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Overview of the ACL GRC Modules and How They Work Together

As an ACL GRC customer, you probably know that you have access to the four modules that make up the product—Strategy, Projects, Results, and Reports. But the question is, do you know how the four modules work together to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your audit management, risk management, and compliance activities? Using these four modules, teams can organize their activities in a centralized workflow and aggregate data and statuses for real-time decision-making and reporting.

In this newsletter, we are going to break down each module to look at their features and functionalities, and see how they connect to each other so you can start using ACL GRC to its fullest capability!

What is Strategy?

Strategy is the module that allows you to identify, assess, and monitor strategic risks. Strategic risks are risks that affect an organization’s business strategy. Identifying these strategic risks is an important step in establishing an organization’s exposure to uncertainties or opportunities. Once you have identified the risks, you can either manually add or import risks from ACL’s Risk Library to build your organization’s strategic risk profile. While assessing the strategic risks, you can perform collaborative risk assessments, using Risk Workshops, to invite different stakeholders to discuss and score risks. Upon completing a risk assessment, you can use visualizations, such as risk heatmaps, to convey the potential likelihood and impact of the risks so that strategic decisions can be made for the health of the organization.

Risk Library in Strategy:

Risk Library in Strategy

Example of a risk workshop:

Risk Workshop

Example of a risk heatmap:

Risk Heatmap

Sounds like something you want to use to manage your organization’s strategic risks? Check out the Quick Start guides in our Help Docs to learn how!

How does Strategy connect to the other ACL GRC modules?

Strategy Reference Manual

Relationship Description
Strategy ↔ Projects Link objectives in Projects to risks in Strategy to track assurance and testing results associated with strategic risks.
Strategy ↔ Results Link metrics in Results to strategic risks in Strategy to help inform the risk assessment.
Strategy ↔ Reports Create customized reports based on data in Strategy.

What is Projects?

Projects is the module that helps you effectively plan, manage, execute, and report your project work across your team and organization. It is a fully automated working papers solution intended for audit management, compliance management, operational risk management, and risk and control monitoring. Using Projects can help you streamline your fieldwork, documentation, reporting, and manage all your organizational issues and remediation statuses in one central place. If you don’t know where to start, you can use the project templates to jump-start your project. These templates come with pre-populated risks, controls, project procedures, etc., and you can customize them as needed. Projects is the only ACL GRC module that gives you an option to work in remote or offline environments so you can access your work, capture supporting documentation anywhere, and sync information when you return online.

Project templates in Projects:

Project template in Projects

Managing compliance with Compliance Maps in Projects:

Managing compliance with compliance maps

Want to use Projects to plan, manage, execute, and report on your project work? Follow this Quick Start guide in our Help Docs to get started!

How does Projects connect to the other ACL GRC modules and ACL products?

How projects connects to other ACL modules

Relationship Description
Projects ↔ Strategy Link objectives in Projects to risks in Strategy to track assurance and testing results associated with strategic risks.
ProjectsResults Link Results data (tables and metrics) to your documentation in Projects to consolidate information, sign-off when remediation is complete, and inform assessments.
ProjectsReports Create customized reports based on data in Projects.
Projects ↔ ACL GRC mobile app Check out work from Projects and use the ACL GRC mobile app to capture evidence on-the-go (take photos, record audio or videos, and scan documents to PDF).
Projects ↔ Offline Projects Check out work from Projects to perform fieldwork in offline environments.
Projects ↔ ACL Analytics Import a variety of different types of tables from Projects to ACL Analytics to perform different types of analysis.

What is Results?

Results is the module that helps you organize, track, and remediate issues or exceptions identified by data analysis results. Using Results allows you to collaborate with others, automate your workflow by creating triggers for your remediation process, and send out questionnaires to gather additional evidence and analyze responses. Once you have gathered enough data, you can build visualizations and interpretations to communicate your data insights and present them in storyboards. You can also use Results to provide complete oversight over your processes or programs by combining preventative and detective controls.

Processing records in Results:

Processing records in results

Don’t know where to start with your questionnaires? Check out our questionnaires templates that you can easily copy and customize from the Template Questionnaires Collection inside the Results module.

Template Questionnaires Collection

Example of a Results storyboard:

Results Storyboard Example

Ready to use Results? Use this Quick start guide in our Help Docs to get started!

How does Results connect to the other ACL GRC modules and ACL products?

How Results connects to other ACL modules

Relationship Description
Results Strategy Link metrics in Results to strategic risks in Strategy to help inform the risk assessment.
Results ↔ Projects Link Results data (tables and metrics) to your documentation in Projects to consolidate information, sign-off when remediation is complete, and inform assessments.
Results ↔ Reports Create customized reports based on data in Results.
Results ↔ ACL Analytics Import a variety of different types of tables from Results to ACL Analytics to perform different types of analysis or vice versa.
Results ↔ Add-in for Excel Publish data from Microsoft Excel to Results.
Results ↔ ACL GRC Analytics Exchange Script the import / export of data from ACL GRC Analytics Exchange to Results or visa versa.

What is Reports?

Reports is the module used to create custom reports from pre-assembled Views. Reports can also be displayed in dashboards and storyboards, allowing you to present key information in a single view to the relevant stakeholders. This module offers a series of report templates that represent the types of reports you can create, and the data from the ACL GRC modules you can include in your reports. You can copy these templates as a starting point for building out your reports, and customize them as needed.

Example of a dashboard:

Dashboard in Results

Example of a storyboard:

Storyboard in Reports

Report templates in Reports:

Reports Templates

Want to learn more about Reports? Get started by following our Help Docs quick start guide.

How does Reports connect to the other ACL GRC modules?

How Reports connects to other ACL modules

Relationship Description
ReportsProjects/Results/Strategy Create customized reports based on data in Projects, Results or Strategy.

Tip of the Month

Interested to learn more about how to use ACL GRC after reading this newsletter? Other than the Help Docs quick start guides mentioned above, you can also take advantage of the free online training courses in ACL Academy to gain a deeper understanding of how to use each module. In these training courses, you will find exercises, real-life scenarios, and quizzes to strengthen your knowledge. The best part is you can earn CPE credits along the way!

Here are three of our most popular ACL GRC courses:

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