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4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Cloud-Based QMS

Quality Management / July 19, 2017

With many big purchasing decisions, one of the biggest risks is not asking the right questions from the outset. After all, we often don’t know what we don’t know until after the fact, when problems are more likely to arise.

The same is true when choosing a cloud-based Quality Management System (QMS). You might feel good about your initial decision, only to experience buyer’s remorse once the glitches and process bottlenecks start to pile up.

To make the right choice in a cloud-based QMS, your selection process should include questions in areas such as flexibility, integration, vendor support and cloud privacy.

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How to Explain the Value of a Cloud-Based QMS to Your Boss

Quality Management / July 5, 2017

By next year, companies will have the majority of apps and software platforms residing in the cloud, according to a cloud computing survey by IDG Enterprise. While adoption of cloud-based Software as a Service (Saas) and Platform as a Service (Paas) solutions is soaring, more than 50% of companies are still evaluating which business functions to move to the cloud.

What statistics on soaring adoption rates don’t show is how hard implementation can be when you’re trying to get your team on the same page. Concerns about requirements, cost or security can all quickly derail a project before it ever gets off the ground.

To make the case for a cloud-based Quality Management System (QMS), you’ll want to focus on business benefits like profits, overhead, and productivity, all within the context of risk and operational excellence.

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Cybersecurity in the Cloud: How Safe is Your Data?

Quality Management / June 21, 2017

Cloud-based software is a growing option for quality management solutions. It is a cost-effective way to lessen IT burden and build a software solution that works best for you.

But with new technology comes a new set of cybersecurity challenges. Cybersecurity threats pose ever-present and constantly changing challenges to organizations, especially those that deal with sensitive, personal and competitive data. Consequently, people may be hesitant to adopt a cloud-based software solution.

However, there are cloud-based options that are secure and lessen the risk of a cybersecurity attack.

Here are three things to do and look for when looking for or setting up a cloud-based quality management system.

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4 Tips for Increasing Cloud-Based QMS Adoption and Buy-In

Quality Management / May 24, 2017

Organizational change takes some adjustment. Whether it’s the introduction of a new high-level employee or a change to company culture, sometimes people are hesitant to embrace changes because they are unfamiliar or more difficult at first.

When it comes to your Quality Management System (QMS), sticking to your old habits leads to inefficient processes and increases the likelihood of quality issues—especially in high-risk industries. Yet user adoption and buy-in still remain quality management challenges, despite the dangers.

Here are 4 tips to help get your team on board with adopting an updated, cloud-based quality system.

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Management Commitment Starts with You + Tips for Managing Compliance Obligations

 This week’s roundup considers the changes to the management commitment clause within ISO 9001:2015, and looks into why empathy plays an important part in the quality journey. We conclude with tips on how you can start managing your compliance obligations more effectively, today.

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6 Ways to Prioritize Action with Risk Assessments

Ask any productivity guru, and you’ll find that effective prioritization is key to getting stuff done. Whether it’s focusing on the one most important thing you must get done today or using a tiered system to sort your to-do list, being able to separate less pressing items from mission-critical tasks is a hallmark of effective and efficient work.

In terms of safety and quality, risk can be an especially useful metric for prioritizing action. In this post, we’ll look at how using risk assessments throughout your quality process can help you better prioritize your activities.

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5 Steps Toward a More Efficient Employee Training Software Program

Quality Management / August 14, 2013

Business today is never static. It is constantly revolving and constantly changing. Policies and procedures change, processes change, and employees come and go. With this natural ebb and flow comes the need for an effective training process. This is important because employees can be considered to be the lifeline of the organization—keeping them knowledgeable and up to date on the processes that pertain to them is the key to maintaining a well-informed workforce.

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