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Everything Today is in the Cloud…How’d it Get There?

Building the Cloud

Everything today seems to be headed to the cloud and many software solution vendors now have some form of cloud offering.  While it certainly has gained in popularity, the cloud still tends to hold an elusive stature.  Is it safe? Can everyone see my stuff??? These are all valid questions and some that I’ll aim to answer in this post.  First, to give you a better idea of where the cloud began, let’s try to unveil some of the mystery that tends to surround it, and some details on how to drive Compliance Management Solutions to the cloud.

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A Dr. Seuss Approach to Quality Management Systems


I’m a huge fan of the genius that was Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.  His lighthearted stories all had deep meaning at the core. His words were filled with great advice for the young and the young at heart.  So it comes as no surprise to me that while reading “Horton Hears a Who” to my daughters, I was struck with this thought…how would Dr. Seuss have approached quality management?  Certainly not conventionally. And with that, here’s my tribute to the prose of Dr. Seuss…with a quality management twist.

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How is Risk & Compliance Management like running an Obstacle Course?

ROC Race in Quality?

Most people have heard of the popular game show, Wipeout. If not, this may jog your memory. Well, that’s what we did last weekend. Sort of.  Here at EtQ, our Fun Committee plans the latest and greatest events for general spirit and team building. Last weekend the event of choice was the R.O.C. Race, or Ridiculous Obstacle Course Race. 

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What are the 4 Key Elements in Compliance Management Software?

Compliance Platform

Compliance is a broad term in business today.  It's a term that gets thrown around in meetings, operations, regulations, and covers so many definitions.  It almost borders on cliche - compliance is broad.  But what does it mean?  In simplest terms, "Compliance" means that you are able to do business with confidence.  You can operate your business in a manner that means less risk, better quality, safety and governance.  It means that you are doing business as you should - as people will expect you to.  Compliance management software is designed to help foster this concept, but again, it becomes broad in definition on what can be offered.  What do people need in compliance management software solutions?  Here are 4 basics:

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The Q Word: How does your Company Define Quality Management?

How do you define Quality?

Let's talk about the "Q word".  I’m going to echo a sentiment you’ve no doubt heard before—quality should be inherent in everything.  It’s often the reason some products are successful while others fail. Unfortunately, if you haven’t taken the steps toward ensuring product quality from beginning to end, chances are you may be dealing with more than a handful of post-market issues at some point or another. Quality Management and Quality Management Systems are in place for just that.

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The Automated QMS by The Numbers

blog ROI

When it comes to Quality Management Solutions, we often hear the same thing.  Every vendor out there seems to be touting similar capabilities—flexible! streamlined! world-class!  Unfortunately, you’ve just described everything from software to toilet paper. These words have become so overused they’ve lost their value. You deserve more than just gobbledygook (read: fancy marketing term for jargon.) You deserve to know the why. Flexibility is indeed important…but why? Yes you want your processes to be streamlined but what exactly does that mean? If you want to you want to know what these terms mean to your organization then let’s take a look at the numbers—they speak for themselves.

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Reliance 11: Innovating the Product Landscape

Reliance version 11 Infographic

EtQ Reliance version 11 has been released and with it comes a whole host of new features and enhancements for quality, EHS and compliance initiatives.

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How Can We Mitigate Supply-Chain Risk In the QMS?

SUpply Chain

Looking at the scope of where businesses are today, it gets more and more evident that there is a growing, systematic tearing down of informational silos.  This is a good thing - the less division we have on our data means more visibility into all aspects of the business. For processes around Quality Management and Compliance management, this means that we have more information to pull from when we try to mitigate risk and improve compliance.  But for the supply-chain, this continues to evolve.  We are seeing more companies recognizing the impact of the supply-chain on Quality and Compliance, and companies are seeking ways to tear down the silos of information that separate Supplier Quality from our four walls.

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4 Steps to Better Automating Document Control


When it comes to controlling your documents, there are several key traits that are conducive to effective Document Control. The Document Control system ensures that your documents are kept up to date and controlled, and lets you effectively and automatically route your documents from review to approval to distribution.

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5 Audit Management Tasks in my Pre-Race Audit Journey


Outside of work, I am a big cycling fanatic.  I love to bike, and try to get out and ride as often as I can.  A few years back, I decided to start racing mountain bikes.  The challenge has been amazing, and I love the competition.  I have a race coming up and realized that my pre-race rituals often mimic the same principles of Audit Management like the ones in Quality Management Systems.  So what do I do when preparing for a race so that my equipment, my processes and my approaches are audited and verified?

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