The Proactive Quality Economy and Embracing Risk

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Dec 07, 2016 / by Brenda Percy

Over the Next 2 Months, the EtQ Blog Will Examine How Robust RIsk Management Can Provide a Competitive Advantage in Today’s Fast-Paced Business Environment

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6 Key Opportunities for Integrating Quality Management Data

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 06, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Some of the most useful apps are ones that integrate information so you can easily access it in one place. Automatic photo backups to the cloud, integrated bank, 401k and budget tracking, apps that centralize and secure the zillions of passwords created daily—they take just a few minutes to set up, but these apps save hours of time and allow us to better manage our lives.

In the quality world, there are just as many opportunities to bring data together to make your professional life easier.

This post looks at 6 key systems to integrate to streamline the quality process and reduce the time spent collecting data.

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Make Yourself at Home with A Dedicated Cloud Environment

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 02, 2016 / by Alexa Sussman

In today’s software world, enterprise cloud deployments are no longer an up-and-coming trend—they’re practically a standard offering. Cloud offerings provide the same flexibility and scalability of an in-house solution while reducing installation and maintenance costs, so they are a good option for many businesses.

Some clouds are hosted in multi-tenant environments, where many customers are sharing a single, centralized system. Then there are dedicated cloud environments, where each customer receives their own hosted realms and separate bandwidth that they draw from to make the software work.

The type of cloud environment makes a big difference to customers. Think of multi-tenancy as squeezing as many people as possible to live in one single house while dedicated cloud environments give everyone their own homes—there is bound to be chaos in the crowded house.

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6 Elements of a Thriving Safety Ecosystem

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Dec 01, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

When you’re looking at safety problems like a rising incidence rate, there’s a tendency to focus efforts on one area, whether it’s employee training, overdue corrective action requests or a specific high-risk process.

And while these are undoubtedly important elements to consider, the truth is that workplace safety is actually an ecosystem of interconnected processes. When one piece isn’t running optimally, it has a ripple effect on all other areas.

This post will give an overview of 6 critical elements of your Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) ecosystem and the relationships between them.

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The Proactive Quality Economy – Business Change

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Nov 30, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

Business Change – A Second Chance to Catch Recent EtQ Blog Posts on Compliance and Quality Management in a Context of Constant Change

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How to Build a Risk-Based Aviation Safety Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 29, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

You can do all the audits you want and assign corrective actions until the cows come home, but unless your aviation Safety Management System (SMS) incorporates the essential element of risk, you’re missing the point.

Reducing risk to individuals, and really the organization as a whole, is the entire purpose of an SMS. And yet, most companies still tend to look at risk management from a siloed perspective, with only 20 percent integrating risk management data with other business systems.

This post looks at essential places to integrate risk into your SMS, helping you shift from reactive approaches focused on past incidents to proactive strategies that help prevent them.

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All the Better to Eat You With – How Pharma Regulators Are Growing Teeth

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Nov 23, 2016 / by Alexandre Alain

The Pharmaceutical Industry Has Become Increasingly Accountable to a Wide Range of Regulatory Bodies. Driven by Patient Protection and Transparency, They Are Safeguarding Pharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance Across the Sector

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3 Pro Tips for Conducting Supplier Audits

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 22, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Supplier audits are an important part of verifying supplier compliance with industry best practices as well as your own internal requirements. While some suppliers will hire third-party auditors to demonstrate compliance, developing your own internal standards and bringing in your own representatives can ultimately provide better visibility.

This post outlines strategies for streamlining the process, so you can better prevent supplier issues that lead to food safety problems.

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The Island of Misfit Quality Management Systems

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Nov 21, 2016 / by Alexa Sussman

“Every night, he searches the entire earth. When he finds a misfit toy, one that no little girl or boy loves, he brings it here to live on this island until someone wants it.” -Charlie-In-The-Box

You may remember watching the Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and feeling bad for the toys exiled to the Island of Misfit Toys. But can you name any of those toys? Or has their misfit nature caused you to forget them?

There are some Quality Management Software (QMS) companies that are on their own forgotten island. But how did they get there? Why can’t they escape?

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Confessions of a Multi-Tenant Solution Provider: Not all Clouds are Created Equal

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 18, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

If you’re like many people out there in the market, you’ve been confronted with the “cloud.” It has moved well beyond the trend phase, becoming a reality of today’s business. Moving solutions to the cloud is a valid option for many, yet there are still some gray areas surrounding the cloud discussions.

Each software solution looks at the cloud differently, which creates confusion for the organization looking to deploy. There are many ways to build a cloud, but the key to selecting the right one is finding solutions that favor the customer rather than just the vendor.

Vendors continually push the concept of multi-tenancy, or hosting multiple customers on a single cloud, as a viable option for the customer.

However, there is a hidden reality of multi-tenancy that isn’t regularly confessed by these vendors—and it is critical for organizations when making decisions.

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