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Essential ERM

Essential ERM is a secure web-based Enterprise Risk Management system. Easy-to-use screens and innovative visual features engage business unit managers, executives and board members. Essential ERM is an excellent catalyst to launc...Read more about Essential ERM

4.7 (23 reviews)

6 recommendations


AuditBoard is the leading cloud-based platform transforming audit, risk, and compliance management. Nearly 50% of the Fortune 500 leverage AuditBoard to move their businesses forward with greater clarity and agility. AuditBoard ...Read more about AuditBoard

4.7 (298 reviews)

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NAVEX IRM (formerly Lockpath)

Recognized as a Leader in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant for both IT Risk Management and IT Vendor Risk Management, NAVEX IRM brings visibility to risks frequently managed in disparate sources. It aggregates internal data points from...Read more about NAVEX IRM (formerly Lockpath)

4.7 (20 reviews)

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GOAT Risk™. The pain free way to manage risk - so you can get on with managing your business. GOAT Risk is an easy to use, flexible, low cost Enterprise Risk Management software solution packed with all the tools you need to mana...Read more about GOAT Risk

4.7 (49 reviews)

1 recommendations

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Fusion Framework System

The Fusion Framework System is a risk and resilience platform designed to help businesses understand how their business works, how it breaks, and how to put it back together again. Fusion's software helps organizations visualize t...Read more about Fusion Framework System

4.4 (45 reviews)

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VelocityEHS ESG|EHS software is trusted by 1/3 of the Fortune Global 1000 and thousands of other companies across industries to manage the environment, health, and safety programs. VelocityEHS modules include incident management...Read more about VelocityEHS

4.4 (34 reviews)

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MasterControl Quality Excellence

MasterControl is the #1 QMS in the life sciences with more life sciences customers than any other QMS provider. For over 30 years, we’ve helped companies of all sizes bring their life-changing products to market sooner. We provide...Read more about MasterControl Quality Excellence

KPA Flex

KPA Flex is an all-in-one cloud-based safety management software platform designed the help organizations quickly establish and implement a comprehensive safety program, make data-driven decisions, and take real-time action to kee...Read more about KPA Flex


Pirani Riskment Suite is a risk management platform designed to help businesses control, govern and maintain compliance across corporate processes. Administrators can set up different evaluation criteria and identify risks based o...Read more about Pirani


Safesite is a cloud-based software that helps construction and real estate businesses design and conduct inspections and audits to record safety issues and ensure a secure workplace. Organizations can log hazards, define resolutio...Read more about Safesite

HSI Donesafe

Unlock the potential of your EHS program with HSI Donesafe - the ultimate single source of truth. Say goodbye to data deficiency and time constraints to embrace streamlined operations and actionable EHS insights. HSI Donesafe hel...Read more about HSI Donesafe

LogicGate Risk Cloud

LogicGate Risk Cloud® is a no-code governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) platform that scales and adapts to your changing business needs and regulatory requirements. It combines a suite of purpose-built Applications with intuitiv...Read more about LogicGate Risk Cloud


ecoPortal is a risk management software for businesses in New Zealand, which helps them conduct environment, health and safety (EHS) from a centralized platform. Managers can receive notifications about safety incidents and affect...Read more about ecoPortal


Trusted by insurance brokers/carriers and property managers, SmartCompliance is a self-service insurance tracking and compliance management solution designed to assist organizations with automating the certificate of insurance (CO...Read more about SmartCompliance


ZenGRC is a cloud-based and on-premise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management solution. It serves businesses of all sizes in any industry, including technology, retail, consumer goods, health care and finance. Primary fe...Read more about ZenGRC


NAVEX Global is a fully integrated compliance management system that allows businesses to consolidate their entire GRC program onto a scalable cloud-based platform. The suite of GRC software and training tools offers functionality...Read more about NAVEX  One


Founded in 2015, C1Risk is a privately held, woman, minority-owned technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley. The 1Risk platform is a cloud-based SaaS, single, integrated, interconnected system designed to be the one sour...Read more about C1Risk


Apptega is a cloud-based compliance management solution that helps businesses design cybersecurity frameworks/programs and generate compliance reports. It enables users to build security frameworks in accordance with selected regu...Read more about Apptega


Scanmarket is a contract and compliance management solution for businesses of all sizes designed to help streamline the entire contract lifecycle, from compliance delivery to risk mitigation and resource planning. Key features inc...Read more about Scanmarket


Auditrunner is an on-prem and cloud-based low-code platform that assists businesses with creating complex applications to automate and digitize business processes for compliance, risk management, auditing, and quality management. ...Read more about Auditrunner

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

Risks are an inherent part of every business, and they come in several forms. While some risks like natural calamities and accidents cannot be foreseen, others such as financial, strategic, and operational risks can be managed and mitigated using the proper risk management framework.

36% of businesses either don’t have a structured process for identifying and reporting top risk exposures to their board, or they track risks in silos with minimal reporting of aggregate risk exposures. Such businesses can use enterprise risk management (ERM) software to monitor their daily activities, identify risks, and build risk management strategies that safeguard against both internal and external business risks.

But choosing an ERM tool with the right features is a complex task. To help you, we’ve created this buyers guide that has all the information needed to evaluate the options available for your business.

Here's what we'll cover:

What is ERM software?

ERM software is cloud-based software that helps businesses identify and monitor financial, strategic, and operational risks. It assists in mitigating the impact of risks on organizations’ earnings and operations.

ERM software alerts businesses about potential risks to prevent losses and subsequent business failure. Companies can analyze these alerts and thereafter use the findings to frame relevant risk management policies, avoid risk-prone processes, and eliminate the chances of exposure to familiar risks.


Risk trends graph in Essential ERM (Source

Common features of ERM software

Identifying the common features of ERM software will help you select a solution that offers the highest level of risk protection for your business. Here are some key features that you should look for in an ERM tool.

Entity management

Manage, store, and track organizational documents and records to analyze and mitigate risks across processes.

Risk mitigation tracking

Build a repository of mitigation activities, controls, and procedures to detect risk-prone operational areas and resources. Assess these resources and operational areas to spot process gaps.

Compliance management

Receive automated reminders for deadlines, maintain a record of each change or action with the help of an automatic logging system, and track compliance requirements by jurisdiction/geography.


Create interactive reports using data visualization tools, such as graphs.

Incident management

Report security breaches and fraudulent activities, manage escalations, track investigations, analyze resolutions, and generate insightful reports.

What type of buyer are you?

Based on the type of risk management required, there are two categories of ERM software buyers: businesses that want only compliance risk management software and business that want a complete risk management solution. Let's dive into both of these.

  • Buyers that need only compliance risk management: Regulatory compliance is mandated by law, and many companies need assistance with managing business risks specific to compliance management. ERM software dedicated to compliance risk management helps companies mitigate compliance-related risks. It uses data extracted from systems to provide business intelligence on processes and areas that are prone to being noncompliant. This type of software assists businesses in eliminating risks caused on account of compliance violations.

  • Buyers that need complete risk management: Besides compliance risks, businesses also need help with managing various types of internal and external risks. Internal risks are risks that arise during the normal course of business operations, while external risks can be attributed to factors beyond management’s control. A complete risk management solution offers protection against both internal and external risks. It identifies risks, analyzes the probability of these risks affecting business operations, and provides the data needed to build efficient risk mitigation strategies.

Benefits of ERM software

Understanding the benefits of ERM software will help you assess why your business needs this software and build a strong business case for an investment. Following are the key benefits of ERM software:

  • Enhanced risk forecasting: ERM software alerts businesses to potential threats and gives them ample time to analyze and mitigate threat situations. As a result, businesses are more aware of the threats facing their operations and can use these alerts to respond immediately or frame risk mitigation strategies to tackle future threat situations.

  • Improved decision making: ERM software is often linked to a project management dashboard that’s equipped with real-time data. Analysis of this data empowers businesses with the capability to make smarter business decisions and avoid processes that are more prone to risks.

  • Timely escalation of matters: ERM software streamlines the risk management process and ensures that threats are escalated on time to the concerned personnel, who then devise a mitigation plan. The software analyzes risks in real time and sends immediate alerts when it detects a threat.

Considerations when choosing ERM software

Before zeroing in on an ERM tool, you should vet all available options and also consider the impact the tool’s implementation will have on your future workflows. Here are a few key considerations that you must keep in mind to maximize return on investments (ROI) from software purchase:

  • Analyze your existing risk management processes: The best practice approach to buying ERM software is to first evaluate your current risk management stance. Analyze the effectiveness of your existing ERM processes and discuss the pain points faced by the security team. Once you’ve identified the pain points, choose an ERM solution that’s capable of effectively resolving these concerns.

  • Availability as a mobile application: Considering risks can arise at any time, your preferred ERM software should be available on mobile devices in the form of an app. A mobile app will help reduce desktop dependence, offer a 360-degree view of risk situations, provide anytime access to risk analyses, and ensure that you receive threat alerts while you’re on the go.

  • Integration capability: The ERM solution you wish to purchase should integrate well with your existing business applications. The integration capability will ensure that your ERM software has seamless access to business, financial, and strategic data that needs to be analyzed for potential risks and threats.

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