Tag: Choosing the Right RMIS

RMIS switch ahead? 5 factors to avoid hidden costs and lost time

RMIS system switch

Perhaps outdated technology or the need for functionality that can handle changes to risk management practices means your existing RMIS has outlived its usefulness. Or, based on recent developments, you may be taking proactive steps in the face of the uncertainties that come with the acquisition of your RMIS vendor.

Regardless of why you’re looking to change systems, one thing is certain—you don’t want to have to go through the process again any time soon. When evaluating RMIS vendors, consider the following factors to reduce the likelihood that you’ll encounter the unexpected when it comes to getting a new RMIS up and running. This can help ensure that you avoid hidden costs months—or even years—down the road.

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Two Key Considerations for Choosing a RMIS Partner

Two Key Considerations for Choosing a RMIS Partner

Choosing the right RMIS can seem like a balancing act. You’re looking for a solution that solves for the challenges the organization currently faces, while, at the same time, seeking a system and provider capable of evolving to meet needs that may arise.

Given the amount of work that goes into selecting a RMIS—not to mention the investment being made on behalf of the organization—the last thing you want to do is repeat the process in the near future. When interviewed for the CIO magazine article How to Choose the Right Software Vendor, Malcolm Cowley, CEO of the Performance Horizon Group, put it this way: “The last thing CIOs and other technology decision-makers want to be faced with is the need to re-evaluate and invest in a new solution two or three years down the road, when the existing system can’t handle the company’s emerging needs.”

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RMIS Configurability—Choosing a system that will meet your needs

Configurability and Customization—two words you’ve no doubt come across when researching RMIS systems. More often than not, they’re used interchangeably. But do the two terms mean the same thing? If not, what’s the difference? Is one preferable?

Despite the fact that each term is often used in place of the other, there is a difference. If “This is going to be expensive.” is your first thought upon seeing or hearing the word custom (or a variation), you are correct. Customized vs. Configurable Software Solutions: Which Should You Choose? does an excellent job of breaking down why this is the case.

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Getting the most out of your RMIS demo

RMIS Demo

While the work of planning and budgeting, analyzing requirements, and researching vendors are of critical importance, system demonstrations mark a significant milestone in the selection and purchase of RMIS software. As “Best Practices: How to Evaluate Software Demonstrations” points out, RMIS demos are “where you see the systems in action and learn what they can really do for you.”

Remember that this is your demo

Knowing what to expect as you enter this phase of the buying process ensures that you’ll get the most out of your RMIS demos. Each demo needs to show how proposed solutions can work to fix the specific challenges your organization faces both now and in the future. Be sure to find out not only what the system offers today, but also the rate of innovation, as well as your ability to take advantage of new functionality as it becomes available. How often are new features introduced? Are upgrades required to gain access? Do they cost extra?

Here are ways you can prepare for a RMIS demo that will help you assess how well both system and service will meet your risk management objectives, both now and in the years to come.

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