The 2013 GRC Technology Innovator awards was filled with competition. The number of submissions more than doubled over 2012. With 57 submissions there were only twelve slots for winners. GRC 20/20 looked through all of the submissions, asked for clarification where needed, and selected the 12 recipients to receive this honor.
Number 1 is MetricStream’s Zaplet which showed technology innovation for the GRC Marketplace: the Force.com of GRC.
MetricStream’s Zaplet brings the benefits of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology to the GRC space, providing a platform to build, market, and sell specialized GRC applications using the power of cloud technology and community. This enables the broadest GRC ecosystem of partners and content providers to deploy GRC applications and content. At its core is the GRC App Store, a web-based marketplace, where customers can browse, learn about, license, and run GRC apps and integrated content. Each app has its own data models, workflows, information flows, content, reports, dashboards, and templates that are fully tailored to specific requirements around a business process, industry mandate, or regulatory requirement. These apps are rich in content and functionality as they are designed and developed by GRC subject matter experts. Developers build applications using the AppStudio suite of development tools, which provides a visual environment with web-based drag-and-drop tools for defining workflows and information routing rules, forms, business reporting processes, and the underlying business logic that controls the interactions between various elements. Developers and partners can provide customer demos, free trials, and upgrades, while accessing critical customer feedback and any new requirements via the GRC App Store.