, manageable segments can be a win-win for both the RMIS provider and the client.

Topics: risk management risk management software successful IT implementations

Moving to a new RMIS? Consider one that can grow with you

When an organization moves to a new risk management information system (RMIS), it is usually making the change for a specific reason or reasons. Perhaps the organization requires more flexibility in tracking and reporting data. Maybe it wants the more powerful functionality that technology can provide. It may want to handle its risk management operations more efficiently across multiple departments, from field user up to the C-suite level.

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Data mapping in a RMIS: Help your risk data find its way

describe the imageAs the director of Data Services with the Aon eSolutions Professional Services team, I can'’t stress strongly enough the importance of carefully managing data as it’'s being brought in to a risk management information system (RMIS). A strong data integrity plan enables risk management software to efficiently extract data from a multitude of sources, formats and files and then convert it flawlessly to the new data structures established within the RMIS.

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The blueprint: hierarchy and reporting structures in risk management software

“You’'ve got to get organized.” It may be something you say to yourself, even on a daily basis. Or it may be a “gentle reminder” you mention to someone at home or at work. When you'’re talking about implementing a risk management information system (RMIS), getting organized isn’'t optional, —it’'s mandatory. As a veteran of dozens of RMIS startups, I know firsthand the importance of designing and setting up organizational hierarchy and reporting structures.

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Critical success factors in risk management software implementations

When your organization faces an IT implementation, how do you know the best place to begin? Identifying and developing the “critical success factors” (CSFs) that will shape and guide the project is a great place to start.

Topics: risk management software successful IT implementations