Simplified Data Import & Export

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Prior to moving to MetricStream to manage their GRC content, our customers would have been either leveraging competitor applications or managing all their data manually via spreadsheets. This huge volume of data would be in different forms and shapes which now needs to flow into our MetricStream system. So, it becomes important for our customers to have a smooth transition from their legacy applications to the MetricStream solution.

MetricStream’s Answer: Data Import & Export

MetricStream provided the “Data Import & Export” spreadsheet-based import framework to push data to our systems seamlessly. This framework allowed:

  • Migration of data from legacy systems into the MetricStream system
  • Bulk creation and updating of data into records, bulk creation of library objects like Risks, Controls, Processes, Auditable Entities, etc. and import system entities like Users, Organizations, etc.

Data import

However, although the existing framework enabled extensive usage, it still presented a few challenges. Our customers were operating with certain limitations around configurability and upgrade safety. And especially while importing high volumes of data, import wait time was high. Hence, rather than adding new features to the existing framework and tuning it, it was identified that developing a brand-new framework from scratch would reap more benefits strategically in the long run, which led to the birth of the “Simplified Data Import & Export” framework.



How Will the “Simplified Data Import & Export” Framework Help?

The new simplified data import & export framework is an effort to overcome the challenges which were faced in the existing framework.

Note: Adoption of Business Rules & Business APIs is a pre-requisite to enable Forms with the new framework.

Developer Community

  • A developer tool that will allow to easily configure and upgrade Safe Data Import & Export templates with minimal development effort
  • No additional development effort to have the Data Import & Export validations written separately, since the framework now relies on Business Rules, which will act as a common validation layer across Forms and Data Import
  • Relying on the BAPI underneath, will make the framework more performant
  • Upgrade safe, thereby reducing the time taken to upgrade to future releases or patches

Users of MetricStream

The new framework will co-exist with the existing data import & export framework, i.e., specific Forms can adopt the new framework. Users intending to move to the new framework for a specific Form will require the adoption of Business Rules and Business API’s for that corresponding Form.

The new framework enables:

  • Dynamic generation and leveraging of user-friendly templates
  • Import of attachments & ability to retain rich text format during import
  • Importing data at different workflow stages
  • Improved import & export status reports

The early adopters of the brand-new framework from Products include select Forms from GRCF, CMP and LSM.

In short, if your Forms are ready with the adoption of Business Rules and Business APIs, and you plan to leverage the Data Import & Export capability in your application, then, the Simplified Data Import & Export framework should be your choice.

Stay tuned for more information on our product enhancements coming soon.

Request a demo to learn more about how MetricStream can help your organization enable risk-informed decisions that accelerate business performance.

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Veeraj Tallur Product Manager - Platform Team at MetricStream

Veeraj Tallur, Product Manager -Platform Team at MetricStream, has over 10+ years of experience in Product Management with an additional interest to write blogs and create marketing content. Prior to joining MetricStream, he has experience of working in the news and media industry such as Thomson Reuters, responsible for creating external facing financial market related content. Academically, he has an engineering degree in Electronics and Communication. In his free time, he loves to read blogs and go for long drives with his family.


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