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4 Steps to Better Automating Document Control

  
  
  
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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

  
  
  
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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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4 Things to Know when Moving Quality Management to the Cloud

  
  
  
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I recently had a discussion with a colleague about technology and how things have evolved over the past few years, and the topic of the "Cloud" came up.  One of the terms he put forth was that of "cloudwash" - an interesting way of saying that everyone states they have a cloud solution, but no one really know what that means.  There are all sorts of cloud messages flooding the market - public, private, SaaS, PaaS and more.  Many companies have moved to some cloud platform, and Quality Management Software systems are also moving in this direction, but what does it all mean?

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The Olympic Spirit of Quality Management Systems

  
  
  
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Like many of you out there, I am completely engaged in this year's Winter Olympics.  The sheer magnitude of the event, the human drama, and the spirit of competition is fantastic, and make for great television.  However, I can't help thinking about the operation itself, and how they are able to maintain operations, logistics, and planning in all the chaos (I can't even manage my own household).  Recently, the Sochi Laboratory that handles drug testing for the Olympics was provisionally suspended for poor Quality Management procedures.  This further emphasizes the importance of Quality Management beyond a purely organizational context.  Quality Management is critical in this sense and many others in order to ensure the thousands of athletes (i.e. the product) are managed and risks are mitigated.  So, what would an Olympic-caliber Quality Management System (QMS) look like?

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Making the Case for Quality

  
  
  
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The Quality Management System (QMS) is the catchall for business processes today. It automates an organization’s processes from Document Control to Change Management to Corrective Action and more. It simplifies the forms within these processes, adding flexibility and intuitive search capabilities and such. These benefits together help to streamline your business processes, reducing error in each and making things all around easier on the end user.

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Why I Implemented a Quality Management System for my Kids

  
  
  
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No, I'm not crazy.  I talk about Quality Management software solutions a lot in my business life, and how a QMS can promote efficiency, transparency, and process improvement.  But when I come home, it's just plain chaos.  My household is run like a circus - everyone is running around trying to get things done, and I'm the hapless ringmaster with the illusion of control.  So I thought, "What would my life be like if I took my QMS from my office and tried to implement it at home?"  So here are the results of my efforts - maybe you might see value in it for yourselves:

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3 Reasons Why Risk Management for Compliance Shouldn't Stress You Out

  
  
  
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Sometimes the simplest path is the best path.  If you look at the most successful businesses today, they have built their philosophy around very simple ideals.  Apple is a great case of simplicity - simple design, simple message, and so forth (but let's not just talk about Apple).  Simplicity in business means asking "Why".  Simon Sinek, who is a prolific author and speaker boils it down to this concept.  Ask yourself why you do business and build out from there - all the complexities of any initiative will fall in line.  This can ring true for an organization looking to achieve compliance through risk management - understand the "why" and it won't seem so lofty a goal.

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4 Reasons Mercury Retrograde Isn’t Slowing Your QMS Down

  
  
  
4 Reasons Mercury Retrograde Isn’t Slowing Your QMS Down

Have you been experiencing strange occurrences with your communications devices? Devices not functioning as usual? Glitches in programs that usually work well? More occurrences of foot in the mouth syndrome? You can probably thank the planet Mercury for that.

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4 Reasons Life Sciences Can Move Compliance Management to the Cloud

  
  
  
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The pace of technology is truly amazing, when you think about it.  The concept of "technology" as we know it is relatively new, and by new I mean it's only been in the last 50 years that we've embraced computers.  Jump ahead to today, and our smartphones are about 100,000 times the speed and data than the computer that landed men on the moon.  The rapid development of technology has evolved, and continues to evolve, on a daily basis.  For Quality and Compliance Management, especially in Life Sciences, this is good news.

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7 Traits of an Effective Training Management System

  
  
  
7 Traits of an Effective Employee Training Management System

In any organization, the key to a successful business operation is in training your employees to be as knowledgeable in their job responsibilities as possible. With the workplace evolving with both new processes and new people, good training is necessary to ensure that everyone is trained as quickly as possible on their new responsibilities and new processes.

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