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2
Apr

Transforming healthcare with the Internet of Medical Things

The Internet of Medical Things

The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) refers to the collection of medical devices and applications that communicate to healthcare IT systems through networking technologies. This is part of the wider movement happening in manufacturing, smart homes, energy management and smart cities also known as IoT (Internet of Things). Digital health is rising as consumers are taking more responsibility for their health and are demanding better access to their medical data, with technology organizations and startups finding easier ways to extracting this data and turn it into meaningful insights.

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31
Jan

What You Should Expect from Your ERP Vendors in Your RFP, and Why It Matters

At many firms, RFPs are overlooked opportunities. These documents give companies the chance to tell vendors what they want out of an ERP system. It’s also the time for businesses to share what their expectations of the vendor are. After all, how can you expect a vendor to do something if you never share that information?

Read on to learn about what you should reasonably expect from your vendors when writing your RFP and why those expectations are important.

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1
Feb

The Food Safety Modernization Act: One Year Later

Since President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on January 4, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made significant progress in developing proposed rules to implement the sweeping food safety reform law, publishing mandated reports, and taking important steps toward increasing overall food safety capacity in the United States. Below are brief summaries of what FDA has accomplished to date.

Highlights of FSMA during 2011:

  • Issued interim final rules on criteria for administrative detention and used this authority three times; issued interim final rules on prior notice of imported food.
  • Issued guidance to the seafood industry on food safety hazards and to the dietary supplement industry regarding new dietary ingredients.
  • Conducted extensive domestic and foreign outreach to all stakeholders to receive input in developing the proposed preventive control rules.
  • Established the Produce Safety Alliance and the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance.
  • Met the FSMA mandate for foreign food safety inspections, and is well on its way to meeting the 5-year inspection frequency mandate for high-risk domestic food facilities.
  • Continued to build State-Federal and global partnerships.

Moving forward, the ability to track and trace ingredients is likely going to be a major focus for food manufacturers as the FSMA is rolled out. The days of brand recognition alone will be long gone; worldwide, all the major producers of food products will now need to focus on brand reputation as well as brand recognition. Government authorities will be requiring companies to track and trace all products to the original point of origin. Today, companies only track goods at convenient points in the supply chain, such as when one ingredient leaves the warehouse and when it arrives in the manufacturing plant. Expect the future to mandate much tighter controls.

From a systems perspective, none of the Tier 1 or Tier 2 ERP vendors have announced a system that supports the mandates of the FSMA. True winners in ERP solutions will be vendors that can provide material and routing information that identifies critical control points in the manufacturing process. Likewise, the system will also need to be made aware of potential new hazardous and other airborne bacteria identified as risks. To date, the only systems tool to support the food safety initiative that is approved by the GSFI is a document management system that is not integrated to the ERP or quality management systems. While many of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 ERP vendors are hosting Food Safety webcasts, none of them are proposing a resolution for the complexity that the FDA is now mandating.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as Merit Solutions will offer a new perspective on how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will support the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2012!

12
Oct

Upcoming Webinar: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Food

Please join Merit Solutions on Wednesday, October 26th at 11am CST for our Food Industry Webinar: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Food!

Find out how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 helps medium to large manufacturers and distributors in the food industry to monitor food safety, streamline business processes, and enhance customer responsiveness. This next generation ERP provides a complete, enterprise wide business software solution designed to reduce an organization’s total cost of ownership and improve profitability. See how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 can impact your whole food organization – from finance and accounting to inventory, production, and distribution.

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29
Jul

Microsoft and Yahoo Announce Search Deal; Go After Google

Microsoft and Yahoo have finally teamed together for a 10-year deal that gives Microsoft access to the Internet’s second-largest search engine audience.

The long-rumored Internet search deal was announced on Wednesday, and is aimed at challenging Google’s dominance of online advertising. The deal adds a potentially potent weapon to Microsoft’s Internet arsenal as it prepares for an all-out assault against online search and advertising leader Google Inc.

This deal is a win-win for Microsoft and Yahoo, said Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer in an e-mail to employees announcing the alliance.

The extended reach will allow Microsoft to introduce its recently upgraded search engine, called Bing, to more people. The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker believes Bing is just as good, if not better, than Google’s search engine.

Taking over the search responsibilities on Yahoo’s highly trafficked site gives Microsoft a better chance to convert Web surfers who had been using Google by force of habit. In return for turning over the keys to its search engine, Yahoo will get to keep 88 percent of the revenue from all search ad sales on its site for the first five years of the deal, and have the right to sell ads on some Microsoft sites.

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