BarnOwl is a fully integrated governance, enterprise risk management, compliance and audit software solution used by over 200 organisations in Africa, Europe and the UK. BarnOwl supports best practice risk management, compliance and audit frameworks (e.g. COSO, ISO31000, Compliance Institute’s handbook, International Professional Practice Framework), whilst offering a highly flexible and configurable parameter-driven system allowing you to configure BarnOwl to meet your specific requirements. 

BarnOwl is the preferred enterprise risk management (ERM) software solution in the South African public sector, endorsed by the Office of the Accounting General (OAG).

BarnOwl is developed, implemented and supported by IDI Technology Solutions (Pty) Limited (IDI). IDI is a well-established software development company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information about IDI please visit

Development of the BarnOwl GRC Solution

Development of BarnOwl started in 2001 as a joint venture between Deloitte South Africa, Nedbank and IDI, making BarnOwl one of the earliest software solutions on the market to take advantage of the emerging trend of risk and control based auditing.

BarnOwl was designed from inception to incorporate leading enterprise risk management, compliance and audit thinking whilst retaining sufficient flexibility to allow organisations to adopt their own methodologies.

In 2005 IDI acquired 100% of the rights to BarnOwl from Deloitte South Africa.

COSO, ISO 31000 and King III and best practice alignment

BarnOwl supports and embeds best practice and industry standard frameworks such as:-

Continual Development

The highly experienced BarnOwl team continue to be thought leaders in governance, enterprise risk management, compliance (GRC) and audit software and maintain a close relationship with clients, professional bodies, risk advisory and audit practices to ensure that the BarnOwl software is enhanced to support current best practice and remains aligned to the latest industry standards.


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