“And what do you do?” It’s the question most often asked by new acquaintances. This question is relatively safe and easy to answer when getting to know a new person. “I’m an accountant.” “I’m a paralegal.” These are nice, neat answers at which your acquaintance will nod, smile and make a comment summarizing what they know about the profession. “I hear that’s a real numbers game—haha!” “So you do a lot of paperwork!” and the like.
One of the biggest obstacles startups face is keeping their team in sync as the business grows. In the early days, it’s easy to converse across the room and work collaboratively around the card table. But as the employee count balloons, people spend more time out of the office with clients and teams become more distributed, holding the business together becomes insanely difficult.
The reason I enjoy internal audit and stay involved in the profession is because it provides a tremendous opportunity to effect change, evolve, learn and grow. But in order to promote meaningful improvement in the organizations it serves, internal audit must be open to self-evaluation, process refinement, better technology and greater coordination with other business functions. That’s how the profession remains efficient, relevant and influential. That’s the way to attract and retain top talent.
For the most part, technology has changed our lives for the better. Technology in business definitely makes our jobs easier, reduces costs and allows many of us to provide products and services we never thought possible. All that being said, it’s still fun to think about the past and reminisce about the “old days” in life and business. The way things have changed can almost always be traced back to some type of technology. I’m not talking about dinosaur days or the old west, but how quickly things have changed over the last 25 years or so.
Dashboards are the front door to your solution. They are your greeter, your concierge and your window dressing. Practically speaking, dashboards contain information that users need to complete their work as quickly and painlessly as possible. After all, no one wants to dig for data. No one enjoys thrashing around, trying to figure out what needs their attention. They want consolidated information at their fingertips, and your dashboards can deliver.
It became apparent that the end-to-end process could be improved by integrating email communication directly into Onspring. This would enable the client to more closely monitor customer relationships and ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. Our team quickly went to work to design an intuitive connector that captures email and relates it to contact data already stored in the system.
Onspring was already working with this client to solve challenges in other areas, so it was an easy transition to meet with Marketing leadership to start this new project. No new users or licensing changes were required since they already use Onspring enterprise-wide for other processes.
We’re excited to announce that Onspring version 5.0 was released this week, and many of our clients took advantage of the new features on the first day they were available. The Onspring Process Automation Platform allows you to create elegant business apps, surveys, reports and dashboards with just a few clicks. The days of lengthy development, test and deploy cycles are over. Check out a few of the new features in v5.0, and learn why we added them for our clients.
When we founded Onspring back in 2010, we needed a great set of tools—including high-performance, easy-to-use databases and excellent development frameworks. In those days, some of the tools we needed didn’t exist or weren’t mature enough to be of any real value. We made do with what we could find at the time, always with an eye toward the future.