With the upsurge in technology solutions for comprehensive project and document management, there is no real shortage of online software solutions created specifically for ISO project implementation. This makes it a lot harder to identify the solution that best fits your organizational operations and can truly help you implement any ISO standard in due time.

In this article, we offer advice for what to look for when searching for the right online software solution to help you with your ISO 9001, ISO 14001, or ISO 27001 implementation project.

Identifying the right ISO software

As with any other business operations software, there really is no one-size-fits-all solution for ISO management. Every company has its own DNA, and it’s nearly impossible to find an ISO software solution to meet all unique requirements organizations can request, on a budget. However, there are some ground rules your top choice should respect. Your online ISO software should be:

  1. accessible to all project members, anytime, anyplace. Yes, it sounds corny, but the reality is that a lot of organizations are still using internally built networks and in-house tools to communicate and access company data, all confined to a space between office walls. Online tools are a perfect alternative.
  2. created specifically for ISO project management. Try to avoid software solutions with extensions for ISO management components. They generally underestimate the requirements of the complex document management process and follow-up activities, often failing to meet deadlines and ISO project objectives.
  3. packed with project, task, document, and discussion modules. Anything less, and you are missing a key feature component to host and execute all the activities tied to the implementation of the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001 standards. You need these modules to help you keep everything in one place and stay on top of the potential chaos.
  4. infused with strong knowledge support and software support. Having an online software solution for ISO management is fantastic. However, like any tool, it only solves half the problem; without the support and knowledge components, there is a risk that the software will never gain a real foothold in your organization and become just another wasted investment. You need advice for what to do next in your ISO project, when to do it, and how. If your solution is missing that, then it is not complete. Excellent and – above all – responsive technical support is something that should really go without saying; but, these days, good support seems awfully hard to find.
  5. secure and stable. If your application crashes every few minutes for no apparent reason, or you experience more downtime than availability, it is not the tool you want. So, do ask around about the data protection model, where your data is stored, and what the account termination procedures entail.
  6. affordable. If you are paying $25,000 for a software solution to allow you to implement a standard by yourself, well, hire a consultant. If it provides you with everything you need for half that amount, well, you save a lot of money. So, look for a tool that justifies its cost and gives you real ROI.

If the online ISO tool you choose has all of these features, then it rocks.

Have you tried Conformio yet?

Conformio is an online ISO software created by the experts at Advisera Expert Solutions Ltd for everyone who needs a supporting tool to successfully implement ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 14001 projects.

Many companies have found the use of Conformio helpful in managing their ISO implementations, by leveraging the following features:

  1. constant accessibility, anytime, anyplace – as an online tool, Conformio provides easy access to project information for all relevant stakeholders, anytime, anyplace.
  2. strong focus on ISO management – Conformio is an ISO management tool, so it is designed to support ISO project management, and it has additional modules for managing security incidents, environmental incidents, customer complaints, non-conformities, and corrective actions.
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Figure 1 – View of the Security incidents module on Conformio

  1. effective project, task, document, and communication management modules – with Conformio, you can manage any number of different projects, tasks, documents, and discussions, keeping ISO chaos at bay. These features will support all aspects of the complex ISO project, to enable you to steer it to a successful implementation.
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Figure 2 – Managing documents on Conformio

  1. strong expert and technical support – Conformio has step-by-step guides for the ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 14001 standards packed with instructions for what to do next, when to do it, and how to do it properly. Our technical support is vigilant and responsive 24/7, empowering you to keep working on what truly matters – your ISO implementation project.
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Figure 3 – View of the step-by-step implementation guide for ISO 27001 on Conformio

  1. secure and stable – as a company that offers ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) documentation toolkits and expert knowledge, we made sure that Conformio meets all the necessary security requirements we teach others to implement. We guarantee 98.5% service availability, so you don’t need to worry about downtime, either.
  2. best value for money – our prices are aligned to the needs of small and medium companies looking for an intuitive software solution to implement the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001 standards using a DYI approach. There are no investments in hardware, training, or additional services. Everything is on Conformio.

Consider these rules in your search for the right software solution, and you will definitely have a head start in the race for ISO project implementation. The time and resources you spare while implementing your ISO project using Conformio will not only justify the investment, but will also bring significant ROI when the time comes to renew the certification.

Technology gives us a much-needed edge to do more, faster and better. So, why not try it? It’s free.

Click here to open a free account at Conformio ‑ you’ll have free access for 5 users to the unlimited features of the ISO management tool compliant with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001.