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5 Ways to Design Better Dashboards

We’ve probably all had similar experiences. We’ve gone off in search of information, only to be confronted with too much data in a difficult format, not personalized to our needs. But here’s the good news: dashboard technologies like Onspring are designed to solve this very problem. In a nutshell, dashboards help to make the complex understandable, the details digestible. But before we get carried away with dashboards, remember that they can seriously miss the mark if we don’t consider their purpose, audience and content.

Video: How Technology Impacts the Internal Auditor of Today

Turn the pages of any Internal Audit publication, and you’ll see a prevalent theme: the role of technology in the IA profession of the future. Auditors are handling more (and more complex) data than ever before, and technology plays a crucial role in transforming this data into actionable intelligence. Internal Audit Insights, a publication of the MIS Training Institute (MISTI) recently interviewed our own Jason Rohlf, VP of Solutions at Onspring, about the evolving role of technology in the Internal Audit profession.

How to Build Your Risk Register

One term you’ll hear while standing around the water cooler with a bunch of risk management professionals (don’t we all?) is risk register. The basic definition is simple: A repository of all risks that could impact a project, a legal entity or an entire enterprise. But when you get beyond the basic definition, you’ll find plenty of variation in the details. To gain a better understand of what a risk register is, why it exists and what information it should contain, I interviewed Evan Stos, a GRC consultant who has helped more than 60 Fortune 500 companies gain control of audit, risk, compliance and information security processes. Here are a few insights from our conversation.

Reading Roundup: Top Stories in Internal Audit

It’s time for your 15-minute fix of ideas and insights from the world of internal audit. Explore our curated selection of articles from the Institute of Internal Auditors and other trusted sources.

3 Considerations for Real-Time Reporting: A SOX Compliance Use Case

While the concept of reporting seems to be pretty straightforward, the term “report” can have a variety of meanings, so I’m always careful to validate my understanding so I don’t veer off in some unwanted direction. After all, reporting capabilities often represents the organization’s A-1 deal breaker requirement.

FAQs: GDPR and Onspring

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enacted on April 27, 2016, and goes into effect May 25, 2018. The GDPR impacts organizations that are based in the EU and control or process personal data for EU/EEA individuals (i.e., “data subjects”) OR are based outside the EU but control or process personal data for EU/EEA individuals. Onspring is based in the United States. However, our clients include organizations that are either based in the EU/EEA or have users who reside in the EU/EEA. For these organizations, we are providing these FAQs to help you better understand how the GDPR impacts Onspring and you.

How to Avoid Surprises in the Sales and Contracting Process

If you’re tired of working with vendors who insert “gotchas” in the sales and contracting process, you’re not alone. Onspring’s finance guru, Deena Stevens, shares strategies for avoiding such surprises.

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Reading Roundup: Fresh Ideas in Risk Management

If risk management is on your radar, take a look through the articles and insights below. They might just challenge your thinking…in a good way.

Kids Who Code (and Write and Build)

You think clients keep you on your toes? Try an office full of kids! It’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at Onspring, and we’ve been insanely busy keeping up with the bright and nimble minds of our young guests. We’ve given them a taste of life in a modern software company, from development and UX design to technical writing, accounting and professional services. They’ve dabbled in code, conducted interviews, designed their own process flows on the whiteboard, and even built a few apps in Onspring!

Transforming GRC (and Other Tales from the Trade Show Floor)

After a week at RSA Conference, talking with current and prospective clients and demoing our GRC solutions, I’m looking forward to a quiet day back at the office. But I also feel really good about what happened this week. We had many excellent conversations with people who are eager for next-generation technology and fresh ways to solve problems. I can’t tell you how many times we heard people say, “I’m looking for something new.”

Making the Leap to a New Platform

Clients often think that moving from one platform to another is “scarier” than moving from spreadsheets into a platform. But the reality is, the spreadsheet-to-platform conversion is usually more onerous! Evan Stos demystifies the platform-to-platform migration process in four simple steps.

Stocking the Shelves of Your Control Library

Organizations stand to benefit from building a standardized control library. Even the simplest data points you capture can become part of a very compelling story about how well (or poorly) your organization is meeting its objectives. And organizing this library in a systematic and structured way allows you to keep that critical knowledge at your fingertips and answer compelling questions at a moment’s notice.