What trends in Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) software can we expect to see at work in 2017? Some trends remain from years past, like cloud computing and Big Data, but new players including augmented and virtual reality and cybersecurity are making a name in the workplace. As leaders in innovation and evolution, our team is constantly evaluating how we can integrate emerging technology with our compliance and management applications. Our team weighs-in with these 7 EHS software trends to watch in 2017.
1.) Big Data is still big
With so many workplaces going digital, data integration software has become an essential tool for EHS program leaders. Why? It links performance with analytics, piecing together how to proactively address incidents and risks and how to plan preventative action. Big Data is nothing new, but this year EHS management can up the ante by factoring collaboration, such as social networks, for further analytics and insights.
2.) Improving the employee experience
Focusing on employee culture not only keeps workers happy: it keeps them safe. Up to 80% of workplace incidents are stress-related, according to The American Psychological Association. We can expect to see a greater emphasis on protecting employees mentally and physically to benefit overall workplace safety and performance. Our team has seen first-hand how organizations have found success using Employee Engagement Software and Mobile-Centric Solutions to improve employee experience with EHS management systems and processes.
3.) Tech trends
This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t give you the details on the latest tech to come in 2017. Internet of Things (IoT) is on the rise as the market widens and becomes more affordable, enabling companies to adopt technologies such as smartwatches and glasses, virtual and augmented realities and beacon deployment. We could go on and on about how this emerging tech will transform EHS & Sustainability in 2017, so we dedicated an entire blog post to it, including how our team plans to integrate cutting-edge technology with Gensuite applications.
4.) Make way for Mobile
There’s an app for everything, including EHS compliance and management. The popularity of mobile usage at work is spreading like wildfire, for its ease of use, attainability and availability. These days, workers can do everything from conducting audits to reporting incidents and more on their mobile phones or tablets. Watch this video to see our Gensuite EHS Mobile app in action – “All Your EHS in the Palm of Your Hand”!
5.) A time for change
The workplace is continuously changing to meet evolving demands from markets, technologies and new generations of workers. Each year, EHS managers should focus on how they can adapt their programs to perform efficiently in the face of constant change. Change management software streamlines the management of operational change, from simple process updates to entire organizational restructuring and everything in between.
6.) Up in the Cloud
It’s time to get under the cloud! Cloud computing that is. Organizations worldwide use cloud-based systems to store virtually anything—emails, backup, files, EHS data and more. According to leading worldwide research company Technavio, the global virtual desktop infrastructure market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 11.31 percent until 2020. Cloud computing is a fast maturing field, creating a unified computing system that supports today’s global, distributed workforce. Gensuite offers cloud-based software applications across functions in EHS & Sustainability, Quality, Security, Responsible Sourcing and Product Stewardship.
7.) Cyber threats call for cybersecurity
In this digital age, limiting security management to just physical dangers just won’t cut it. Cybersecurity poses separate, complex threats that organizations must prepare for. The Business Journals advises organizations to prioritize cybersecurity literacy in 2017, including identifying potential risks such as phishing attacks, social engineering and ransomware. Security Management software provides complete visibility to your company’s physical and digital landscape, revealing current risks and how to manage them.
While we can’t predict how these EHS software trends will actually play out throughout the year, one thing is certain—technology will be more present in 2017. The Gensuite community is one that continues to push the innovation envelope – across technology, process improvement, and performance excellence! Our team is ready to serve you, whether you choose to adopt new devices at work, or are looking for Security Management software to protect your business. Partner with us as your business needs evolve in 2017 and into the future.