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Gene Lichtman
By Gene Lichtman on January 13, 2021


One of my favorite quotes is from Peter Senge of MIT's Sloan School of Management. Senge says, "The only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization's ability to learn faster than the competition." When it comes to technology, we often measure our performance on the suite of products we implement.

However, in the Life Sciences space, companies largely share the same set of business requirements and pick from the same small software solutions pool.
We like to talk about innovation and creativity, but our enterprise architectures are ultimately more similar than different. We should be judged on our ability to make smart decisions, quickly respond to shifting business conditions, and the ability to execute. As IT professionals, our sustainable competitive advantage is how we communicate, plan, and execute. 

Timothy Reinhardt
By Timothy Reinhardt
on November 17, 2020

Shifts in the landscape of quality management training

When I started in the pharmaceutical industry nearly thirty years ago, training meant collecting large numbers of various staff members into a conference room on a slow day and methodically walking through a high-level general presentation packed with incidental information. This exercise was repeated annually for my first three years, with what seemed to me to only contain tiny alterations to the training material. Proficiency, engagement, and creativity were not a driving factor in the sessions. It seemed more about filling an afternoon and checking a box.
Celia Brown
By Celia Brown
on February 20, 2020

Whether it’s your first or fifth or five hundredth audit, you can never be too prepared. We recently hosted a webinar on exactly this topic, hosted by quality and systems expert Ed Morris. Morris walked through tips for preparation for and day of your audit.  

Celia Brown
By Celia Brown
on January 27, 2020

Members of the Life Sciences Quality Leaders Forums met in Princeton, New Jersey to discuss the ins and outs of audit preparedness in the midst of an ever-changing regulatory environment. Ed Morris, President and CEO of The Morris Group, shared his expertise with the group, suggesting that the first step should be to thoroughly evaluate your organization’s Quality Management System (QMS) and identify any gaps.  

Celia Brown
By Celia Brown
on September 25, 2019

The mission of the Quality Leaders Forum (QLF) is to exchange knowledge and build a community of the best quality leaders in the life sciences industry. We will learn from one another and confront the challenges associated with compliance today – and in the future. 

Celia Brown
By Celia Brown
on September 04, 2019

 ZenQMS recently  hosted a live webinar featuring a presentation by Ed Morris, Managing Partner of The Morris Group and a well-known IT and Compliance expert.  If you missed it, there is a replay available on-line and I've written up a brief summary here:

Emily Ruth
By Emily Ruth
on August 27, 2019

When you think about it, a department, job function or role within a company can be easily be compared to working towards a degree with a specific major.  At most any University or College, there will be requirements that apply to all enrolled students as well as courses that are required for specific majors. And for each course requirement, there are quizzes, tests, and papers that need to be written to pass that course.