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Enterprise Risk Management Application

With a modern web application, the global corporation ABB can approach enterprise risk management more active today than with the previous Excel solution: 1stQuad has developed an enterprise risk management tool which, with comprehensive reporting, up-to-date risk overview in the form of a heat map and an attractive user interface, turns risk management from an annoying duty into a pleasant task and adapts flexibly to the complex, constantly changing organizational structures.

ABB Information Systems Ltd

ABB Ltd is a Swedish-Swiss power and automation technology group headquartered in Zurich, which was created in 1988 from the merger of the Swedish ASEA and the Swiss BBC. The group is active worldwide and employs about 147,000 people in 100 countries.


The industrial group ABB traditionally operated Enterprise Risk Management on the basis of Excel templates. For consolidation, the spreadsheets of each of the more than 120 business units had to be merged – a complex and error-prone process. Occasionally the templates were even modified, making it difficult to compare them with the previous year.

Modern Enterprise Risk Management solution

ABB commissioned 1stQuad to transfer the previous Excel solution into a modern web application. The FAST Framework of 1stQuad, which had already proven itself in previous projects for ABB, serves as a basis. In the course of the development of the new application, the previously rather static risk management has changed into a dynamic process with always up-to-date information. In the agile, iterative development process 1stQuad was able to provide innovative suggestions to the customer again and again, even beyond the purely technical aspects.

For example, risk information used to be collected once a year but is now updated quarterly, and the business units are supported by subject matter experts who specialize in specific risks. The collected data can be flexibly evaluated, aggregated, and compared with previous periods via the comprehensive reporting system. As a final result, the new Enterprise Risk Management tool provides a clear risk presentation. The risks can also be viewed at any time in the form of a risk heat map.


At ABB, risk management has changed fundamentally with the web application: While evaluations used to involve a great deal of effort, important findings can now be obtained easily and in a short time. The departments involved now deal with the risks more actively – risk management has been transformed from a tiresome duty to a pleasant task that quickly provides useful information.

We were impressed by how 1stQuad repeatedly prompted us with questions and suggestions to rethink and improve established processes, understanding and assumptions. Of greatest benefit were the regular interactive workshops in which we transformed a simple Excel-based process flow into a customized and interactive risk management platform.

Witold Boinski, ERM Project Manager

ABB Information Systems Ltd

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