Categories for Spotlight Key Insights

Tip of the Month: Bringing Risk Management to Life with Key Indicators

May 8, 2024 1:51 pm

Did You Know? BarnOwl enables you to define key indicators (KIs) with targets & thresholds at every level of your organisation. BarnOwl provides all KI owners with access to the BarnOwl portal (intranet) to view and capture their KI values (unlimited free license). KIs can be defined and linked to: Objectives (Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)), Risks (Key Risk Indicators (KRIs) Controls (Key Control Indicators (KCIs) KI values can be captured manually by KI owners, or alternatively, can be updated automatically by 3rd party data analytics tools configured to test operational data / transactions and update BarnOwl KI values based on... Read more

Tip of the Month: Version 11 Embedding Risk Management with RCSAs

March 13, 2024 12:12 pm

Did You Know? BarnOwl makes it possible to send out risk and control self-assessments (RCSAs) to all risk and control owners across your organisation at the click of the button with no additional license costs. The risk profession has for many years spoken about embedding risk management within the organisation, however, in a recent BarnOwl info sharing session, presented by Mark Victor, Partner, Deloitte Risk Advisory Services, Mark says that in his experience, “accountability and ownership is still not embedded well enough and that the risk function needs to help people understand the risks that they are running and for... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Version 11.2 with new interface for RCSAs, Surveys, Questionnaires and KIs  

March 11, 2024 2:31 pm

Introduction and Agenda Thank you very much to everyone who joined the Spotlight session on the 29th February 2024. Version 11 offers our clients a fresh, modern and simplified web-based user interface for risk management utilising the latest web-based technology. Version 11.2 now incorporates all existing BarnOwl Lite functionality and more, including registers (risk, incidents, action plans), risk & control self-assessments (RCSAs), surveys, questionnaires and major enhancements to key indicators (taking into account financial periods). In addition, Version 11.2 comes with significantly enhanced Power BI reporting with extensive risk dashboards including risk, control and key indicator trends, survey analysis integrated... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Power BI and SSRS Standard Report Packs

August 1, 2023 1:29 pm

Introduction and Agenda Thank you very much to everyone who joined the Spotlight session on the 27th July 2023 and to Lizelle for presenting our new and exciting BarnOwl Power BI and SSRS report packs. One of the most important benefits of a system is to be able to generate value-add reports at the click of a button. BarnOwl’s interactive, drill-down Power BI reporting makes it easy to view aggregated information as well as analyse information at lower levels showing the effects of all inter-related risk information. BarnOwl’s standard SSRS reporting allows for detailed tabular-type (printable) reporting at any level... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: BarnOwl’s New, State of the Art, Web-Based Application

May 26, 2023 4:24 pm

Introduction and Agenda Thank you very much to everyone who joined the Spotlight session on the 25th May 2023 on Version 11. We trust that you found the session informative and that you like the new version 11 interface. Although the new interface takes a bit of ‘getting used to’, we have no doubt that you and your team will find it easy and a pleasure to work with in time. We also trust that you will get a lot of value out of the standard Power BI and SSRS reports that are now included with BarnOwl at no additional... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Internal Audit Review and Sign-off Process

April 4, 2023 10:15 am

Presented by: Jade Hiralal: Customer Services Specialist Thank you to all who attended the BarnOwl Spotlight Session on the 30th March 2023, where Jade demonstrated the Internal Audit review and sign–off process including how to raise review notes in documents and all other PFO items, as well as bulk review items. In the session, Jade demonstrated how to send items (such as documents) with review notes back to the preparer and how to close review notes and sign off documents within the PFO as well as sign off all other PFO items and how to perform a bulk sign off.... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: “WHAT’S NEW” for Internal Audit Module in Version 10 to 10.3 (Internal Audit and General BarnOwl Changes)

August 4, 2020 12:01 pm

Presented by Jade Hiralal Thank you to those who joined us for the “WHAT’S NEW” for Internal Audit spotlight held on the 15th July 2020 Objective: The objective of the session was to run through the new features in version 10 of the BarnOwl Internal Audit module covering the Internal Audit Rich application and a few general changes made to BarnOwl as a whole. The various enhancements and new features were demonstrated and explained in more detail. You can download an overview of the changes at: https://barnowl.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/what_s_new_in_barnowl_v10.1.pdf Response: We had another great turn out with close to 50 people attending... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: “WHAT’S NEW” for Risk Management Module in Version 10.0 and Version 10.1 (‘Rich’ Client and Web-Based Eclipse)

April 29, 2020 2:09 pm

Presented by Jade Hiralal Thank you to those who joined us for the “WHAT’S NEW” for Risk Management spotlight held on the 29th April 2020 Objective: The objective of the session was to run through the new features in version 10 of the BarnOwl Risk Management module covering the Rich application and the BarnOwl Eclipse web-based interface. The various enhancements and new features were demonstrated and explained in more detail. You can download an overview of the changes at: https://barnowl.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/what_s_new_in_barnowl_v10.1.pdf The version 10 audit enhancements will be covered in a separate spotlight session planned for June 2020. We will send... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Overview of the BarnOwl Risk Management Module (‘Rich’ Client and Web-Based Eclipse)

April 28, 2020 1:50 pm

Presented by Jade Hiralal Thank you to those who joined us for our first ever online Spotlight Session held on the 28th April 2020 Objective: The session served as a run-through of the BarnOwl GRC software solution focussing on the basics of the Risk Management module using both the BarnOwl ‘Rich’ application and the BarnOwl web-based (Eclipse) interface. The spotlight demonstrated the simplicity and user-friendliness of the BarnOwl risk management module. Response: We had a great turn out with close to 40 people attending this session. We appreciate your positive feedback as below: Presentation and Video links: Please see attached... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: BarnOwl Action Plans

June 21, 2018 11:06 am

The versatility and scope of BarnOwl Action Plans was demonstrated. This BarnOwl functionality is useful for so much more than Risk management and Audit. The attendees learned how to assign, update, escalate and manage the teams’ activities and responsibilities. They also learned how to use Action Plans to manage many more processes in BarnOwl. Please see the presentation here.

Spotlight Session Insight: Security and Permissions

January 18, 2018 1:10 pm

Thank you to those who joined us for the Spotlight on BarnOwl Security and Permissions. This session proved most valuable in resolving some of the challenges experienced in this area. This spotlight demonstrated the versatility and depth of the security options within BarnOwl to facilitate the provision of information to those who need to have the required data and to safeguard data from those that should not have access. Please click here to view the presentation. Click here for more information.

Spotlight Session Insight: BarnOwl Dashboard Reports – Discover the Versatility of BarnOwl Dashboard Reports

August 17, 2017 5:55 am

On the 17th August we directed our Spotlight on the Risk Management Dashboard Reports. BarnOwl offers the opportunity for the user to configure reports with the information that is relevant to them and helps one make more meaningful business decisions. The Dashboard information is available on this link:  Working with Dashboard Reports Introduction to the Dashboard Reports Setting up the Dashboard Report Selecting Items to Include in the Dashboard Report Saving and Sharing a Report Layout Specifying Filter and Sort Options Generating a Dashboard Report

Spotlight Session Insight: BarnOwl Custom Fields

May 4, 2017 5:57 am

The May Spotlight focused on BarnOwl Custom Fields.  We demonstrated the versatility of the custom fields which gives the customer the power to record their unique information in BarnOwl and extract the information into a meaningful report. To view the Spotlight on the BarnOwl Knowledge Base please click on Spotlight on Custom Fields

Spotlight Session Insight: BarnOwl Workshops – Unleashing the power of BarnOwl Workshops by using voting devices

March 23, 2017 6:04 am

BarnOwl’s first Spotlight for 2017 focused on the use of the BarnOwl Workshop functionality and demonstrated the seamless integration of the Turning Point voting devices.     The power of the technology was demonstrated with easy-to-use procedures to create your workshop, capture your results, update your Risk Registers with the results and report on your risks. The help on this topic can be found here.

Spotlight Session Insight: BarnOwl Libraries – Organising your BarnOwl data

November 30, 2016 6:05 am

BarnOwl presented their Last session for the year on 30 November 2016.  The topic under discussion was BarnOwl Libraries: Organising your data. Information set up within the libraries can be linked and applied in different areas without having to perform the same set-up repeatedly.  To view the details on the session please click here. Thank you to Ali for presenting this session and thank you to our customers for continuing to make use of these sessions to update your BarnOwl knowledge.  As always, we appreciate your feedback which will be used to continually enhance BarnOwl.

Spotlight Session Insight: Self-help – Helping you to help yourself

July 19, 2016 6:05 am

BarnOwl presented their July Spotlight session on Tuesday 19 July.  The topic discussed was “Helping you to Help Yourself”.                                                       Three primary means of support were discussed:  The Knowledge Base on the BarnOwl Website, the BarnOwl Support Portal and the Embedded Help. Of most importance is the 1st line of support – your BarnOwl Champion.  If our customers do not have access to the support portal they should direct their request to support@barnowl.co.za. To view the... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Compliance

May 17, 2016 6:07 am

BarnOwl proudly presented a “Spotlight” session on 17th May 2016 covering the topic of Compliance.                                         BarnOwl’s Compliance functionality enables you to maintain, view, monitor and report on your regulatory universe across your organisation. This session also introduced attendees to third party content in the form of Compliance Risk Management Plans (CRMP) and how this can easily be imported into BarnOwl.                                          ... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Incident Management

March 15, 2016 6:10 am

BarnOwl proudly presented a “Spotlight” session on 15th March 2016 covering the topic of Incident Management. BarnOwl’s Incident Management functionality allows for loss events or incidents to be captured including the tracking of actual and near miss incidents thus providing insight into possible control breakdowns and enabling pro-active remedial action.                   This session also highlighted the value of using BarnOwl’s custom fields to create specific Incident registers, the power of conditional fields and the always important reporting.                   Thank you to Dionne for delivering such an informative and... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: KRIs and KPIs in BarnOwl

January 27, 2016 6:11 am

BarnOwl proudly presented a “Spotlight” session on 27th January 2016 covering the topic of KRIs and KPIs. BarnOwl’s Key indicator functionality covers Risk indicators (KRIs), Control indicators (KCIs) and Objective indicators (KPIs). We highlighted features such as the ability to capture Key indicators in the Process or Template trees, building a library of re-usable standard data for applying to relevant business units and reporting.                                      Many questions were asked ensuring this session was very interactive. Thank you to Ulrigh Nel for explaining the KRI... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Reporting

November 17, 2015 6:13 am

BarnOwl proudly presented a “Spotlight” session on 17th November 2015 on the topic of Reporting. In this session customers experienced an in-depth look at BarnOwl’s extensive reporting capabilities plus the latest reporting functionality was highlighted.                                        We had the best Spotlight attendance so far and received many useful questions from our customers. Thank you to Ali Ditta for explaining the reporting functionality in such detail. We also thank all the customers who made the time to attend and really welcome the feedback received.... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Voting and Surveys

August 11, 2015 6:14 am

BarnOwl proudly presented a “Spotlight” session on 11th August 2015 on the topic of Voting, Surveys and Questionnaires. In this session customers experienced an in-depth look of BarnOwl’s voting and survey functionality plus the latest functionality was highlighted.                                                         This was an interactive session with may useful questions from our customers and some possible ideas for future versions of BarnOwl. Thank you to Madeleine Black for explaining the voting and survey functionality in such detail.... Read more

Spotlight Session Insight: Audit Objectives

July 22, 2015 6:15 am

BarnOwl was proud to present their first “Spotlight” session on 22nd July 2015 with the maiden topic being Audit objectives. The focus of this session was to show the latest functionality and added value of using Audit objectives in BarnOwl.                                                                   Spotlight sessions will he held on a monthly basis with various topics. The topics have been chosen based on the latest release functionality, customer feedback and requests received by... Read more