Our Favorite Articles of 2012


As the curtain closes on 2012, what GRC articles stood out over the past year?

Warm holiday greetings from the OrangePoint blog team! Like many people this time of year, we can’t help but look back at 2012 with our 20/20 hindsight and try to make sense of the year that has passed us by. We also have noticed that many of the reflections on the the past year are presented as a list (for example, the best of our hometown of Kansas City). This makes sense to us given that these lists present information a clear, easily consumable set of facts, figures and tidbits, increasing the “stickiness” factor of the information presented. On that note, we at OrangePoint have compiled our favorite articles from 2012 – some GRC related, some extending beyond those boundaries. All are worth a quick read in our humble opinion. Enjoy!

Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Auditor Should Make
by Richard Chambers, January 6, 2012
The Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) chairman, Richard Chambers, opened 2012 with this simple, concise article on planning for success in the upcoming year. The article’s concepts ring true in 2013 as well. As you set your goals for the upcoming year, take a moment to review Mr. Chamber’s advice. It applies to all professionals, not just auditors.

A Better Project Model than the “Waterfall”
by Jeff Gothelf, July 6, 2012
So many IT projects – including the GRC space – begin by sifting through a punch list of features. If we’re not careful, delivering these features becomes the ultimate end goal, displacing the more valid goal of solving the stated problems of the business in a measurable way.  While this article does not promise to cure the ills of your current project or guarantee a formula for fool-proof success, it does frame a classic IT implementation challenge in a fresh way.  If you are responsible for managing a GRC project – specifically one involving a GRC platform implementation – article is worth the few minutes it takes to read it.

Real Innovation versus Continuous Improvement
by Stephen F. DeAngelis, Principal Author; Bradd C. Hayes, Editor. September 21, 2012
In the quest to reduce errors prevent failures, the pendulum in many organizations has swung so far that real inspiration may be stifled. This article is actually a commentary on another article (It’s Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement, from the Harvard Business Review), but this version weaves in the best of the original, along with some additional observations and insights. Besides the discussion around the core article, the authors also include links to other great articles on the subject. By pursuing these additional links, you’ll also have a chance to review methods for killing bad ideas and understanding how corporate culture is a primary influencer of innovation.

Five Things That Really Smart People Do
by Kevin Daum, November 14, 2012
Oftentimes the most direct and succinct articles can have the biggest impact on our lives. Mr. Daum’s potent and precise recommendations provide constructive advice for any professional. These are tips that are not just about being smart; they are recommendations that lead to wisdom.

The 2012 GRC Magic Quadrant Debate
by Michael Rasmussen and French Caldwell, October-November 2012
Within GRC, perhaps the liveliest conversation took place between two of the most recognized thought leaders in the space: Michael Rasmussen and French Caldwell. Following the release of the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for GRC, Mr. Rasmussen published an opinion titled, “Rethinking GRC: Analyst Rant, Gartner’s 2012 EGRC Magic Quadrant,” that questioned the approach Gartner took to arrive at its findings – supporting his viewpoint with the anecdotes and experiences he has gathered from his years consulting clients.

Not to be outdone, French Caldwell – a member of the Gartner team – quickly responds to the “rant” with an item-by-item rebuttle, titled, “Oh Michael – Your Rant. . .”. The discussion then concludes with the article “Concluding the GRC Analyst Rant” by Rasmussen where the issue is left to be one where the parties agree to disagree. We’ll let you enjoy these two colleagues passionately discussing how GRC technologies should best be rated and evaluated.

Reputational Risk Resolution for 2013
By IBM, November 2012
Infographics have quickly become one of the most powerful tools on the web. Using clear images and targeted text, these images successfully convey complex thoughts in a user-friendly design. One of our favorite 2012 infographics in the GRC space was the recent IBM publication on resolving to improve your reputation risk in 2013. The graphic boldly presents key statistics about reputational risk, and then links readers to a presentation that does an excellent job framing the issue and making the case for a greater focus on how IT can affect your reputation – for good and for bad.

These are just a sampling of articles that we enjoyed over the past year. Which articles inspired you or caused you to pause and reflect?

We here at OrangePoint wish you and your families a very warm and happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

–The OrangePoint Team

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