GS1 UK Healthcare Conference 2015

LANSA was once again proud to be supporting GS1 UK at their annual Healthcare Conference in Holywell Park, Loughborough University on the 9th and 10th of June. As with last year’s event, LANSA was a Silver sponsor. We made the most of the two-day conference in terms of networking and promoting our newest PIM offering - SyncManager – a SaaS solution designed to validate product data against UDI rules, eProcurement requirements and GS1 Standards (but more on that later).

The attendance was in excess of 250, with an audience made up of healthcare professionals representing medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and NHS Trusts1 from across the UK.  All of whom had one thing in common - to learn more about the new approaches and initiatives to deliver efficiency savings and improved patient safety through the implementation of the eProcurement strategy.

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The next generation of IBM i professionals

Guest Blogger: Benjamin Newman

Supporting the next generation of IBM i professionals is important to LANSA. This post was written by Benjamin Newman, LANSA’s recent marketing intern, whom we met at a local IBM i event.  Ben describes his perspective of the IBM i community and the value of real-world work experience.

College students seek two outcomes in a career path; the opportunity to make a difference in the field and secure employment. When I graduated with my Associates degree and started working on my Bachelors in Computer Information Technology I was not sure where, in the tech industry, I would fit. Many people tried to steer me toward programming, due to my passion for efficiency and consistency. However, I wanted more interaction with people than I was told I would get as a programmer. Continue reading “The next generation of IBM i professionals” »


Capturing, validating and maintaining GS1 and EU 1169 compliant product data for online retailing

The EU Food Information Regulation for Consumers (FIR / FIC) 1169/2011 law has been in place for over six months now. It affects all food manufacturers selling into the European Union, regardless of their origin.

For those who are not entirely ‘au fait’ with the Regulation, it covers the provision of product information and how it is presented to a consumer prior to purchase. Such information includes attributes like: nutritional values; ingredient origins; allergen declarations; expiry dates; storage instructions; etc. The Regulation is a means to standardizing food labeling and providing greater clarity to consumers about the products they purchase. If you enjoy reading legal documents then by all means take a crack at this. Your head will soon be spinning! Continue reading “Capturing, validating and maintaining GS1 and EU 1169 compliant product data for online retailing” »


ABHI eProcurement Conference

GS1 & PEPPOL Standards in Healthcare – The flip side, how ready and how prepared is the industry to react?

While I was away in Brussels at the GS1 Belgilux Forum, LANSA was also sponsoring an event closer to home – the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) eProcurement Conference, where the main topic was GS1 & PEPPOL1 standards in UK Healthcare. I entrusted my colleagues to report back to me after the event so I could share with you the key takeaways from the conference.

Exclusive & Focused

Fasken Martenu, ABHI member and leading international business law firm, was the host of this highly popular and oversubscribed conference. LANSA was among three sponsors for the event, all who were positioning vital technology and services that will be utilised by the healthcare industry to support the objectives of the UK Department of Health’s (DH) eProcurement Strategy. Continue reading “ABHI eProcurement Conference” »


Concluding GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015: Now for a bit of DIY and Gardening

I don’t mean putting that shelf up, repairing that broken chair leg, cutting the grass or even planting some seeds! It’s time for the inaugural Belgilux Do-It-Yourself & Garden Event 2015. This was the first dedicated DIY event that I have ever attended, and I was eager to learn what challenges exist in this sector around product data management, and how online retailing is threatening the traditional Garden Centre and the local Hardware shop.

The event was opened by Jan Somers with support from Piet De Lange, Sector Manager COMEOS, Piet De Coninck, CEO FEBIN, and Jerry Tracey, Industry Manager DIY & Garden GS1 Netherlands.

The first presentation looked at trends and challenges in DIY, and unsurprisingly there are many comparisons with other markets like Retail CPG. Neil Munz-Jones, Director mdj2 associates ltd, and Pieter Van Bastelaere, Sector Manager e-Commerce, COMEOS, explored how this sector is mirroring other markets with the demand for accurate data to satisfy the consumers’ desire to research and buy products online. Pieter singled out Screwfix Direct as a poster child for the future of DIY retailing while Neil talked about how the power has shifted to the consumer, as well as singling out the demand for data – describing it as “the new oil”. Continue reading “Concluding GS1 Belgilux Members Forum 2015: Now for a bit of DIY and Gardening” »