The Tools of Productivity

It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure this out, but I think I’m finally getting there. When I buy a cheap tool, I’m happy to not have spent much money, but the happiness ends there. I end up with an ill-performing tool that doesn’t meet my expectations and it takes me longer to produce poor results, and inevitably, a terrible case of buyer’s remorse envelopes me.

Weighing Your Options

I recently had lunch with an audit executive who told me her team needed a new audit software solution. However, she kept putting it off because she felt overwhelmed by the myriad of options and the process of finding one. Wading through solution websites, stretching out mentally to determine which functionalities are marketing fodder and which are real, knowing she’d have to sit through numerous demos; she said she felt exhausted before she’d even begun!

Meeting the Instant Challenge

How did I find myself at the Kansas City Convention Center for 2019 Destination Imagination Global Finals, surrounded by a sea of kids? DI is a volunteer-run organization. They look to individuals and companies to support their mission and to provide creative sessions, equitable judging, and adult oversight at this event.

Transparency? Yes please!

Having up-to-date, accurate information in a shared environment creates accountability and makes for a more engaged employee. And that, in turn, helps create a successful company. An open form of governance and compliance helps ensure participation and trust. It’s a good operational principle.

Administrator’s Toolkit Part 3: Sharing is Caring

As a relational database, Onspring lets you connect any of your data sets and records in logical relationships, from parent/child to sibling connections. Joining records provides very flexible reporting options, workflow automation and easily maintained access control.

The Triple A Mantra

It’s more than mantra and if I was going to go full-on philosophy guy, I would write about how it can apply to all aspects of your life and be a great marker for moving forward: be it with co-workers, bosses, children, significant others, friends, enemies—anything and everything can be plopped under its large umbrella.

Take a deep breath and say the words slowly: Adjust, adapt, achieve.

Innovations in Audit and Operations

At Onspring Connect 2018, client presenters from 16 companies shared their creative uses of the Onspring platform to solve business challenges in internal audit, vendor management, risk assessment, internal controls and business operations. But only one of these organizations would go home with the coveted Innovation Award…or so we thought.

Doing Your Best Work

You may not be sweating over a pile of wood shavings, but perhaps you’re struggling with piles of paperwork, dated systems, unruly spreadsheets and other challenges that hold you back from doing your best work. Onspring is here to help with the right tool for the job.

How to Manage Global Partnerships: A Case Study

We love it when clients use our platform in creative ways. Mark Barak, general counsel at Aronson Security Group (ASG), is a prime example. He started using Onspring in 2016 to manage legal matters, but when a need arose for greater efficiency and visibility in the company’s partner relationships, Mark put the platform to work in new ways.

How to Gain Control of Third-Party Risk: A Case Study

Identifying and managing risk within your own organization is challenging enough. When you add a diverse array of third-party relationships, the picture becomes exponentially more complex. Learn how one organization has taken control of vendor risk management with automation, structure and real-time reporting.

Giving Thanks for Great Connections

There’s power and value in community. Forming connections with other people may not give you an immediate, tangible benefit, but eventually, those relationships will pay off. Not financially, but in goodwill. When we reach out, share our knowledge and help other people become better/smarter/faster at what they do, that goodwill somehow comes back to us, often when we need it most.

Enterprise Risk Management: Building Awareness, Understanding and Action

How does a financial services company launch an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program with a department of just a few? The Onspring team had the opportunity to work with an organization to help build their ERM program from the ground up. Now, with multiple years of data to review, the company has discovered tangible benefits, wide sweeping perception improvements and actionable data to facilitate change in the right direction.