More Minds on Your Business

There are a lot of advantages to opening up your data—within reason. Team members who are both a key holder and a person trying to access sequestered data can find it to be a tricky proposition as to when to be an open model and when to remain closed.

A Little Plan Goes a Long Way

Poor work results can almost always be avoided. If you’ve fallen into this trap before, not to worry. There is a way around the stressful feeling of not knowing what you’re doing, and a way to conquer poor time management, a bad habit that can take us down in a hurry.

Onspring Mixtape: Greatest Hits of 2018

The “Onspring DJs” have done it again. Like your favorite 80s radio host, we’ve put together a mixtape of our favorite blogs from 2018. If you’ve read them before, you’ll want to read them again. Enjoy!

Challenge What You Know

Before we had Netflix, we went to the movies with friends. Before we had smartphones, we talked on landlines, sent letters and had regular, in-person interaction (gasp!). Those were (and are) good things. In our pursuit of innovation, let’s not forget the value of our past modes and methods.

Don’t Look Now…Change Is Coming

We’ve all endured crazy weather and awful films, but riding out the stormy times of workplace problems can be just as terrible with over-played dramatics and make-believe villains. Before the raging winds of the aforementioned problems get any closer, leave your theater seat and get moving—change is calling. First thing, fight off the knee-jerk urge to ignore the call and embrace it. Unlike the characters in the bad movie, you have the power to control your own destiny.

Preventing a Software Frankenstein with Design & Care

Have you created a software Frankenstein? Though the intent of your creation may have been something beautiful, the positive aspects of the design are quickly overshadowed by glaring design issues. This ultimately results in an army of villagers (your customers) chasing you down with fire and pitchforks. Chad Kreimendahl explains how to get yourself out of this monstrous dilemma.

Spreadsheet Pros and Cons

Spreadsheets are valuable tools, and we often work with teams that are transitioning from Excel or providing legacy data in spreadsheets. They are important and have their place in your organization. But are they meeting all your needs?

The Process Ownership Conundrum

When our customers are establishing ERM and Policy Management programs within Onspring, the question of “who owns these risks/policies/controls?” comes up time and time again. Unfortunately, finding the right people to own process-level or content-level items can be quite challenging.

What’s Your Time Worth?

Just because something involves less monetary expense does not mean it’s higher in value. Yet this is a common stumbling block for business teams that are moving to an automated tool from a manual process or outdated software. Excel is low-cost, that is true, but how long does it take to maintain your spreadsheets?

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.

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!

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.