Many organisations ask us which ISO Software is best to use when implementing ISO Standards, and while there are several options on the market, our advice is to first look at the technology you already have.
Use Your Existing Software Stack
Organisations rely on certain software packages everyday.
One disadvantage of using a seperate ISO Software package is that your team won’t be in the habit of going in to the software on a daily basis.
Whereas, the advantage of integrating ISO in to your Office 365 or Google GSuite platform is that you are already using all the tools you need.
Microsoft Office 365 for ISO
Google GSuite for ISO
Microsoft’s OneDrive provides a secure repository to store your ISO files and folders.
using Google Drive
Google Drive is a well established cloud app enabling storage and sharing.
The Teams app can be used to configure different ‘channels’ of communication so your ISO team to collaborate together. There are many third-party app integrations available and you can invite guest users, such as your ISO Consultants Assent, to join your team.
using Google Docs, Sheets & Slides
The cloud based office tools from Google are some of the best around for collaborating with other remotely. Multiple users can edit a document at the same time using a comment and chat facility to communicate.
using Google Calendar
The Google Calendar is a powerful scheduling tool that can be used for task management. There are several third party plugins that can enhance that capability, but do your research before granting access to external apps!
using MS Teams
As Skype for Business fades away, MS Teams becomes the most effective way for people to meet, share screens and work remotely.
using Google Hangouts
Audio, Video and Screen Sharing are all available within Google’s Hangouts app, an easy way to meet with a distributed team.
Distributing information about your ISO Management system and raising awareness of policies, procedures, objectives and so on can be difficult. Sharepoint has provided the basis for many corporate Intranets, and a Sharepoint site for your ISO Management System can help raise awareness.
using Google Sites
Google Sites provides some useful features including the ability to embed Google Drive folders. They can be designed to provide a user friendly interface that helps people navigate your management system..
Monitoring & Measurement of Management System Performance can be difficult, and in larger organisations it can be difficult to present the right level of information to the right people. PowerBI offers a powerful Dashboarding tool that can be used to track various metrics, and present it with different levels of detail to different stakeholders.
using Data Studio
Google’s data analytics tool has been slow to start, but the number of ‘connectors’ allowing you to integrate with third party apps is growing. That aside, Data Studio can produce some powerful dashboards using Google Sheets as a data source.
Other ISO Software Tools
While the Microsoft and Google ecosystems contain most of the tools you need to run your management system, here are some others:
ISO Software Support from Assent
Assent has an in-house tech team who can work along side our ISO Consultants and your internal team to provide full I.T support to development and maintain your ISO Management System on both the Microsoft Office 365 and Google GSuite platforms. We can also support with other third party apps.
We call it Digital Transformation, and our tech team help your organisation utilise technology to improve how you operate. Our technology team can conduct a scoping exercise and manage digital projects including implementation of ISO Software.