The Right Connections for Success

During our “Welcome to Onspring” call, I tell our new clients, “My job is to make sure you are getting the absolute best from Onspring. One of the ways we do that is connecting you with other members of the Onspring community.”
It’s methodology that not only works, but is a key ingredient in our overall success as a company. We take great pride in it.

Traditional Project Management in an Agile World

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.

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.

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

One of the things that makes Onspring stand out to me is how we emphasize “straight shooting” in every interaction. The goal from pre-sales, to onboarding, to support, to ongoing client success is to continue to build and bolster relationships. I have always had the huge benefit of believing what I say to others, whether it be comments on the capabilities of the system, the straightforward business practices of each team member or the support of clients throughout their history.

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.

The Buzz of Big Data

Big data is a phrase that represents an extremely large information set that can be utilized, processed, and computationally analyzed in order to find patterns and material about a gathered set of data as a whole. At a simpler level, it is data that can provide answers to questions.

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.

Online Product Reviews

So how do you filter out the noise of bad reviews? By going back to basics: If you know someone who is using or has used a product you’re looking at acquiring, ask them how they like it. Here at Onspring, we’re always happy to refer potential customers to existing ones, even if what is shared between them isn’t 100% sunshine and puppy dogs when it comes to our product.

Administrator’s Toolkit Part 2

The Onspring Admin Audit History report—this report logs every configuration change made in the system. When finishing a project or you need to count up the hours spent administering a site, pull up this report, set the filters based on the user account and date range (if any). Once the filters are set, you can export the data to Excel.

When the Subject Matters

Throughout the course of my career, I’ve collaborated with many, many SMEs. Sometimes I didn’t know I was with a SME, other times I knew exactly who and what they were. The best ones always had the same traits, the stuff that makes their expertise jump off the page, or at the very least, flow in a coherent manner through distinguishable disguise, ultimately ending up as valuable scribbles in my notebook.

GRC Platform Bogging You Down? Maybe It’s Time to Take a Leap

Wherever you are in the platform evaluation process, narrowing your choices down and selecting a new solution is never easy. This guide helps balance out the pros and cons of what your needs really are as you evaluate your current system and prepare to make a final leap to a new GRC platform.

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.