One of the NERC compliance challenges that Utilities face is the need to manage a broad array of tasks, many that occur on a regularly scheduled basis.
Adding to this challenge is the need to manage tasks that need to start after other tasks finish. Trying to keep track of independent tasks in this situation is not only time-consuming, but it is highly prone to error.
A possible solution to this problem is to use process management software instead of just creating that laundry list of tasks and managing them manually. However, the minor amount of “workflow” and large number of work to be managed can result in a complex and unwieldy process management solution, one that takes a tremendous amount of time to configure and is difficult to maintain and use.
Internal Controls in the SigmaFlow solution solve these problems by providing the functionality to easily build groups of related “task chains” in each control, with recurrence set so that the solution automatically kicks-off the proper tasks at the right time. Within each Internal Control, every chained set of tasks moves forward independently– driven by preceding task completions.
The Internal Controls approach hits the sweet spot for NERC compliance tasks.
With these Internal Controls, manual task management becomes a thing of the past and the hair-pulling complexity of deploying a heavy-weight process management system is easily avoided. Not too big, not to small, just right. The Internal Controls in the SigmaFlow solution solve the challenge of efficient task management with a solution that is easy to use, cost effective, and extensible.