Amidst the alphabet soup of technical acronyms, API has been standing out recently. It has almost reached buzzword status. I think a lot of people have a vague idea that an API can be used to integrate data between applications, but what exactly is an API, and how are they used?
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?
This same type of transformation is happening in the world of business applications. Custom-coded point solutions are giving way to a new generation of no-code platforms that allow business users to configure and manage their own applications. As TechRepublic explains, “No-code platforms are helping businesses more quickly create custom solutions for day-to-day problems and diversify who is able to build apps.”
In this age of facial recognition, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, who knew that it was still possible to geek out over a Word document? Turns out, when you combine powerful automation and rich data with good ol’ Microsoft Word, very good things can happen.
There is little to be gained by playing this guessing game, outside of additional stress and scrutiny which are already plentiful enough in our lives. But there is good news. Sometimes the byproduct of pain and inefficiency and drudgery is the realization that there must be a better way to do this. And the good news is that there is most certainly a better way. Advancement and improvement, whether monumental or incremental, is always within our reach. As long as we are willing to accept that something is broken, it becomes infinitely easier to fix.
As it turns out, doing things properly is almost always a good choice. Though reading instructions or planning ahead may slow you down in the beginning, you’re more likely to end up with a quality outcome. This is true when assembling furniture and when implementing new software—particularly if that software offers a great deal of flexibility. Taking a few days to plan your approach (rather than diving right in) can dramatically improve your chances of success.
With each release, I make time to analyze the key features and perform updates across our full suite of Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance solutions. As I do this, I’ll be sharing my thoughts, ideas and insights here on the blog, if only to help spark ideas for our clients on how they, too, can use Onspring to the fullest.
I recently had the pleasure of co-authoring an E-Book with GRC consultant and “process whisperer” Dan Plato. Dan was one of our most dynamic speakers at Onspring Connect 2017 with his presentation on solution design best practices. We’ve packaged up those best practices, along with a set of templates and samples, into a guide that’s available free on our website.
When it comes to regulations, industry standards and supporting controls, the only constant is change. Most organization have smart people and defined processes for managing change, but tracking the changes themselves—knowing what they are and how they impact the business—can be a massive headache.
I’ve been asked, on many occasions, how Onspring goes about being so insanely fast and responsive as a product. The most recent encounter related to a customer who has users spread all throughout the world. Their specific query was how their users in Asia were seeing absolutely no performance impact in the way one would expect when hitting our data center in the heart of the United States. Their average response time when making requests from their Asian offices to Onspring was less than 1/3rd of a second. That’s below 0.3 seconds per request. How is that possible?
At Onspring, we deliver major releases of our platform 3–4 times a year, based almost entirely on client requests. Nothing makes us happier than hearing your ideas and meeting your needs in a matter of weeks, not months or years. Our latest release, Onspring 11.0, went live this weekend, and it’s packed with features that save you time, effort and brain power.
During the first two weeks of March, I was fortunate enough to represent Onspring as an exhibitor at two excellent industry conferences: RSA Conference in San Francisco and the Institute of Internal Auditors General Audit Management Conference in Dallas. Both conferences afforded us a great opportunity to raise awareness about the Onspring platform and solutions, as well as our company’s philosophy of solving problems by providing high quality solutions and services.