Software Benchmark: Barrier Risk Management

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Executive Summary

Barrier risk management is a specialised functionality for many vendors with only a select few offering strong capabilities in this area. As buyers strive for a better understanding of interdependent risks that affect operations, barrier risk management is becoming a core functionality of operational risk management software. To help buyers with a barrier risk management focus, this software benchmark provides a detailed analysis of capabilities available from 17 software vendors for integration with sensors, integration with wearables, integration with industrial systems, integration with business software, barrier risk management, and mechanical integrity. The report finds that three software vendors - RiskPoynt, eVision and Petrotechnics - have the broadest and deepest barrier risk management functionality. To put in place comprehensive, digitized industrial risk management frameworks, buyers should purchase software from vendors that specialise in barrier risk management and have the ability to model interdependent risks utilising high quality user interfaces. 

Table of contents

Software Benchmark: Barrier Risk Management
Four Factors Drive Buyers To Focus On A Subset Of Operational Risk Usage Scenarios
Assessment Criteria For Barrier Risk Management 
Strong Functionality For Barrier Risk Management Is Only Offered By A Selection Of Vendors
Buyers Of Barrier Risk Management Software Should Focus On Risk Modelling And Usability

Table of figures

Figure 1. Barrier Risk Management Functionality Scores
Figure 2. Barrier Risk Management Functionality Scores
Figure 3. Barrier Risk Management Software Percentage Of Maximum Potential Score

About the authors

Rachel Umunna


Rachel is a technology analyst in the Verdantix Operational Excellence Practice. Her research agenda explores the value of technologies for investors, service providers and corporates. Prior to joining Verdantix Rachel worked for the CDP. Rachel holds an MSc Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

David Metcalfe

David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

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