EQMS: What Quality Execs Need to Know About Training Management

Posted by Rob Harrison on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

The impact of training management is often overlooked by executives, despite its grave importance and close connection to compliance, quality, health, safety, and a wide variety of other key areas related to business performance. Fortunately, automation, combined with other next-generation software capabilities has transformed training management into a tool that’s more useful than ever.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Quality Management

4 Things Quality Leaders Should Know About Document Management

Posted by Rob Harrison on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

Quality professionals recognize that conformance and harmonization of an enterprise Quality Management System (QMS) begins with a solid document management foundation. But the reality is, most organizations are drowning in documentation—which is why there’s no surprise that document management remains at the very top of quality management processes that have been automated by organizations.

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2015: Will It Be The Year of Risk for EQMS?

Posted by Rob Harrison on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 @ 09:14 AM

Many topics in 2014 have wrestled for the attention of quality management executives. These range from understanding and planning for the potential quality intelligence yield of smart connected products to the maturation of cloud-based enterprise quality management software (EQMS).

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Risk Management, Quality Management

8 Questions Answered from Last Week's Life Sciences Operational Webcast

Posted by Rob Harrison on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

On November 13, LNS Research and FDA News hosted a webcast entitled, "A Roadmap for Addressing Quality and Manufacturing Challenges in Life Sciences: Moving Beyond Regulatory Burdens to Enable New Collaborative Models for Growth." As usual, we received more questions during the course of the event than we had time to answer live. In this post, I'll answer some of the top questions that went unaddressed due to time constraints.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management Software, Manufacturing Operations Management, Manufacturing Software

Internet of Things: Why Quality Management Leaders Need a Strategy Now

Posted by Rob Harrison on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

In a previous article we discussed findings from a recent LNS survey and revealed that 43% of manufacturing professionals don’t understand the IoT. A concerning, but not surprising result. There’s something important lurking behind the fact that most have heard of the ubiquitous term–it is hard not to have. And yet minimal understanding by a significant number of quality executives persists and therefore there’s less active pursuit of the potential fruit it yields, other than by innovators, for now at least.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Quality Management, Internet of Things

New Data: Life Sciences Needs Tighter Quality-Manufacturing Integration

Posted by Mike Roberts on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 12:54 PM

Life Sciences is an industry driven by innovation and growth. What lies beneath those two drivers is a world of complexity across the drug or device lifecycle. It’s clear that those companies that can continuously and collaboratively ensure quality, meet regulatory compliance, and mitigate risks in each stage of the lifecycle have a competitive advantage, but what’s needed to do so?

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Manufacturing Operations Management, Quality Management, Manufacturing Operations Management Manufacturing

Maximizing Value Through Collaboration in Life Sciences [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

If you’re in the life sciences industry, there’s a good chance you're in a tight operational spot. In life sciences, there are some notable trends—some immediate, some distant and slow moving, but very real and inevitable—that are coming together to place new and unheard-of strains on both quality and manufacturing operations.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Manufacturing Operations Management, Quality Management, Manufacturing Operations Management Manufacturing

How Do You Compare in Your Quality Management Maturity? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Mike Roberts on Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

Quality management maturity is, no doubt, a journey. If you speak with executives from some of today’s most successful companies, you’ll hear a number of similarities about this topic. Whether in regard to skill development, business processes, technology, performance management, or something entirely different, early on, decisions tend to be made reactively, almost always to fix a problem. But as maturity progresses, decisions gradually start being made with proactivity and, ultimately, predictability in mind.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management Software, Quality Management

Why Your Organization Should Underpin CAPA with Risk Assessment

Posted by Rob Harrison on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Managing risk in a quality management system (QMS) is considered a clear maturity indicator and a way to determine that an organization is evolving or has evolved from a reactive and less controlled state towards an agile, market-leading proactive and anticipatory approach to quality management.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Risk Management

CEBOS Hits the Mark with “Simplify”

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

This year’s CEBOS user conference was a big deal, and not because I had the opportunity to keynote day two. Held at the Greektown Casino in Detroit, MI, September 24–26, the conference was the first opportunity to broadly address the user base regarding the acquisition by QAD and the launch of the new web-based product MQ1 Elements.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Quality Management, Vendor Spotlight