Why are Only 30% of In-house IT Projects Successful?

EHSQ Software IT Projects

According to Peter Drucker, the renowned business author and educator: “Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” That’s not to say that courage alone is the answer—extensive research, forecasting and scenario planning all play a role in making business decisions. In fact, when it comes to purchasing software, especially EHSQ software, there is much to consider and much at stake.


The Buy vs. Build Debate in the Post-Pandemic Landscape


In the software development world, the buy vs. build debate is still strong. With rising costs of doing business, mounting customer expectations and disruptions to operations, leaders are faced with the decision of whether they should build software in-house or buy it externally. Interestingly, businesses based in the U.S. spend nearly $300 billion per year on in-house solutions. Within these, however, only 30% of in-house IT projects are successful.


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World Quality Day: Going to Gemba with the Fortive Business System

A group of employees at Fluke participate in a Kaizen as part of the Fortive Business System.

As an employee of Fortive, you are likely to hear the words “go to Gemba” frequently in your career. You will hear this advice for almost any challenge you may face – from improving quality to setting priorities on what features to deliver in the next release of software. In our culture of continuous improvement, known as the Fortive Business System, going to Gemba is at the heart of who we are and how we deliver breakthrough quality, day after day.

So, what exactly does “go to Gemba” mean? Simply translated, it means go to the real place – the place where you can observe, interact and develop deep empathy for our customers or employees. It means immersing yourself in the real environment where the work is done so that you truly … Read more...

World Quality Day: COVID-19 Accelerates Push for Quality Maturity in Life Sciences

COVID-19 Quality Supply Chains FDA

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to quality and supply chain management within the life sciences industry. Drug shortages caused by unprecedented supply and demand pressures continue to be significant challenges for many life sciences companies today and for the general public at large as the pandemic continues to escalate.


The Fragile State of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chains in the US


According to a recent report by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), the US domestic pharmaceutical supply chain remains in a state of heightened vulnerability, with almost three quarters of the critical drugs required to treat COVID-19 patients facing significant shortages. The current shortages have brought quality management into the spotlight for many life science organizations and have tightened the focus on issues of quality maturity across the larger pharmaceutical manufacturing value chain.

Beyond supply chain disruption, additional factors including implementation of new public health safety protocols, … Read more...

World Quality Day: Food Safety in the Spotlight After Supreme Court of Canada Decision

Food safety

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal that would have seen Maple Leaf Foods held responsible for financial and reputational losses that occurred during the listeriosis outbreak in 2008.

The outbreak at the Bartor Road plant in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2008 resulted in 22 deaths and is considered one of the deadliest food safety outbreaks in Canadian history. The contamination affected a number of cold cut products produced at the plant. The cause of the outbreak was the cleaning procedures of two slicing machines that had meat residue lodged deeply inside their internal workings, which allowed the bacteria to grow unchecked over a long period of time despite the thorough cleaning and maintenance of the working surfaces. Maple Leaf Foods had an exemplary record for food safety up to that point and had demonstrated a high level of attention to food safety and quality for several years. … Read more...

Your Remaining 2020 EHS Budget: It’s a Race to Use It or Lose It

2021 Budget Use or Lose It

2020 was a bumpy road for all of us. Start 2021 ahead of the race by taking your remaining budget and uplevel your organization’s environment, health & safety and quality efforts. It’s time to “Use it or Lose it.”

As an EHSQ professional, you have been on the frontline of this pandemic. Maybe you discovered that you were missing some of the tools you needed to help your organization and employees survive and thrive. Now is the time to “use it or lose it” when it comes time to spending your EHSQ budget and get those tools you need to beat the competition when it comes to EHSQ performance. Since there’s not much time left until 2021, now’s the time to up-level your EHSQ strategy:

  • Be more agile with solutions that can evolve and adapt to changing internal and external factors
  • Be better at dealing with ongoing risks associated
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Our Upcoming Expert Connect Session: The Evolving Role of the EHS Professional—Planning for Crisis

Expert Connect EHS Professional

In the words of award-winning psychologist Albert Bandura: “Learning is bidirectional. We learn from the environment, and the environment learns and is modified thanks to our actions.”  With that in mind, we created our Expert Connect series to provide attendees with an exciting experience based on the exchange of ideas, experiences and industry knowledge.


Introducing Our Upcoming Session: The Evolving Role of the EHS Professional—Planning for Crisis


We’re excited to announce our fourth session, The Evolving Role of the EHS Professional—Planning for Crisis, which will be taking place on Wednesday, November 18th!

This session is designed to examine the role of EHS professionals in minimizing disruptions to supply chains and operations—all during post-pandemic times. By attending, you will learn:

  1. The key metrics that have the greatest impact to your sustainability programs and brand.  
  2. How our Intelex solution provides a sustainability performance indicator dashboard to
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Leaders2Leaders: Health & Safety Leaders Are Changing Business for Good

Health and Safety Leaders Improving Business

Episode 7 of the Leaders2Leaders video series focuses on how health and safety leaders can get other parts of the business on-side and encourages them to be vocal evangelists of the HSE message. 

Health & Safety is changing. It is now more complex and dynamic than ever. In addition to traditional concerns over safety, today’s professionals must deal with everything from pandemic planning to employee mental health to global environmental citizenship. An important part of the role of HSE professionals is breaking down siloes to build bridges from the business to employees and from HSE to other operating units of the business. 

“For me, it’s about teamwork and having representatives of teams from different areas of functions, regions, countries. That’s how we break the barriers,” said Ratna Morjaria, Global ESH Director, Evonik.  

“We have to open their eyes to understand what the organization is trying to do [to] understand the risk and the nature of the … Read more...

How to Build Supply Chain Resiliency in a Pandemic World

Supply Chain Resiliency

When we go shopping at our local grocery store, pharmacy, hardware outlet, or just about any other kind of retailer, we expect the goods we’re seeking to be there, sitting on the shelf, ready for us to purchase and take home to use whenever we so desire. We take for granted this instantaneous availability of practically anything we want or need.


The Robust Design and Interconnected Systems of Global Supply Chains


What we so infrequently consider is why we are able to do so. The answer lies in the advanced efficiencies built into the modern supply chain that underpins these products’ raw material sourcing, manufacture, and ultimate delivery to the retail outlets we frequent. It’s easy to forget all the necessary steps that must take place for us to enjoy this convenient consumption.

Because supply chains have become so invisibly ingrained in our lives, it’s also easy to forget just … Read more...

Forget the Quotes: Four Things You Can Do to Boost Employee Engagement

Goals motivate us to save money, walk 10,000 steps a day and close deals. If you can make reaching those goals interesting or fun, even better.

Quotes are easy. Motivating yourself and engaging others is hard. These tips can help boost employee engagement.

We’ve all seen the posters and read the quotes: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” (Walt Disney). “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” (Charles R. Swindoll) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” (Nelson Mandela)

The fact of the matter is that quotes don’t actually work to motivate us. If you are trying to motivate yourself or boost employee engagement, consider some advice from researcher Ayelet Fishbach.

Fishbach, the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, writing in the Read more...

11 Scary Facts About Work and the Workplace

Business man afraid of his own shadow monster concept on grungy background

Think ghosts and goblins are scary? Think again! We’ve got some fun, sad and scary facts for you this Halloween.

Scary monsters show up on Halloween, but the workplace can be scary all year round. Here are 11 scary facts about the workplace:

  1. The average work desk is approximately 400 times dirtier than the average toilet seat. A recent study found there are in fact around 10 million bacteria that live on your office desk.
  2. People with sedentary jobs are twice as likely to die of heart disease than those with active jobs.
  3. Roughly 10,000 Japanese workers drop dead at their desks as the result of 60- to 70-hour work weeks. This phenomenon is called “karoshi.”
  4. 71% of American workers are disengaged at work.
  5. 58% of people say they trust strangers more than their own boss.
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