The quality software space has gone through considerable change in a very short period of time. The transition from paper and manual processes to point solutions was revolutionary in and of itself. Automating processes that were once done by hand has increased efficiency, reduced operational risk, and improved the quality of products and processes.
Ensuring the production and delivery of high quality products and processes is an ongoing issue in the industrial setting. With the rising complexities of products and the corresponding process and technologies across the value chain, traditional methods for managing quality are becoming obsolete. As a response, a new software category is emerging, Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS).
In mid-October, we released the industry’s first Solution Selection Guide for EQMS. Because the software space for quality management is ill-defined, we felt that this was not only necessary, but could also serve as a critical resource for industrial and manufacturing decision makers.
Choosing an EQMS solution is a process that can consume considerable resources and be a source of much confusion for industry executives. To help smooth this process, LNS believes our EQMS Solution Selection Guide should be the first stop on the journey. With 18 of the market’s top vendors covered in depth, it provides executives with everything needed to make a shortlist of potential EQMS solutions.
We released the industry’s first Solution Selection Guide for EQMS in October 2012. Because the software space for quality management is ill-defined, we felt that this was not only necessary, but could also serve as a critical resource for industrial and manufacturing decision makers.
What does quality management software do? From a 30,000 foot view, it helps companies ensure the production and delivery of high quality products and processes. More specifically, though, it streamlines, standardizes, and centralizes cross-functional data from across the value chain. This data is used to manage and facilitate improvements in relation to each company’s unique portfolio of processes, products, human capital, suppliers, and many more areas that could be named here.
Since Deming and the quality revolution, numerous quality management software systems have emerged and flourished over the past several decades. However, the quality software market in general has been ill-defined, making it difficult for quality professionals to discuss the space and compare vendors in a formal way. With so many different vendors offering quality management software today, which cover a variety of functionalities, industries, technology delivery models, and so on, the software space can quickly become confusing. Consequently, understanding and then selecting a solution can be quite the challenge.