GRC - Governance, Risk & Compliance at a glance

Everything you need to know

What Is Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC)?

For anyone dealing intensively with Business Process Management (BPM)

there is no getting around: Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). As one of the most important disciplines in the management of your company, BPM must comply with several specifications. But what exactly are these specifications, and what does GRC mean in concrete terms? - We provide answers to your questions and show you everything you need to know about GRC!

A GRC-solution can be understood as a company-wide concept for successful corporate governance. This concept ensures that a company increases its effectiveness and at the same time acts in a holistically ethical and legally correct manner. GRC stands for 3 action disciplines, which are indispensable in this context:

  • Governance,
  • Risk and
  • Compliance

Governance refers to the entire set of internal regulations according to which a company should be managed. For its implementation, both - the corporate goals and the framework conditions - must be clearly defined. The management of a company is responsible for ensuring and monitoring its global governance. Important decisions taken within this framework may, for example, relate to an important sustainability concept.

In the GRC context, risk stands for appropriate risk management. Here it is important to identify and analyze risk or risks. A successful risk management system also includes the handling of risks through suitable strategies for risk minimization and a disaster recovery strategy implemented in the event of an emergency. This is usually performed by a role, i.e., the risk manager, in an organizational unit in the company. These include environmental and technical risks.

Compliance concerns the observance of legal and statutory requirements by a company. Appropriate compliance management ensures that all company employees adhere to internal and external guidelines and laws to avoid penalties. Management compliance includes, among other things, adherence to the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO respectively GDPR).

What Does a GRC System Look Like and What Are the Requirements?

Governance, Risk, and Compliance must be firmly anchored in both business processes and management. Regardless of how business process management is applied in a company, it is always about continuous improvement - often taking place within the framework of cycles, e.g., PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) or DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analysis-Improve-Control).

To get a picture of the company processes, structuring and documenting those is recommendable. For this purpose, different levels of detail or even a document management system may be applied. However, the aim remains to create a basis for analysis and improvement. At this point, it already makes sense to digitize processes. However, it is important to model processes IT-supported, e.g., to enable simulations, but rather to steer them already workflow-supported.

The processes thus provide means documentation of global governance and the source of any risks that may arise.

The deployment of risk management

Managing risk is a regulatory process and rich in communications that can benefit from automation in particular. Workflow-supported automation enables company-specific approvals to be stored and ensures that the entire risk assessment is kept up-to-date through regular and recurring checks. For the user, this entails easy handling, and for the risk manager, it means that processes are secured in line with company requirements. Therefore, risk management automation saves process costs and achieves effective compliance management through automatic resubmissions, measurements, monitoring, and reporting.

Arvato Systems – Your Missing Piece of the Puzzle for Successful GRC Management


The implementation of GRC systems often leads to problems. This is where we come in: Arvato Systems supports you with a wealth of expert know-how and suitable tools for implementing and managing a professional GRC system. The spectrum of our services ranges from process consulting to the implementation of workflow-supported processes. We rely on proven products of the Digital Transformation Suite BIC Platform or develop individual solutions according to customer requirements. Operation can take place in the public cloud, in the private cloud in the SaaS model, or classically in your data center - including application support if required. With our comprehensive services in process digitalization, we help you to holistic management of your governance, risk, and compliance!

Our Services - Your Road to a Holistic GRC Management

Software product (Licenses, SaaS, PaaS)
Project management & consulting
Support during system implementation (standard procedure models)
Complete implementation: Plan-Build-Run
Software enhancement to the desired business case
Professional QA / Testing
Operating the system

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Your Contacts for Governance, Risk & Compliance

Witali Glazyrin
Presales and Partner Management
Dr. André Lougear
Expert for Business Process Management