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What are the 4 Key Elements in Compliance Management Software?

  
  
  
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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?

  
  
  
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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

  
  
  
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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

  
  
  
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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?

  
  
  
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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

  
  
  
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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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