Executive Oversight in policyIQ: Dashboards, Charts and Graphs

Does management want or need oversight of your policyIQ work?  Perhaps YOU want a quick way to check the progress your team has made on SOX work, audit prep, policy updates, or the like.

Simplify the sometimes chaotic world of GRC documentation with policyIQ’s arrangement of Custom Charts and Graphs – all available to be placed on any Advanced user’s Dashboard.

Charts and Graphs are a visual version of your reports in the system.  Simply create a new Page Report, and then choose a chart or graph as your Report Layout. Perhaps control owners are updating controls for the new SOX year – or maybe even performing testing on financial controls.   Set the report filter to any of these types of content.

As usual, pick the display filters/columns that you want to see in the results, with the first or top selection being the chart parameter (how you’d like the chart divided up).  In the case of many site administrators, they’re going to want to set the chart parameter to something like Stage – which will show which pages are in draft, are checked out, or are finished and published.

Save and run the report/chart, and see your results!  Because it is built in the same spirit as a report, the chart can be accessed (with proper security setup) by other users in the site, and even stored on their Dashboards.

Thinking about automating administrator oversight of your policyIQ site?  Look no further than Custom Charts and Graphs, available on every policyIQ site!

policyIQ 7.8: Saving Clicks – One Rule at a Time

In the GRC world (like most others), time is money.  Finding a tool like policyIQ that keeps your organization’s critical documentation accessible, updated and organized is key.  But even within our own tool, we’re always looking to make our software simpler for users to interact with, and improve the experience for our users.

policyIQ 7.8 (available this summer) will feature Field Rules for the very first time.  Field Rules will allow Administrators to set up behind-the-scenes triggers on user selections of List Fields that change other fields on the same page or form.  For example, Field 1 may have a rule built that electing “Yes” on that field will prompt the following 3 fields to be required.  Or, that same field could have a response of “No” trigger all remaining fields to be skipped (and the user wouldn’t have the option to fill them in).  Alternatively, you could also set up fields to be auto-filled with an answer.

Talk about a game-changer!  A feature like this will likely cause our clients to want to rethink the way they have their templates set up, and what kinds of questions they ask for Controls, Testing, Policies, or and type of sign-off or certification.

Other features Global and User List Fields are going to make our users happy, as well.  Gone are the days of spending lots of time building a List Field only to have to replicate that work throughout in other templates.  Now, Administrators can create a List Field outside of the template area in the Global List Management area.  Once the list is created, access it from any Template!  Think of it as a “shared list”.  Need to make updates to the list?  Make the change in the Global List Management area, and those changes are reflected on all pages new and old – saving a ton of “maintenance” type work.

User Lists are List Fields made up from user accounts in the policyIQ system.  Rather than typing out user names in a list field, select a group in your groups and users tree to make up your List Field options. Done!

Other features will allow you to:

  • Create a page that is pre-linked and indexed to a folder
  • Delete and replace an attachment in one click
  • Use field prompts on Forms and Pages
  • Toggle Linked Field properties on/off
  • Add company logos when printing pages

7.8 is all about saving clicks, increasing productivity, and making the management of content and data easier.

To be first in line for policyIQ 7.8, or to get an early demonstration of how these features will work, contact us at 412-263-3330 to set up some time with a policyIQ expert.

Pinned Items on Dashboards: A 7.7 Feature that Flew Under the Radar

While the release of policyIQ version 7.7 brought some big features to the software, there were a few smaller ones that didn’t gain as much attention as they deserved.  One of those is called Pinned Items.

Pinned Items

Pinned Items is a feature available to Site Administrators under the Tools & Settings menu on the left hand navigation.  This tool is used to “pin” items (Pages, Files, Public Form Templates, or Reports) to their user’s dashboard item “Pinned Items”.  Think of it as “universal favorites” for your site.  The appearance of the Dashboard item is not in the individual user’s control.  Instead, it appears automatically at the top of Dashboards, and only if an item has been pinned.  Moreover, the security settings of that item still apply even if the item has been pinned.  When all pinned items have been removed, the Dashboard item will be automatically removed from the dashboards on which it appeared.

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Finally, and most importantly, local security (security at the content level) still applies to items that are pinned.  For example, suppose you have a published page and you’d like to pin it.  The security settings on the page itself are set up to allow 5 our of 10 total users to see it.  If this page is pinned, it will appear automatically on the Dashboard for those 5 users.  Users who do not have viewership of the page will be unaffected, and wont see the page or Pinned Items Dashboard item.

Common uses of Pinned Items:

So far, clients have applied Pinned Items in several ways.  The three most common?

  1. Instructional content -Some Site Administrators have wanted a way to put instructional content (either related to their pIQ content, business practices, or
    pIQ-specific instructions) in front of their users that is ultra easy to find.
  2. Favorite Reports – Each user has the option to add reports to their favorites (which is another Dashboard item).  The problem is that each user has to individually add these themselves.  Pinning a report solves that problem, and opens it up to anyone with proper access.
  3. Others – ANYTHING that you want to put in front of your users.  Specific content, a reminder of a corporate policy, etc.

Let us know if you have questions about this feature, others, or best practices!  We are always happy to help.  policyIQ: 866-753-1231

 

2016 went by fast…here’s some features you may have missed!

As last year came to a close, our policyIQ team was discussing all the new ways customers could now use our product – and we managed to surpass our expectations for the year!  While some features simply add small functionality to the software, policyIQ’s 2016 releases contained HUGE improvements to visually displaying content, content history and increasing content efficiency.  And the great news is that 2017 is looking to perhaps even surpass last year’s features!

Linked Fields

Highly anticipated and incredibly useful, Linked Fields are going to change the way content in displayed in policyIQ forever.  A common need from our user base is to be able to view a Control page, but also see some information from the Risk it is mitigating.  Linked Fields make this a reality!

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Insert a Linked Field on your Control Template, and point it to a Risk template field of your choice.  In the example here, I’m just pulling in the field “Risk Description”.  The field is shown and the properties of which are displayed just above the field content.   You can add as many Linked Fields as you’d like!

Because the fields are linked, any changes made to the Risk Page description will be reflected and displayed on the Control Page.  This saves you time, and ultimately ensures that your content is consistent without having to think about it!

Custom Charts and Graphs

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Super simple to create, Custom Charts and Graphs can be used to provide oversight to a process within your policyIQ site, project manage, or any other number of uses.  Simply build a new Page Report and choose a chart or graph as the report layout.  That’s it!  When selecting items to display (columns), keep in mind that the top or first item selected will be used as the chart parameter (the way the chart or graph will be divided up).  That’s it!  Save your chart and even add it to your Dashboard for review.

HTML Field History

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Users can now have access to the history of their HTML fields in policyIQ.  Upon each save of data within an HTML field, version and change records are kept.  After a history is established, click the blue “History” link button just above the field when viewing a page to view the Field History.

On the right, select a version of the page to view.  Changes made within that version can be toggled on and off using the “Show Markup” toggle in the toolbar at the top.  If at at point you’d like to revert to an old version of the field, select the version to display, and then click “Restore” in the toolbar.  The history window will close, and your HTML field will show the reverted version.

Other Features

There are a whole lot of features that have been added over the last year!

Form Bundle Imports 

This tool allows a user to create their Form Bundles in Excel outside the system, and then import them into policyIQ.  This helps users work offline, and in some cases, much faster.

Sum/Average Report Results 

These rows can be added within the report builder to page detail reports by clicking the checkbox on the report builder screen.  Within the results of a report, two additional rows-sum and average- will be displayed as a calculation of numerical fields across all pages in the results.

Delete Open Forms

Form Administrators will love us for this one.  Those outstanding open forms that you just couldn’t get rid of?  Now you can delete them, and keep your form results perfectly right.

 

15 minutes might save you money on your car insurance, but just 2 minutes can save you time on audit testing!

Auditors and testing teams have been asking for an even easier way to view information about the associated Control or Procedure that they are testing.  Rather than having two screens open side by side in policyIQ, auditors would prefer to see critical details about the control that they are testing right there on their test screen.

Now you can make that happen – with NO DUPLICATION OF DATA!  And it literally takes less than 2 minutes, with no additional data entry required.

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How?  If you are a Site Administrator, you need just 2 minutes, I promise!

On your Test page template, simply add a new field and select “Linked Field” as the field type.  Select the field that should be linked from another page template, save it and VOILA!

If you’ve added the Control Description field from the Control template, for example, you’ll automatically see the Control Description displayed on a Test page for any Control that is linked to it.  If there are multiple controls linked to a single Test, you’ll see multiple Control Descriptions, identified by the page name.

This function does not apply to audit testing alone!  Consider these other ideas:

  • Pull vendor information into a Contract page.
  • Bring risk descriptions to Control pages.
  • Create Process pages that pull in linked Control Descriptions.
  • Pull project task descriptions into Action Items.
  • Bring issue details into a Remediation Plan.

Want more information?  Contact us at support@policyIQ.com.

7.7 Feature: Custom Chart and Graph Data Output

In policyIQ version 7.6, we introduced our clients to custom charts and graphs for the very first time.  This feature lets users to show their data using the chart or graph output of the report builder that they use in other areas of the product.

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After its release this summer, many users provided feedback that they would like the ability to access pages directly from the chart or graph.

Great news-we listened!

Clicking the “Show All” link within your Dashboard chart or graph will now display all content that was generated.  The data will be displayed in the table row by row just as it would if it was generated using a typical Detail Report layout.  At this point, users can take action on items by selecting them and looking to the toolbar for their options.

The only part of this experience is the generation of the chart or graph itself.  Originally, we only allowed users to select one “column” for the chart, and this selection would dictate how the chart was divided up (in the example above and below, we divided by page Stage).  Because users wanted to interact with the data, we wanted to allow users to add more than one “column” of data so that clicking “Show All” would yield more than a single column worth of results.

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When generating the chart, select as many columns as you like, making sure that the selection you want to divide the char tor graph by is in the first position (above).  Click save, and then save and run your chart or graph.

The chart will generate, and you can then select “Show All”.  Here are the results for my example here:

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You can see that any typical action can now be taken on your results…not bad, huh?  We’re excited about it, too!  Think of all the ways you may want to use custom charts and graphs in your processes.

If  you’d like to provide us additional feedback, please do!  Support@policyIQ.com

Our next great feature: Linked Fields in policyIQ

Does the task of updating control documentation in more than one location seem redundant and a drag on your day?

Changing the description or general governing details of any page in policyIQ can create a wave of changes that need to be made in other places in the site.  Wouldn’t it be great to make the update once, and have that update be reflected everywhere?

It definitely would be.  Consider it done!

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The next update of policyIQ will include a new field type: Linked Fields.  This field will be a field that is auto-populated with the data from an existing field  on a linked page.  For our SOX and Audit clients, think about things like control descriptions.  These descriptions are periodically tweaked, and that change needs to be reflected anywhere the description appears.  We’ll create a linked field on our test result pages that are likely linked to this control page, and point it at the description of the control page.  Because of this setup, the control page can be updated, and the test page will automatically pick up those changes.

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Creating new linked fields is easy, and it’s coming to your policyIQ site in the next few months!  Please contact us with any questions or thoughts on how you may take advantage of this huge new feature.

 

Work Smarter – policyIQ On-The-Go!

IMG_3479We’ve all heard the phrase “Work Smarter, not Harder”.  We keep that phrase in mind with every release of policyIQ, as we try to make each version of policyIQ smarter than the version before.

In version 7.6, we’ve added an improved mobile interface, allowing easier and more functional access to policyIQ on your mobile devices.  When policyIQ recognizes that it is being used from a mobile device, it will adjust the settings and provide a different interface, allowing you to easily search, navigate, approve items or respond to forms!

Respond to Forms via Mobile Devices!

IMG_3480Probably the biggest change in the newest version of the mobile interface is the ability to respond to forms.  When issuing out 302 Certifications, Control Reviews, Risk Assessments, Policy Sign-Offs or other critical certifications and questionnaires, your employees can now review the information on their mobile device to quickly complete their certifications.  For those team members who are frequently travelling – or for folks without regular access to desktop computers – this is invaluable!

Mobile access has our clients buzzing!

IMG_3481In one of our early release notes review sessions, Donna McLean, Knowledge Manager at Surgical Care Affiliates, expressed her excitement about the mobile access.  Now that version 7.6 has been released, we asked Donna how she feels about the mobile interface:

I love it!  It will give me quick access to look up a policy reference for a facility that is in the throes of a survey, or an Administrator who needs to refer to an HR policy and is having trouble locating it, and I’m not sitting at my desk to do so.  I’ll be travelling in a couple of weeks, and I know that inevitably things will pop up while I’m waiting for planes and I’ll need to get to PIQ in a hurry.  It is nice to know that I can from my tablet or phone.

Have you hesitated in the past to add your certifications or sign-offs to policyIQ?  There is no better time than NOW.   Contact us about pricing to expand the number of users who have access to forms, or to get some help to set up your new process!

Imports: Create content in mass, in minutes!

Clients that are looking to use a GRC product like policyIQ are often intimidated by the typically long process of uploading all of their data to the software.  policyIQ helps make this process easier by allowing users with the appropriate permissions to mass upload data to policyIQ pages.  While organizing your own data is often a tedious process, the end result is a pain-free upload to policyIQ.  Here’s how you can get started.

  1.  Decide what kind of page or data you’d like to create in bulk, and create a Page Template for it
    For many, this first step can be the most challenging.  It’s one thing to say, “We’d like to capture Control documentation in policyIQ.”  It’s another to have a very clear understanding of what types of data you want to capture, the order you’d like them to be in, and many other aspects of the data gathering process.  Having a clear vision for what you’d like to capture makes the rest of the data import process that much easier.
  2. Where will your new pages of data sit?
    Content in policyIQ sits in a folder structure much like any other PC or disk drive you might store electronic files in.  Many clients choose to store files in folders that are organized by department name, division, geographical location, or other such easy to understand structure.  Each client and company are unique, so decide what is going to make the most sense for your users.
  3. Who is going to have access to these newly created pages?
    We always suggest using the import process to “fill out” as many aspects of your new pages as possible, including security.  Yes, even security measures can be included in your spreadsheet, with page-by-page adjustments possible.  While you may not have the exact individual user accounts created prior to conducting the import, you certainly can and should create the groups.  Perhaps a group called “Policy Administrators” will have administrative rights to all new policy pages.  This group can be added to page security via import, and the have the users added to the group at a later, more convenient time.
  4. Comb through and organize your data in the spreadsheet
    Massaging your data can be a tedious process-but making sure you have the right data associated with the right page is essential.  Take your time making sure that your data is in the right place.
  5. Import!
    With just a few clicks, begin the Import process in policyIQ!  Hundreds or even thousands of pages can be created in just minutes.  Refresh the table to check the import progress, or go grab a cup of coffee.  By the time you return, you can refresh the site to find all of your newly created pages neatly indexed into the folders that you selected.
  6. Continue making changes in bulk.
    With the right permissions, users conducting the import can continue to make adjustments to their data.  Want to add a group to the security?  No problem.  Other, more “complicated” changes such as adding an additional field, field selection, or other change to the content of your import can be done as well, with a feature called Import to Update.

Sound too good to be true?  It really is that easy.  Contact a policyIQ expert today, and we can help you get started with your new policyIQ endeavor.  The last thing anyone wants to do is create pages one at a time.  The Import function makes that process lightning quick.