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Ditch Your Manual Filing System for Automatic Document Control

  
  
  
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When we all started school as young children, we were given the same speech about keeping our binders nice and tidy. We all had to go to the local office supply store, buy the colorful subject dividers and begin the year on a good note by placing every piece of paper in its proper spot. But if anyone saw those same binders at the end of the year, they would see an exploding paper basket in place of the once neat and tidy Filofax.

What Qualities Do You Look For in Your QA/Testing Department?

  
  
  
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I recently read an article written by the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner. His tone and opinion on the people he enjoys working with resonated with me. It got me to thinking about the qualities and traits of the ideal Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist. My observations come from working with some of the best QA Specialists in software.

Is Money the Most Important Factor in Choosing Your Next Career?

  
  
  
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“Show me the money!” – Rod Tidwell (Jerry Maguire)

How Proper Label Controls Can Help Your Manufacturing Plant

  
  
  
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I am fortunate to be able to call myself the Mom of a beautiful baby girl named Avery. Upon meeting her for the first time, many acquaintances compared her name to the label and office supply producer of the same moniker. Some even followed this parallel with a joke along the lines of: Well, that's a name that will "stick!" And even though I groaned at these jokes, they did later get me thinking about labels.

How Can Prospective Businesses Tell If You Are Good at Manufacturing?

  
  
  
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How do you find and win new business for your manufacturing plant? Do you rely on sales people making cold calls, a strong website with inbound marketing and SEO or customer referrals? When you are prospecting new companies, how do they know that you are a better manufacturer than your competitor four states away?

Use Alignment to Increase Confidence in Your Company's Direction

  
  
  
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Are you and your company going in the right direction? Or are you “dog-tracking,” as when the wheels on your car don’t square correctly with each other, and the steering and ride of the vehicle becomes erratic? Do you find it necessary to always steer one way or another, like tacking on a sailboat?

What is the Value of Real-Time Data in Manufacturing?

  
  
  
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What do you consider real-time information? For some manufacturers, accurate data can only be acquired when a shift ends and the production reports are logged or the data from the shop floor is uploaded, resulting in an unfortunate up to eight hour "real-time" reality. For others, the real-time information range is shorter, spanning between four to six hours, depending on the design and technology limitations of their reporting software.

Updated Business Intelligence (BI) Solutions for EnterpriseIQ

  
  
  
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In the EnterpriseIQ customizable desktop dashboard, Smart Page, IQMS users can configure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that allow users to display a dashboard full of multiple charts. This analytics tool allows a user to quickly glance at the performance of the same user-defined metric without running reports that often take time to prepare and additional time to read. Many of our users display these KPIs in a slideshow on the shop floor to help their employees identify problems quickly. The KPIs paint a nice picture that is easy to understand, with visualize variation that may not be as evident in tabular spreadsheet or report form.

5 Tips to Being a Better Buyer with EnterpriseIQ - Part I

  
  
  
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There's a lot that goes into being a buyer for any kind of business - from evaluating different suppliers to negotiating contracts to understanding supply chain management. You've got quite a bit on your plate to manage, but EnterpriseIQ is here to provide the tools you need to make your job easier and help you execute the purchasing strategies that will make your company more profitable. The tools I'm going to highlight in this two-part series include the AKA Buying feature, Material Exceptions List tool, Budget Comparison calculation, Vendor Performance Analysis report and the Vendor RMA module.

Why Go To IQMS User Group 2014? [Infographic]

  
  
  
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User Group 2014 is exactly 11 weeks away! Have you registered yet? The benefits of IQMS' User Group are nearly too numerous to describe, so we are offering two easy ways to review all the reasons to join us in Las Vegas on October 7-9, 2014. Download the graphic. Email the blog to your boss. Generate excitement in your office about this special opportunity to connect, learn and advise with other innovative manufacturers. 

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