2014 GRC Technology Innovation Award: ACL Goes Mobile with the Most Complete and Intuitive Mobile Interface for GRC
The 2014 GRC Technology Innovation Awards was filled with competition. Nominations increased to 62 over last year’s awards, and fifteen winners were selected. GRC 20/20 looked through all of the submissions, asked for clarification where needed, and selected15 recipients that demonstrated outside the box thinking in taking GRC in new directions to receive this year’s award.
ACL Goes Mobile with the Most Complete and Intuitive Mobile Interface for GRC
ACL has brought end-to-end audit management functionality to Apple mobile devices in the form of a native mobile app, used in conjunction with their cloud-based GRC and audit management platform. The ability to leverage a native app (not mobile web or low-fidelity “hybrid” type applications) enables ACL to make full use of the hardware capabilities of Apple mobile devices including:
User Interface. Touch, gestures, responsiveness, hardware rotation, etc.
Multimedia evidence capture. Create and attach photos, videos, sound recordings, geo-location, etc. from within an audit procedure, control walkthrough, control test, etc.
Scan to PDF. Use the app to “scan” hard copy documents directly into the system without leaving a given audit step or control test by taking a picture of the document. The app’s PDF generation engine will automatically convert to a document-quality PDF.
Cloud connected. Built to enable connectivity and integration to their native multi-tenant software as a service ACL GRC platform so that none of the typical connectivity challenges to on premise server infrastructures impede easy access and use.
This is the first GRC mobile app to bring the full power of design delivered through powerful and capable devices, to the problem of audit management. GRC 20/20 sees a major shift beginning occurring where document, spreadsheets, and paper binders are being replaced by multimedia including audio, video, photo, data visualization, geo-location, etc.
There are many GRC mobile solutions on the market – but they offer limited functionality and do not always take full advantage of the native mobile environment. ACL has now fully engaged the capability of the device to leverage multimedia capabilities of the devices as well as redesigned the application from the ground-up to take advantage of the incredible power available in the iOS SDK. The platform was expanded to enable complete enterprise risk assessment and reporting in a fully touch interactive environment.
The historic reality after fieldwork finished there would be an additional two weeks of work to be completed compiling notes, transcribing, documenting, etc. after leaving the field, then another two weeks of report writing and revisions. Progressively leveraging ACL GRC for iOS and its multimedia capability, the auditors can potentially walk out of the field completely done and documented with multimedia backing up a clean, engaging audit report. This enables users to work in an environment where they are able to create and capture both interactive media and structured data to accomplish existing audit goals while not relegating themselves to countless hours of tedious document preparation only to end up with all of their data forever “trapped” by documents.
The key innovation is that the app leverages the native iOS SDK to provide the most superior mobile GRC user experience that GRC 20/20 has encountered with deep integration with the device’s hardware capabilities including camera, microphone, GPS, touch gestures, hardware rotation, etc. This provides a faster, better, more beautiful, and more tightly integrated experience for the user than a mobile web app or a wrapper for the web that pretends to be an app.