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New Business Requirements


New Business Requirements continually emerge as companies proceed through PLAN, DO, CHECK, and ADVANCE phases.  HSE-MIS solutions should be enhanced or developed after considering User Feedback, new or changed processes, products, or services, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory changes. In addition, a formal process should be put in place to manage changes in the HSE-MIS solution as they emerge.


 Key Concepts  
  • A formal process, such as a governing body, for managing new business requirements will help ensure that changes are evaluated appropriately and fit into the overall HSE-MIS solutions objectives. 
  • When evaluating New Business Requirements consider such things as:
    • Effects on budget, scope, and user acceptance
    • Impacts to existing standards or HSE-MIS solutions functionality, such as design standards or business workflow processes
    • The overall impact on the HSE-MIS solutions from incorporating New Business Requirements
    • Requirements initially considered New Business Requirements may, after further evaluation, be better understood as Training needs instead.


 Practical Advice  
  • Think strategically when it comes to technology and business changes. Utilize the ideas and contacts from routine interactions with governing bodies such as project steering committees.
  • Design systems with enough flexibility to accommodate new requirements. Allowing the user to define functionality, such as entering selection values from menu items, can increase flexibility (as opposed to hard-coded programming).
  • Use a systematic and phased approach to allow users to evaluate proposed changes and provide User Input. 
  • Make sure each change is carefully evaluated against goals, objectives, and the overall plan. It may be impossible to please everyone, but it is important to consider all opinions. 
  • Attempt to develop a schedule for updating or incorporating new requirements.



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