Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

Quality Management Software: Evaluating EtQ's EQMS Platform


Ensuring the production and delivery of high quality products 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).

quality management softwareIn mid-October, we released the industry’s first EQMS Solution Selection Guide. 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.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be blogging about vendors listed within the publication, touching briefly on strengths, weaknesses, functionalities, industries served, technology architectures and more. The information provided is based on a number of briefings with vendors as well as our own analyses of the market.

This week, we’re covering EtQ, a veteran in the EQMS space with expertise in the development and marketing of enterprise quality, compliance, and environment, health and safety (EH&S).

A Brief Overview of EtQ

EtQ is one of the leading quality vendors for Risk Management, EH&S, and Food and Product Safety. It offers integration, automation, and collaboration solutions. In terms of making strategic investments in emerging technology to improve its solution, EtQ has also proven to be a leader.

With over twenty years in the EQMS space, EtQ serves a broad set of industries and functionalities. The solution has strength in general manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace. Traditionally, the company has been in the mid-market segment, but in recent years, it’s been moving up market into several different verticals, including medical device and food and beverages.

Although it covers a wide range of functionalities, EtQ’s EQMS is strong in Non-Conformance/Corrective and Preventive Action Management, Risk Management, EH&S, Food Safety (SQFI), Document Control, Audits and Surveys, Complaint Handling, Training, and Reporting. The vendor has a flexible, web-based solution, which has worked well for mid-market companies, but also has the ability to serve larger enterprises.

EtQ has been one of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in the space. It was one of the first vendors to re-architect its systems on a modern Java platform, move its system to the cloud, and become SAP certified. The company takes a modular approach, allowing users to scale the solution as needed.

A Deeper Look at EtQ

For a more extensive overview of EtQ, read LNS Research’s EQMS Solution Selection Guide. It covers industries served, specific functionalities included with its EQMS, company sizes served, geographies covered, technology delivery platforms, and technology delivery models. The guide also breaks down the vendor’s central attributes by total coverage areas, areas of strength, and areas of emerging strength.

Reviewing the analysis of EtQ alongside the other 17 vendors covered, executives can take a comparative approach to selecting an EQMS solution. They will have everything needed to produce a shortlist of potential EQMS vendors for their organization’s implementation. More quality management software vendor write-ups can be found on our site as well.

If you are currently using or considering EtQ’s software, we would like to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to reach us by email at info@lnsresearch.com.

Quality Management Solutions

For this selection and implementation, more information can be found in the links below:

Research Spotlights:

Enterprise Quality Management Software Best Practices Guide

Top Integration Points for Enterprise Quality Management Software

Blogs:

Top 3 Strategies for Selecting an EQMS Solution

Supplier Quality Management: The Role of Scorecards and Portals

Quality Management Strategy: Building a Better Culture

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