In my previous post, I discussed the importance of Change Management relating to Automation, Control, Monitoring & Safety Systems Software within the Manufacturing, Process, Energy, Utilities and Transportation Industry as part of my 5 part Blog series.
Today, I will discuss the 4th part of my Blog Series: Hidden Software Assets: Compliance Management.
Regardless of Industry Sector, the Regulations, Standards, Guidelines and Best Practice that govern the process & manufacturing industry call for the effective management of Automation, Control, Monitoring and Safety System Software, Information Security and Document Management.
In order to achieve Compliance, a Company must provide evidence of a compliant Configuration Management System, secure backups of code and documents, effective change management (change control & fault logging), robust user password administration, documentation, procedures and resilient traceability.
Proven solutions such as AG Software can offer a watertight Audit Trail feature, with highly secure, encrypted password protection that employs electronic signatures and adheres to all requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for 21 CFR Part 11.
This highly sophisticated Audit Trail facility is searchable with 100% relational connections. Information can be traced against one or more Items including Documents, Software and Hardware, Assets, Individuals or Roles, Dates and Actions. The record of each and every modification and alteration is automatically generated, with no need for user input, complying with the stringent standards of 21 CFR 11.
In the next part of my ‘Hidden Software Assets’ Blog Series, I will be discussing Obsolescence Management. If you would like more information on Asset Guardian Software, please contact
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