10 commandments of choosing risk assessment software

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There are multiple options when it comes to choosing modern risk assessment software. Choosing the right solution for your organisation requires considerable information search and best judgement upon which is going to be best.

This blog will identify 10 significant points to consider when choosing risk assessment software:

  1. Refine what you need from risk assessment software. Preditably this will reflect an increase in productivity, decrease in cost and overall better efficiency within your organisation. To obtain these goals, identify if the product owning organisation is credible, do they have longevity in experience and high technical capabiltiy. Don’t just fall for the smoke and mirrors, dig deeper.
  2. Define the approprite features. Ensure that the application has features that you need or go a step further and ponder what you would want. Look for indication of how intelligent the software is and therefore how capable it is.
  3. Get a demo. Contacting the organisation for a demo is a good method of testing and reviewing the application for yourself, before you commit to a contract. Companies whom feel confident in their risk assessment software will confidently offer a trial.
  4. Ensure it is secure. Hacking, cyber-attacks and loss of data are all crucial factors to consider. Recommending that the company is credible for their knowledge is one thing, but verifying a trusted, secure platform is necessary. Look for evidence of ISO 9001; 27001, AWS or Cyber Essentials accrediation to highlight commitment to protecting data.
  5. Does the software come with training and support. If there is an error or your field-workers need assistance, there must be an efficient, quick support line connected. Check that this is available and demonstrated through the contract.
  6. Can the software compliment the business. Most software should offer integration as part of their business model. This shows that your prior forms and processes can be easily integrated and manipulated.
  7. Define how applicable it is. Choosing particular software, one can assume that it has a corresponding mobile and web application. Having an iOS and Android app; meaning the software can be applicable across devices and can compliment the current workflow, not disrupt it.
  8. Is the application easy to use. The product demo should highlight if the risk assessment software can be navigated with ease; it will be operated by mulitple indiviudals hence the software has to be agile and flexible to meet the needs of all staff.
  9. Ensure organisational compliance. Modern risk asssessment software should have an additonal compliance module that identifies and ensures that no monitoring vists are missed, that communication with your clients remains a priority and that clients can access their documentation and risk assessment information without issue.
  10. Return on investment. Risk assesssment and compliance software requires substantial investment, hence it is important to ensure efficient hosting engineering as opposed to choosing the cheapest option. Quality over quantity is the key thing to remember. If you buy cheap software it is therefore more likely to be cheaply created, cheaply managed and has a greater risk of failure.
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