Strategic Focus: Three Critical Steps To Complete For A Successful EHS Software Project

Published 16 March 2023 by Tom Brown & Bill Pennington &
EHS Analytics EHS Mobile Apps EHS Services EHS Software Environment, Health & Safety Incident Management Strategic Focus

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Executive Summary

For most firms investing in EHS, the implementation of a sophisticated EHS management platform is the centrepiece of their digitization strategies. Yet for every EHS software success story, there are tales of projects that have failed to hit the mark. Organizations often fall foul of common errors, despite a relatively well-established set of best practices. This study aims to guide EHS leaders through the preliminary steps that set the correct precedent for software implementation projects. The report highlights common mistakes made by firms that are often the root causes of failed EHS software projects. It also focuses on the key success factors of three preliminary projects which firms should complete in order to make informed EHS software decisions: 1) process evaluation and optimization; 2) defining digital EHS strategy; and 3) requirements-gathering and request for proposal (RFP) design and selection.

Table of contents

Firms Are Often The Architects Of Their Own EHS Software Failures
EHS Software Project Failures Are Typically Rooted In Poor Due Diligence
Three Projects Firms Must Complete Before Investing In New EHS Software
Evaluate And Optimize Current EHS Systems And Processes
Define A Wider Health, Safety, Quality and Environment (HSQE) Digital Strategy
Conduct In-Depth Requirements-Gathering, RFP Process And Selection Procedures

Table of figures

Figure 1. Number Of EHS Point Solutions Utilized By Firms
Figure 2. Functional Components Of An EHS Software Platform
Figure 3. Four Arguments To Bolster The Case For EHS Software Investment

About the authors

Tom Brown

Industry Analyst
Tom is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. His current research agenda focuses on technology mega-trends, EHS software, and sustainability. Tom joined Verdantix after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, with particular focus on Process Simulation and environmental sustainability.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management.

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety and Risk Management practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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