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28
Apr

MVVM architectural pattern with AngularJS

AngulaJS is a framework for writing Single Page applications (SPA). It is just one of many JavaScript frameworks for developing SPA, but it is widely used. One of the reasons is that AngularJS is, as authors say, MVW framework (Model – View – Whatever).

What is MVW? There are several most popular architectural patterns for developing of web apps. MVC (Model – View – Controller) is well-known for long time and is main pattern for developing server-side code for web apps. MVVM pattern is relatively new, and it is evolving with applications for mobile devices, but has moved to SPA also.

So, AngularJS is designed to be used with whatever architecture pattern. It gives freedom to a developer to decide what pattern to use. However, AngularJS is primarily MVC framework, as it brings views and controllers out of the box.

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27
Apr

First look at Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova

If you are a web developer and you want to develop applications for mobile devices, Single Page Applications (SPA) are the Holy Grail. It allows you to use cross-platform capabilities of HTML5/CSS/JavaScript technologies in combination of web development and design experience in order to create fully functional mobile applications.

Microsoft has recently launched Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova. It’s embedded within Visual Studio and allows you to create, debug and test cross-platform mobile applications written as SPA. Apache Cordova is an open-source platform which contains of set of command-line tools and plugins for creating mobile apps for different platforms. Visual Studio brings set of tools, emulators and debugger which allows you to have better experience developing such applications.

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26
Apr

Training from Your ERP Partner: What You Should Expect

When you are sitting through a demo of your new ERP solution, the sales engineer or sales person walking you through makes everything look really easy. That’s their job after all. Often times, they make things look so easy that customers assume that their end-users will be able to catch on quickly so money isn’t spent on adequate training. Anyone who has seen this scenario knows that it is laying the groundwork for failure. That is why it is so important that your partners in this project understand just how important training your users is.

When you are reaching out to possible consultants to serve as your implementation partner, you should spend a good deal of time talking about training your users. If they never bring it up, you are with the wrong partner. When they do address the topic, here are some things you should expect from them.

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21
Apr

mHealth: The Next Frontier for Life Science Companies

Imagine a world in which a doctor could use a smartphone or tablet to diagnose an eye condition. It might seem like something out of a futuristic science fiction film, but the development of this technology is closer than you think. Scientists and researchers are developing tools that would enable healthcare practitioners to utilize mobile devices to perform eye exams, saving patients and the healthcare system time and money.

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20
Apr

Planning Ahead for Compliance

There is so much to consider during an ERP implementation, isn’t compliance something that can be attacked once everything else is in place? Compliance is a combination of people, processes, and software. Since these same components are part of a successful ERP implementation, it just makes sense to consider both at the same time. A good implementation focuses on more than just installing hardware and software; it considers how that software will complement the way things get done. And keeping track of how things get done (and making sure these processes meet internal and external expectations) is the dominion of compliance.

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19
Apr

Is There an App for That?: Pharmaceutical Companies and Mobile Applications

If you’re like the millions of other mobile device users on the planet, you most likely download and utilize applications on your device on a daily basis. Maybe those apps help you stay organized, or they help you communicate faster with friends and family. What is quite probable is that you haven’t downloaded an app produced by a pharmaceutical company. Why is that? Pharmaceutical companies are still in the process of figuring out how to engage consumers through this platform. Mobile devices represent a significant opportunity for pharmaceutical companies – read on to learn more about how they can capitalize on them.

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18
Apr

New Life Sciences ERP White Paper

It goes without saying that every business that intends to grow needs an ERP system that provides a framework for business processes and insight into costs, results and performance. For companies in some industries, almost any ERP system will probably work fine. But because of the highly regulated nature of their industry, Life Sciences companies have special requirements they need to consider when selecting an ERP system.

Too often, Life Sciences companies don’t realize that not all ERP systems are the same. Companies in this industry need an ERP solution that meets all their unique business needs and that can also help them to reduce the risk of non-compliance with government regulations. At a minimum, an ERP system in Life Sciences should have strong support for crucial industry specific needs that allow the company to meet its regulatory compliance obligation without adding burdensome manual processes that add unnecessary costs.

In this white paper, we explore some of the common requirements of ERP for biotech, medical device, pharmaceutical, and other life sciences organizations- including Track and Trace, Electronic Signatures, Effectivity Dates, Quality Management Systems, Document Management, and ERP Validation.

Access the free white paper today: ERP in Life Sciences.

18
Apr

Mobile Technology Best Practices for Life Science Companies

Mobile technologies have improved the speed at which life science companies innovate. The R&D process, the supply chain, and clinical tests can all run more efficiently and effectively thanks to the competitive advantages mobile technologies offer. That being said, mobile technologies are not without their challenges. Security and compliance are two examples of obstacles life science companies face. However, implementing a set of best practices regarding mobile technologies will enable life science firms to utilize them effectively and safely.

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15
Apr

BI Challenge: Bringing Together Disparate Data Sources

The power of Business Intelligence comes from getting the right data to the right people at the right time. When an organization can successfully do this, data is presented to those people in a way that just makes sense. It’s as if the data was created and presented just for them. The results? Key stakeholders have the ability to make quick and informed decisions that guide a business toward greater success. Everyone can benefit from effective BI initiatives, but getting there can be difficult.

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14
Apr

6 Risks of ERP Implementations

Modern day ERP solutions merge data, technology and business processes.

Implementing these systems is a huge undertaking. Because of all the moving parts, there are risks associated with this type of project and if they are ignored – there is a good chance that the implementation will fail. For most, these risks are manageable if they are known ahead of time. Identifying what problems may arise and addressing them early will certainly help mitigate them before they become a point of failure for your project.

But just what are some of the common risks you may encounter:

  • No clear vision
  • Lack of user buy-in
  • Selecting the wrong software
  • Customization
  • Exposing sensitive data
  • Poor project planning

This white paper outlines these 6 common risks of ERP implementations – and how you can avoid being in the 55% – 75% of ERP projects that are considered “failures”.

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