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Know What You Don't Know Before Implementing an EHS Software System

March 8th, 2018 by Robert Kimball

Know What You Don't Know Before Implementing an EHS Software System

I recently attended a conference designed to connect EHS software providers with organizations in search of EHS software solutions. During the event, I spoke with many EHS professionals, all with different challenges, goals, and expectations. Some were laser-focused, circulating from vendor to vendor with checklists of ‘must-have’ features. Others sought general education, asking open-ended questions and documenting information about the various platforms. The interaction that struck me most though was with an attendee who, upon approaching our booth, proclaimed “I’m looking for software and I don’t know what I don’t know.”

If you’ve been involved with the selection and implementation of a software system you can probably relate to this. Knowing what questions to ask is the critical first step on the journey and the key to avoiding costly missteps. Once you get started, establishing goals and reviewing your current processes will inevitably lead to more questions, some of them with tough answers. Last, onboarding and training staff to use a new EHS management platform will result in a never-ending stream of questions. And, of course, organizational priorities and goals do change, so knowing how an EHS software platform can adapt to accommodate future changes is important.

Luckily, you’re not the first to go through this. The National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM) just published a report titled Ready, Set, Implement. How to Successfully Deploy an EHS&S Software System. The report distills observations, recommendations, and “lessons learned” from in-depth interviews with EHS professionals and implementation partners into six easy-to-follow steps.


The report will help you answer these important questions:

  • How do I sell the value of the new system?

  • Should we hire an implementation partner?

  • How do we set key priorities?

  • What is the best strategy to avoid ‘over design’?

  • When should we test the new system and introduce it to users?

As a sponsor of the report, Dakota Software is pleased to provide this complimentary copy.

Robert Kimball

Robert Kimball

Director of Marketing

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