5 Mistakes Companies Make When Adopting EQMS

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

When a person has been in industry for a while, they tend to see the same patterns repeat themselves. How businesses deploy Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) is one example; companies tend to experience a common pathway, and take a similar approach. Often, it takes a lot of time and effort to get the budget for an EQMS deployment, and the budget award is greeted with excitement! All too often this initial euphoria is replaced by disillusionment or disappointment over the course of the project.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management

EHS Software Arms Race Escalates [MondayMusings]

Posted by Peter Bussey on Mon, Mar 06, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

The #MondayMusings, Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Environment Health and Safety, EQMS, EHS, #MondayMusings

Quality Management in 2017: Analytics, Fundamentals and Executive Sponsorship

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Familiar with the movie Groundhog Day? If you aren’t, here’s a quick synopsis: Bill Murray goes to Punxsutawney, PA to report on a groundhog’s winter weather prediction, magically gets stuck reliving the same day repeatedly until he changes, finally emerging as a good person on the arm of Andy McDowell. Preparing the 2017 quality management predictions felt like Groundhog Day, because we expect the trends identified last year to continue and strengthen for the next several years.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management

4 Interesting Questions Your Colleagues Asked About Driving Quality Initiatives

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

On Tuesday, December 6, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “4 Best Practices to Gain Executive Support for You Quality Initiatives.” The presentation helped quality professionals with how to get support for their quality initiatives, and get the attention of senior management and finance. It also revealed exactly what executives need to know to give support, how to align with corporate trends and objectives to advance your cause, where to look for backing from other functions and groups, and which frameworks and industry statistics support your argument.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management

4 Actions Quality Leaders Should Take to Connect Quality, NPD, & Machine Learning

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Previously, we had discussed quality’s role in New Product Development (NPD) and outlined a few ways in which quality can meaningfully contribute to NPD success. We left a cliff-hanger in that post, which will be addressed here. How does Machine Learning intersect and connect quality and NPD?

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management, IIoT, Machine Learning

Tech Buzz, EHS Superstar, and Planning for that Trip to Mars: [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Oct 02, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as EtQ showing off solution integration; GE releases WIP Solution; chem company earns “Healthy Worksite” certification; and sensors in space with humans.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management Software, Environment Health and Safety, EQMS, Supplier Quality Management, MOM Software, Compliance Management, EHS, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT

[Infographic] 6 Steps to Reposition Quality to Gain Executive Sponsorship

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Earlier this year, LNS published the core of its executive business case for quality research, which delivered strategies, frameworks, and data to plan, gain, and nurture executive sponsorship for quality. Executive sponsorship is the key to improving quality maturity, because it results in funding, cross-functional engagement and Operational Excellence improvements needed to help companies achieve differentiation.

The infographic below explains why quality needs to build the executive business case, and the six steps to achieving executive sponsorship.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management

Avoid a Top Operational Excellence ROI Trap

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

We’ve been discussing the “Executive Business Case for Quality” research with a number of Operational Excellence (OpEx) leaders. Many OpEx leaders are attempting to build business cases for technology investments, and one recurring theme of our discussions is that leaders want to justify technology investments by quantifying expected improvements to process and personnel behavior enabled by the technologies.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EQMS

State of the Market: Software Validation in Life Sciences

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 10:29 AM

Software validations serve an important purpose in life sciences– ensuring that software being used to maintain Part 11 records do so with accuracy, reliability, integrity, availability, and authenticity. However, life science companies validating software against 21-CFR-Part 11 are aware of how resource intensive validation can be.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management, IIoT, cloud

Struggling to Measure and Use Cost of Quality? Here’s What to Do About It

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

Quality organizations generally have a tough time tracking metrics. Inability to effectively track metrics consistently ranks in the top three challenges facing quality leaders. However, Total Cost of Quality (TCOQ) is more than just another quality metric.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, EQMS, Quality Management, Enterprise Architecture