Monthly Archives: November 2012

Do a Thousand Words Make a Great Picture? Using Word Clouds to Analyze Text

Even if today’s headline is the first time you’ve heard the term “word cloud,” you’ve likely seen them floating around the web. Online tools create word clouds by taking text and converting the words into an image where a word’s size is based on a word’s repetition. Besides being eye candy, these images can offer professionals the ability to quickly analyze their content and identify areas of emphasis. Why does this matter and why should you care? Take a moment and read on to discover how you can improve your GRC writing by using a word cloud. Continue reading

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: OSHA Tips for a Better Black Friday

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This Friday begins the official countdown to our favorite winter holidays (unless you’re the DJ at my local radio station; he flipped to Christmas music the day after Halloween). Trees glow in dazzling colors. Holiday decorations fill the yards of our neighbors and parents around the world stress to find those must-have gifts for their families. While we’re barreling toward this exciting season, our colleagues in the retail sector are bracing for the impact of another “Black Friday.” Continue reading

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Decision 2012: GRC Design, Part 2

In my previous post, I described the need to understand the audiences using your GRC technology. While much attention gets focused on key management stakeholders, too often we forget to view our GRC systems from an end user’s perspective. A poorly automated process leads to a disenchanted end user and can potentially jeopardize the quality of your GRC metrics. This week I’m concluding my discussion, as promised, on GRC technology design by offering some specific design tips and approaches for the GRC professional. (Seeing that we’re just a week past election day I’m not about to break any campaign promises!) As you finish out your 2012 initiatives and scope your plans for the upcoming year, take a moment to review the following four tips. Continue reading

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Decision 2012: GRC Design, Part 1

We’ve reached the end (finally) of the US election season, and – speaking for the entire OrangePoint team – I hope all our American friends exercised their right to vote. After months of attack advertisements, stacks of campaign mail and door-to-door volunteers, I’m looking forward to things getting back to normal. Continue reading

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