Reference Linking Provides Risk Reduction and Fiscal Benefits

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Reference linking between procedures and standards improves standards compliance. IHS white paper discusses the IT and content management requirements to execute this type of project.

Engineers and manufacturers managing company procedures and outside standards spend time and money every year to assure standards compliance. IHS offers businesses a tool that enables linking between company procedures and referenced standards. An IHS white paper describes the information management options that can deliver extensive fiscal and compliance risk management benefits.

With corporate overhead budgets shrinking and fiscal risks associated with quality and compliance issues increasing, companies are assessing the value of standards purchases and looking for ways to assure the standards are used on projects and during operations. IHS subject matter experts responded to concerns from customers regarding the value of standards purchases by developing a reference linking tool. By making standards easier to access, the use of standards increases and companies maximize the benefit received from their standards purchases.

The IHS white paper discusses the benefits to the engineering and manufacturing industry of integrating company procedures with referenced and linked standards from outside organizations. While companies may attempt to implement a similar activity using in-house resources, the advantages of using a trusted supplier like IHS to provide the linking service include ease of use, copyright compliance, and avoiding costs associated with developing an integrated content management process.

An in-house solution needs extensive internal IT resources committed to the project to develop and implement a reference linking strategy. In addition to content management issues, the company also needs to purchase and manage the required standards. These tasks are not trivial especially for companies with offices in multiple locations and when working on projects with different and multiple standards requirements.

To make an informed decision regarding reference linking, businesses need to consider the entire process including IT infrastructure requirements. The reference linking white paper from IHS discusses the requirements for the process and provides an evaluation of the benefits associated with a third-party provider.

To download a free copy of the white paper covering reference linking, visit the IHS web site at

About IHS

IHS is a leading provider of critical technical information, decision-support tools and related services to customers around the world. Our data and services are used primarily by the energy, defense, aerospace, construction, electronics, and automotive industries. IHS translates the value of our global information, expertise and knowledge to enable customer success and create customer delight on a daily basis. Ranging from governments and large multinational corporations to smaller companies and technical professionals in more than 100 countries, customers rely on our offerings to facilitate decision making, support key processes and improve productivity. IHS has been in business for nearly 50 years and employs more than 2,500 people around the world.

IHS is an ISO 9001 registered company.


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