Large, decentralized, complex organizations with multiple entities, locations or subsidiaries—can policyIQ really help?

This is a question that we get a lot. We promote how nimble, easy to implement and affordable policyIQ is and some worry that this might translate to: “without months of implementation and many tens of thousands of dollars that it must not be able to accommodate our company’s complex structure”.

The fact is we have worked with many global and diverse companies representing great spans in geographic locations, product and service lines, legal entities, and so on. That’s really the beauty of policyIQ—there’s a well-designed database behind the easy-to-use site that can accommodate what is unique about your organization!

Implementation partnerIt’s important, first, to note that a policyIQ expert will walk alongside you throughout your configuration to help ensure that you start off on the right foot. We don’t charge you for this service—it is in the best interest of all parties that you are successful in bringing greater efficiency and effectiveness to your processes and documentation using our site!

Listening is arguably the most valuable skill that your policyIQ partner brings to your implementation. Some companies wish to continue operating with several entities acting almost totally independently of one another. Each may have their own Risk Assessment, Controls and Test Plans. Other companies want to bring consistency and efficiency to the organization where possible. They are interested in rationalizing the set of controls being managed throughout the business and streamlining testing. It certainly makes sense that there are segments of the business that want to closely oversee and approve processes at a local level while others prefer to roll up the processes and move the review and approval of documentation, procedures, testing, and so on, through a corporate oversight team.

AuditProjectsbyLocationThe policyIQ implementation partner starts by listening to your plans and wishes. Using a combination of tools within policyIQ—separation of Templates, development of parallel folder hierarchies, addition of dropdown fields to create definition and distinction, configuration of necessary approval processes, to name a few—we help companies to see how they can have their processes and documentation managed in a centrally accessible platform. They can take advantage of the security options to grant appropriate access or to restrict viewing to a specified audience.

Some tools are more rigid in their design. If your organization does not fit their layout, you are left with a decision—do we change what we’re doing to better fit in their tool? On the policyIQ team, we do tend to be change ambassadors, but for all the right reasons. You don’t have to change the way that you do business to fit our tool. We can accommodate your structure as it is. If you are considering rethinking “the way it’s always been done” and want to make improvements, we are also prepared to support you with subject matter expertise to take advantage of this time to improve upon your processes and information management practices.

With more than a decade in this space, we have touched companies of all shapes and sizes from a wide range of industries, public and private, local and global companies. Yes, policyIQ can really help companies just like yours. Reach out to us and we’ll help you to get started right away!

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About Stephenie Buehrle

Stephenie is the “solutions” expert on the policyIQ team. With RGP since 2004, she designs and develops solutions that capitalize on the best practices of the hundreds of companies that she has touched, while tailoring each configuration to meet the unique needs of each client. Before joining RGP and the policyIQ team, Stephenie enjoyed working as an independent consultant in the non-profit sector. Stephenie also previously performed analyst services for a major brewer ranging from roles in biological and chemical services to analytical roles in business process improvement and innovation. Stephenie quips that she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, but hopes to spend her days helping others (companies, individuals, and communities) to realize their full potential.

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