The Active Risk Blog


Guest blog - Paul Leach – Principal of Commercial & Risk, JukesTodd.   In our business we provide professional services to improve outcomes and business performance for organizations in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors.   We identified early on when working with our clients that good risk management practice is essential to the successful delivery of all projects including achievement of agreed budgets and timescales. In fact, risk management has always been fundamental to our services approach.   While skilled at identifying risk and opportunities, we recognized that we needed a disciplined approach to help us better manage and drive value from the risk management process – a system that would benefit both us and our clients.   For us Active Risk Manager is that system – it helps us to keep track of project risks, and holds us to account for delivery of effective risk ...  



Don't count on it   I was reading an interesting blog post the other day that stated that Risk Management is something organizations do, not something they buy. This struck a chord with me.   I found myself thinking about the pros and cons of this viewpoint. While simply buying a tool to manage risk clearly isn't going to do the job on its own, these days, you can't manage risk across a complex enterprise, or even a project, without some form of specialist technology.   When we boil it right down, organizations are made up of people who do their jobs to the best of their abilities. However, while you are a risk professional, most of the other people in your organization probably aren't.   As we all know, getting the risk management process to work across the company might work on paper, but is often hard ...  



Now that we are heading into autumn and, dare I say it, winter (at least in the UK), it's time for a quick bit of reflection on what has been a great summer. Our global customer conferences have attracted record numbers and ARM Risk Express received an industry accolade.   Among other appointments, we have recently hired a new Account Director for Australia, supporting expansion in the region and helping us to further strengthen our offering to our growing customer base. We have also made further new appointments across the business in the product areas of development and quality assurance, ensuring that ARM continues to deliver a robust solution to manage risk across the enterprise.   The release of ARM Risk Express during the summer has been very well received by all that have seen it, as well as winning a 2015 GRC ...  



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Our recent ARM User Conference in Sydney was a great opportunity to meet with customers and find out more about some of the work that you are doing in the field. Understanding about your businesses and the challenges that you face helps us to provide support during your project implementations and feedback development ideas for the future.   We know that many of you champion a risk management culture in your organisations and that your businesses are really seeing the benefits of adopting such an approach. Which is why we were particularly pleased to present our new Innovation Award at the conference to the team at Downer Rail for their outstanding approach to risk management in their business practices across their organization.   Ali Sawtell, receiving the Innovation Award on behalf of Downer from Tony Mullen.   What exactly is the Innovation Award and why Downer? As ...  



With the Sword Active Risk Sydney conference taking place last month our series of global conferences is over for another year. We are already planning for next year, and in so doing, I got thinking about the feedback we had from our customer survey and the state of the risk industry in general. Without doubt risk management and its alter-ego, opportunity management, are gaining profile within the broader business community.   As businesses become more global and are more susceptible to a much wider range of risks including from within the supply chain, so management boards are looking to risk management to help with business planning.   However, it needs to be more than just a simple box-ticking exercise, or heaven forbid, reliant on spreadsheets. Achieving Risk Maturity, where there is an embedded risk culture within the organization is a journey. In our ...