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The evolution of EHS software systems: why integrated platforms are replacing point solutions

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“No man is an island, entire of itself.”

These famous words written by John Donne in 1624 ring completely true in the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) software arena today.   The EHS business function is finally catching up with the rest of the enterprise in terms of adopting integrated software solutions that effectively support today’s business demands.

Why should you, as an EHS leader, be left behind, while Sales and Marketing, R&D, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and other groups enjoy the benefits of modern software?  The good news is that the days of having to manage EHS performance using a patchwork of isolated point solutions are numbered.

The challenges of a siloed approach

Over time, many organizations have developed a complex set of stand-alone applications to manage their EHS data and processes.  These elaborate combinations of spreadsheets, home-grown databases, and commercial software packages can be so messy they have been called “software hairballs”!

These point solutions address a specific problem, such as incident management or emissions reporting.  Although they might work well on handling the tactical requirements of today, this siloed approach undermines the execution and scaling of your EHS management system over the long term.

Time is wasted chasing inconsistent data that is scattered all around.  Processes are neither standardized nor consistently executed.  There is a lack of the visibility and control needed to drive EHS performance improvement.  Sound familiar?

The shift to integrated systems

The EHS software market is growing fast, mainly due to the shift from point solutions to integrated EHS software platforms.

According to EHS and sustainability industry analyst Verdantix, the EHS software market is projected to grow 15% annually. Their research shows that much of this growth is coming from companies that want take a uniform enterprise approach across multiple sites, and those that want to move away from point solutions.

The survey found that adopters of integrated EHS software are driven by the need to better manage risk in a complex regulatory environment. And they want to adopt industry best practices, improve EHS performance, and have consistent data to meet sustainability disclosure requirements.

Whether the driver is risk, transparency, or efficiency, the result is that companies are adopting a holistic, enterprise approach to IT.   The “Islands of Information” are being eliminated!

The benefits of an integrated EHS software approach

By eliminating the point solution approach to EHS information management, life becomes simpler.  The complexity of the “software hairball” is replaced with a systematic way of managing EHS performance.   Chaos and inefficiency are taken out, while visibility and control are increased.  Costs and risk are reduced.  Among the benefits you can expect are:

  • More consistent execution of your EHS management systems, and fewer incidents and errors
  • Improved productivity and resource utilization, both in EHS and operations
  • Better visibility and control to facilitate reporting and performance improvement
  • Stronger collaboration among EHS staff, and between EHS and operations teams
  • Better ROI, with faster implementation, less systems integration, and lower IT costs

Moving Forward with Integrated EHS Software

Decisions on your future EHS software platform are not easy.  There is much to be gained, and also significant risk that must be managed.   Key factors to consider in selecting a software vendor to work with include:

  • Breadth and depth of functionality: what do you need to give you total visibility and control across your EHS requirements and operations?
  • User experience: ease of access to the applications and navigation can have a huge impact on user adoption
  • Low total cost of ownership (TCO): costs for licensing, implementation, and maintenance can vary widely
  • Time-to-value: how long will it take to start getting a payback?
  • Is it time for your organization to move to an integrated EHS software platform?   Rivo is ready to help.  Contact us or check out our Resources page for a variety of educational White Papers and Case Studies.  Or get in touch with one of our team who are always excited about just talking (no obligation demo or join our marketing list!) about environmental, health, safety & risk.

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