From a work perspective, I am just as excited at the prospects of getting back in touch with people and things that matter. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been focusing on the following things that I think will help me get back in touch with why I love working at Onspring.
One of the prerequisites to acquiring a GRC platform should be like a lot of other major items that are bought; when you are looking to make a major purchase or acquisition, consult many people in a lot of different areas. Ask your friends or colleagues, read reviews, do extra research, and as strange as this seems, even see what the trolls of the internet have to offer.
Onspring’s leadership, product, solution engineering, professional services and sales teams have hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of years of combined experience in business process automation with a focus on GRC. Nearly all of us here have had experience working for other GRC software providers or have helped to deliver consulting and implementation services across nearly every GRC product listed in a review, quadrant, report or software list.
When GRC platforms started becoming a “thing” in the mid-2000s, there were only a few major players in the market. They focused primarily on IT: whether it be controls, policies or risk management. Additionally, with the Enron and Worldcom scandals, SOX and its myriad of financial reporting controls quickly became platform offerings as well. As the market started expanding quickly at the turn of the decade, the concept of “eGRC”, with the “e” standing for enterprise, swept the landscape. Why settle for managing IT processes when many of the tools were capable of managing an entire organizations’ Governance, Risk and Compliance frameworks? The natural progression had begun.
If in your current state, your audit team has to spend time creating work papers manually and then saving them and going back and looking at them, that’s a manual step that is something that could be easily repeated in Onspring that ends up saving a lot of time. Looking at how much time were we spending on admin work in the past and now how much time are we pivoting that toward audit work—time, saving time is a big ROI with Onspring.
For all that you do and are trying to accomplish with the use of your platform, there has to be some form of accountability within the confines of using it within your company. That means validating the controls, testing procedures and risks, etc. Without accountability, without the audit element of someone coming in and saying, “Here is what is supposed to be done,” you will find yourself missing a key letter in GRC.
To help set up a strong, foundational platform that will produce desired results, A Roadmap to Control examines the different pieces of control that are necessary when mapping out a program and will help you set a course to a comprehensive compliance program to move from an overarching concept to a manageable system of controls.
The purpose of Connect is to give the Onspring community—my colleagues, our clients and hopeful prospects—a place to meet, talk and learn about the new functionalities that Onspring has as well as the enhancements we’re planning. When we first conceived the conference, we wanted Connect to be a free-thinking gathering that wouldn’t just enhance our clients’ experience, but also raise up our involvement and understanding with them.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the pleasure of travelling to various events, trade shows and user group conferences. The more I met and interacted with others, the more I observed that my clients—and prospective clients—are looking for the same connection with like-minded individuals who share the same passion and interests. It’s the same reason we’re often asked to provide references, and whether we know it or not, we’re thinking, “I’d like to speak with someone who is like me and is solving a similar challenge to the one I’m dealing with.”
You’re probably wondering, ‘How does this relate to a business process automation tool?’ It’s all about sharing excitement. Being part of the department that interacts with all Onspring clients, I want them to be as excited about sharing their success with our platform as I am about my painter.
Being a project manager (PM) can be a tough gig; when everything is going fine, you may, at times, be viewed with disdain: a mere “meeting scheduler” who collects status updates from the key stakeholders and SMEs, reporting them upwards. When everything isn’t going fine, they are in the cross-hairs of everyone: the key stakeholders, the SMEs and the higher-ups they report to.
There are a lot of places where you can find reviews of Onspring’s platform, but only a handful from the real, vetted voices of users. Gartner’s Peer Insights website showcases vendors and products with reviews from real customers. Onspring is honored that our customers expressed their views of our solutions on this site and our overall rating on Peer Insights is five stars.