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.
I recently had lunch with an audit executive who told me her team needed a new audit software solution. However, she kept putting it off because she felt overwhelmed by the myriad of options and the process of finding one. Wading through solution websites, stretching out mentally to determine which functionalities are marketing fodder and which are real, knowing she’d have to sit through numerous demos; she said she felt exhausted before she’d even begun!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
An application built into a GRC platform to facilitate a business process will never truly be “finished.” When you first implement a business process, think of it like you would a software product. What you just implemented is essentially “version 1.0.” Over time and through repeated end-user exposure, users will request updates. Some of those updates will be minor, like adding a value to a dropdown list, and some will be major, like completely overhauling users’ access.
Because I do believe there is wisdom within our traditional proverbs, I’ll take this opportunity to invoke some of my favorites and put them into terms that might prove useful when applied to challenges in the realm of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC).