GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015

It was another great turnout for GS1 Belgilux at their annual members gathering. The venue was once again Tour & Taxis, the superb and gigantic, 100 year old ex customs clearance and goods warehousing complex. The location’s historical significance reflected the importance of this three-day conference, as enterprises from all across Belgium and Luxembourg as well as The Netherlands were in attendance. The diversity of this conference truly amazed me, especially because the organiser’s were able to so effortlessly present content in Dutch (Flemish), French and English. Day 1 was dedicated to the Healthcare industry and Day 2 and 3 were split equally between General Forum, covering a multitude of topics, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) industry. Continue reading “GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015” »


DQSA, FMD, Serialisation – Even more need for a Master Data Management (MDM) strategy, with a GS1 Compliant PIM at the heart

It’s a wonder we ever meet in person. With the explosion in digital technology we could just gather on Skype. The ease and convenience of online meetings oftentimes overshadows and underrates the value of actually getting together. This was amply demonstrated at the offices of Lifestar who recently hosted a meeting for the QP Forum. The Forum, organised by Alex Hall of QPQuandary, is a networking and learning group for QPs in the UK. QPs are the people ultimately responsible for the quality and integrity of pharmaceuticals; they are the “Qualified Persons” who certify that every batch of medicinal product manufactured has been made as it should and that the medicines we take are as safe as they can be.

When you get a group like this together you expect the usual “Where are you from?” “How was your journey?” kind of ice-breaker session. What you don’t expect is how rapidly such a diverse group of professionals get to the heart of the matter. Even before the formal presentations had begun we were in deep discussions of exactly how you trace human derived cell therapies, especially when you’re using them in the context of clinical trials.  Not your usual small talk...
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Seneca College professor succeeds at adding Mobile App Development for IBM i to curriculum

Pursuing a college education used to be a fairly straightforward process.  A general interest was paired with a broad degree that resulted in a diploma with several career paths. Success was achieved by how quickly you secured a job out of college, and student loans with low interest rates and pay back incentives were freely available. The average debt per student loan borrower in 1993 was $10,000. Fast forward 20 years and the class of 2014 graduate will pay back $33,000.

The journey to higher education has now become an algorithm. Declared major + acceptance at a college regarded for high job placement = greatest chance of employability (and the financial stability to manage loan repayment). Students today are under extreme pressure to build their college resume, chalked full of classroom and off-campus internships, to yield the best possible job placement.

Russell Pangborn, Professor, Seneca College

Russell Pangborn, professor at Seneca College, located in Toronto Canada, is in tune with his students’ needs and continuously seeks ways to improve their world-of-work readiness. Russ has taught for the School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for 26 years, and this past year, was instrumental in adding a new professional option (elective) to the Computer Programming & Analysis major; a hopeful employment differentiator for his students. No other college or university in Canada offers Mobile App Development for IBM i.

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Workflow Solutions: Key Considerations for Transforming Inefficient Business Processes

Workflow applications enable users to actively participate and manage business processes across any or all areas of an enterprise. For example, a manager’s daily role may involve hiring decisions, PO approvals or expense reviews. Each approval may be linked to a myriad of systems within the enterprise. A workflow application would provide the manager with a single To-Do list across all systems so that he is able to focus on the job at hand - without the need to learn the nuances of each disparate system.

My colleague, Paul McDonald, manager of professional services, and I recently participated in a discussion with McPress Online about workflow and other collaborative applications for the IBM i. We answered a series of questions about workflow applications and how they can be used to automate and monitor business processes. Continue reading “Workflow Solutions: Key Considerations for Transforming Inefficient Business Processes” »


Top 10 most clicked on posts of 2014

We’ve compiled a list of the most clicked on blog posts of the year. They’re not in order of popularity, and some were written four years ago but are still very relevant to the IBM i community today. Continue reading “Top 10 most clicked on posts of 2014” »