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4 Things to Know when Moving Quality Management to the Cloud


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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4 Reasons Life Sciences Can Move Compliance Management to the Cloud

Cloud LS

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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3 Things you Need to Know about Validating QMS in the Cloud

Cloud Computing

As technology evolves, more companies are looking for easier ways to manage their IT infrastructure and, in turn, their Quality Management System (QMS).  First came the client-server (thick client); then came the Web client(thin client); and now Software as a Service (SaaS) (supermodel thin client).  With the first two, the key component was the hardware.  It was always known that if you wanted software, you had to put it on a box, and someone had to maintain that box.  In this new technological era, IT is tired of maintaining your hardware;  they are looking for ways to deploy the QMS in the "cloud" - the hosted realm where server farms enable virtual operating environments to "float" and draw what bandwidth is needed to make the software work. 

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Dedicated SaaS for Quality and EH&S: Can it be Done?

SaaS as a decicated environment

With all the industry abuzz about Software as a Service (SaaS), many players are entering the market, throwing their hat in the SaaS ring. Traditionally, we know that SaaS resides in a multi-tenant capacity. The reasons behind this have been twofold:

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SaaS and Quality / EHS Management: It's an On Demand World

SaaS for Quality and EH&S Management

In the evolution of Quality, Compliance and EHS systems, we've seen several incarnations of software platforms over the years.  In the "good old days"  it was client-server models.  Before that, it was word of mouth, spreadsheets, and "folklore".  Then came along the Web (thank you Mr. Gore).  With the advent of the Web, more and more systems became accessible on a different level.  Thin clients pushed data out to the far reaches of the world, or at least as far as your Ethernet cable would let you go.

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