Best Practices: EHS Digital Transformation Planning

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Executive Summary

This report provides EHS decision-makers with advice on emerging best practices for planning EHS digital transformation efforts encompassing software and Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions. Over the last two decades, the product landscape for EHS information management has shifted dramatically from compliance management systems, such as for incident logs and permits management, to workflow-based connected platforms for enterprise EHS management. Our research has found that customers need to adapt their technology strategies to the new EHS information management paradigm and re-evaluate their data needs, goals and outcomes prior to undertaking significant digital transformation investments. To future-proof their efforts, firms should assess their preferred systems architecture environment, establish long-term governance structures that support strategic flexibility, and dedicate full-time resources to change management. 

Table of contents

Customers Need To Face Up To Planning For The Full EHS Digital Ecosystem  
EHS Executives Can Choose From A Wide Array Of Software, IoT And Digital Transformation Options
Technology Strategies Need To Adapt To The New EHS Information Management Paradigm
Emerging Best Practices For Planning A Digital Ecosystem  
EHS Technology Buyers Need To Have A Clear Understanding Of Data Needs, Goals And Outcomes
Firms Should Assess The Best-Fit System Architecture And Technologies For Their Users
Corporate Executives Need To Foster Long-Term Strategic Flexibility
Firms Need To Dedicate More Resources To Continuous Improvement And Change Management

Table of figures

Figure 1. Research Scope On Corporate EHS Digital Transformation Planning
Figure 2. Adoption Of EHS Digital Technologies In 2020
Figure 3. Pilot Adoption Of EHS Technologies By Firm Revenue Size
Figure 4. The Paradigm For EHS Information Management Is Evolving
Figure 5. The Connected Ecosystem For EHS Information Management
Figure 6. Example Schematic Systems Architecture For The Digital Ecosystem Approach
Figure 7. Best Practices To Avoid Pilot Purgatory
Figure 8. Strategic Differences In Software-Only Versus Digital Ecosystem Best Practices

About the authors

Yaowen Ma

Principal Analyst

Yaowen is a Principal Analyst at Verdantix conducting research on EHS and ESG information management. His current agenda focuses on digital technologies, best practices and growth strategies across EHS, product stewardship, sustainability performance and ESG risk management. Yaowen has more than seven years of experience managing and delivering EHS and ESG research and consulting engagements to corporates, vendors, investors and industry associations. He holds a dual major bachelor’s degree in environmental management and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

MD and Global Head of Research
Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. Rodolphe has over 20 years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

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