One of the best moments of 2019 was Onspring being named a Gold Medalist by SoftwareReviews, who recognizes outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace as evaluated by their users. And that’s the key—our users were responsible for us winning this award.
When it comes to putting together a GRC platform—or using any of Onspring’s other solutions—It doesn’t matter what kind of cooking personality you have. If you use our professional services team to lean on or you do it yourself, the results will be good. Anyone can do it—it’s just like when you’re cooking; you need the confidence to go into your kitchen and say, “I might burn this cake or destroy this pie, but I also might make something really good. If I fail, it won’t be for long.”
Being a part of a growing family like Onspring is rewarding because I am getting to be apart of a tradition not only with my life, but the lives of the clients we serve. Due to the spirit of our company and the heart of our work culture, we live a lifestyle of thankfulness that isn’t just one day a year. In 2019 alone, with the help of our clients who have been with us from the start to the clients that came on last week, Onspring has 37% more employees than it did last year.
As someone who has worked with auditors for over a decade implementing software to help streamline their audits, I can undoubtedly say that the auditor stereotypes are mostly untrue. First off, I’ve met several auditors that I would consider “glass half-full” people; the kind that would be more likely to say, “What would we do if Karen won the lottery and quit?!” rather than “What would we do if Karen got hit by a bus?!”
To some, the constant barrage of “why” questions from their kids is irritating, but to me it was my very favorite thing about having those youngsters in my house. The concept of “why” is rooted in learning. When you ask this question, you are seeking to gain knowledge, perspective, understanding—you simply want to figure it out.
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.
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.
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.
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.