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.

Make a Move with Your Risk Management

The concept of risk management—what it is and consists of—is something that is often misunderstood or misinterpreted. A big challenge many companies face is evolving the management of their risk and dealing with it properly as it changes. While risk itself is a recurring instance for most companies, the problem is not just dealing with different risks, but having a universal definition of what they are and also specifically having a risk identification plan.

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.

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.

I Don’t Want to Offend You, But…

Feedback comes from all directions, and it’s not always flattering. Though you can’t control the message (or the messenger), you can control how you respond and what you do with the information.

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.

Sports, Heartbreak & Platform Implementations

Sometimes a little pain still brings big gain. Be it football or GRC platforms, rough and bumpy opening scenarios don’t mean you won’t have future success.

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.

Workplace FOMO

A lot of fear comes from not being prepared, not having the correct support needed to fulfill and complete a job. The more it happens, the more FOMO creeps in and takes over, and that can become a truly destructive force in an office setting.

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.

Performance Matters

Software doesn’t have to be old to be a clunker. Even new products can slow you down if they’re not designed with performance and scalability in mind. If you are tired of entering data, then getting up to refill your coffee while you wait for the system to update, then it may be time to ditch your clunker for a better model.

Voir Dire: Speak the Truth

In jury selection, the prosecution and defense ask tough questions not because they want to embarrass people. They simply want to find 12 jurors best suited for the case. And so it goes in GRC consulting. We must ask difficult questions of our clients and ourselves. We must speak the truth in our answers. And we must be willing to accept the truth (even the hard truth) from our colleagues. That’s how we bring value to our engagements and continue to improve ourselves.