If you’re in an EHS software selection process, the required solution will be greatly influenced by your organization’s characteristics, including industry, geographic locations, number of employees, types of processes, number and locations of plants, level of risk, etc.
What Is Exactly “Enterprise-Class”?
For many companies, the ideal solution will consist of an enterprise-class EHS platform. Before going further, let’s define “enterprise-class”. Techopedia says:
Enterprise class is a buzzword that refers to applications that are designed to be robust and scalable across a large organization. There are no firm standards for what makes an application or platform enterprise class, but enterprise class applications are generally:
- Open and compatible with existing databases and tools.
- Customizable for the needs of specific departments.
- Powerful enough to scale up along with the needs of the business using it.
- Secure from outside threats and data leaks.
I like this definition because it acknowledges that “enterprise-class” is a buzzword. Many people use it loosely. But what if your organization indeed needs an enterprise-class EHS platform, and you need to look beyond buzzwords?
Going Beyond Buzzwords
The good news is that there is a way to go beyond buzzwords: By using the Verdantix Green Quadrant EHS Software 2017 report, which can be downloaded for free from our website. The report is very credible because it is . It is also very thorough because it evaluates and scores EHS software vendors for 173 different functionality criteria, including those that characterize an EHS software system as an enterprise-class platform.
By using the Verdantix report, you can get an accurate assessment of the software systems that are truly enterprise-class. More specifically, on pages 27-28, each vendor is scored for four key capabilities that contribute to make solutions enterprise-class. Here are brief descriptions of the four capabilities, from the report:
- Database Design: Databases that the application runs on, scalability of software deployments, and functionality related to data quality enhancement, data change controls and data audits.
- Master Data Management: Functionality to define, manipulate and change organizational, asset-level and site-level data, and to manage regulatory data.
- Configurability: Configuration/reconfiguration of forms, measurement metrics, business rules and user rights, definition/redefinition of terminology, configuration/reconfiguration of user interface and workflows, and dashboard customization.
- Core Capabilities: Available customization and development tools, consistent code base across the platform, development environment of the platform, and integration with external IT systems.
4 Simple Steps to Identify a True Enterprise-Class EHS Platform
Check the scores of EHS software vendors on pages 27-28 of the report for the four capabilities and add them up to have a neutral, objective assessment of the platforms that are truly enterprise-class. But that’s not all. There is an additional indicator whether a vendor offers a truly enterprise-class EHS platform, and it’s a significant one: Did the vendor build functionality in its platform over the years, or added them through acquisitions?
The benefits of an integrated EHS platform built organically and not through acquisitions include: a common user experience accelerating user adoption, facilitated data capture, use of the same data for different business processes, better scalability, etc. The second half of the Verdantix report includes individual vendor profiles where you can learn whether vendors offer a truly integrated, enterprise-class platform, or a fragmented one built through acquisitions.
In addition, if you want to learn more about how Enablon clients are leveraging an integrated, enterprise-class platform, read some of our , or recent blog posts about Enablon clients recognized for excellence at SPF EMEA 2017.
In summary, follow these four simple steps to help you identify the EHS platforms that are truly enterprise-class:
1) Download the Verdantix Green Quadrant EHS Software 2017 report.
2) Go to pages 27-28 and add the scores for the four capabilities mentioned in this post.
3) Read individual vendor profiles to identify the vendors that offer a truly integrated platform.
4) Learn how leading organizations are using the Enablon enterprise-class platform, through and blog posts.
Are you ready for step 1? If yes, click on the image below: