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Driving Better Decisions with Data Governance

The business capabilities presented in our new guide demonstrates how forward-thinking financial services companies are leveraging data governance to create value for the enterprise. Accurate and timely information continues to be a key driver of enabling better decision making. Capabilities such as data principles and strategy, data architecture, organizational roles, authoritative sources, data lineage, data […]

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Key Takeaways About Compliant IT Systems In The Cloud

This is the final post in our series on maintaining regulatory-compliant IT systems in the cloud. In this post, we’ll go over the key takeaways from the series and then we’ll send you on your way! Regardless of how much control you have over your IT systems, if you are using them for regulatory purposes, […]

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Organizational DevOps – an Enterprise Contradiction

Does your business structure help or hurt your DevOps move? “Organizational DevOps” is the enterprise level action for a DevOps strategy and tactics. There is a natural struggle when moving towards DevOps, but therein is the value. First some context … Process or Project  Operations management is the attempt to run things better – in the current […]

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DevOps/OpsDev: The Name Debate is Over

DevOps was first introduced in 2008 as an extension of proper development, but shortly thereafter, “OpsDev” was on many of our minds. I believe the earliest mention of OpsDev was 2012 [Randy Clark in UK Business Computing World, “DevOps or OpsDev?”]. Please forgive me if you made an earlier mention! Why the Name Debate? There […]

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Tips And Best Practices For Compliance In The Cloud

As we’ve learned in the previous posts in this series, having a thoughtful, thorough cloud vendor qualification process and intelligent SLAs in your cloud vendor contracts will help you maximize the value of the cloud while maintaining regulatory compliance. In addition, here are some tips and best practices to help you knock it out of […]

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[Guide] Six Trends for Optimizing Supply Chain Operations

Establishing the best supply chain possible is paramount to teams and leaders responsible for meeting the product and service needs of their internal and external customers. Fortunately, the supply chain world is constantly evolving and challenging leaders to reevaluate their place within the ecosystem. As innovations in process and technology are introduced, the speed of […]

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How To Use Contracts For Regulatory Compliance Of Cloud Systems

In my previous post in this series, we discussed how to qualify cloud vendors. Once that process is complete, the second step to maintaining compliance is to document your specific regulatory requirements in a contract with the cloud vendor, usually in the form of service-level agreements (SLAs). In this blog post, I include a range […]

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How To Qualify Cloud Vendors

We recently completed a 21 CFR Part 11 gap analysis engagement for a client that was largely using SaaS applications, but had no cloud vendor qualification process in place. They had just been allowing each business unit to select the applications that met its user requirements, accept whatever validation documentation the cloud vendor supplied (if […]

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Dynamic Queue Hold Messages Using the Get Metric Node

Last week Amazon announced the release of a new node for Amazon Connect: Get Metrics. It is available from the Set menu in regular contact flows, customer queue, hold and even whisper flows and allows us to dynamically query queue data. While the Check Queue Status node (available under the Branch menu in some contact […]

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“Agile Takt Time” Helps Stabilize Production

While my earlier blog posts were focused on Agile Risk Management, I am taking some time off from this to familiarize myself with a new subject – Time Management. “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed” – Peter Drucker One fascinating way that I have found to help […]

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Who Is Responsible For The Compliance Of Cloud Systems?

Any time you take advantage of a cloud service – infrastructure, platform, or software – for a regulated purpose, you are ultimately responsible for its regulatory compliance, not the cloud vendor. This is critical for you to remember. So, how can you ensure regulatory compliance of a software system you did not build, you do […]

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Guidance For Early Adopters Of The TransCelerate SIP

In today’s post, the sixth in the series on the TransCelerate Shared Investigator Platform (SIP), we offer guidance and best practices for early adopters of the SIP. For more background information on TransCelreate or the SIP, or for guidance directed toward companies that have not joined TransCelerate or adopted the SIP, see the previous posts. […]

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3 Steps to Overcoming Communication Barriers

We often hear the phrase “Seek first to understand and then to be understood” or are told to actively listen. While these are important, often time it’s simply not tactical enough. Too often what we hear is skewed by the filters that we (and our audiences) apply. So how do we ensure what we say […]

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Cloud-Hosted Terminology: Types Of Systems

As we continue our series on maintaining regulatory-compliant cloud systems, let’s touch on a few key terms. Below are explanations of the primary cloud-hosted offerings available in the market. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) When you purchase a software system and opt to have a vendor host it for you instead of installing it on servers you own, […]

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Sales Tax 101 – 3 Basic Facts About Sales Tax Compliance

Editor’s Note: This guest blog post comes courtesy of Gail Cole with Avalara. How often do you think about sales tax? Although not the most scintillating topic, sales tax should be a priority for any company that sells taxable goods or services. For starters, there’s a lot more to sales tax than rates. In addition, many businesses don’t […]

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How We Deliver Salesforce Communities Without Giving Up Vacation

Delivering on a project like this is one that makes the whole team feel good. But how do you do this while still maintaining your sanity, let alone a life outside of work? Obstacle: Faced with a Super-Tight Deadline but it’s a Great Opportunity OpenTable heard about our community expertise and came to us in […]

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Spurring Growth Initiatives Through Tax Reform in Insurance

Recent months have seen many discussions and questions about tax reform and its impact on the industry as a whole. The introduction of lower corporate tax rates in the U.S. has created a jubilant atmosphere, as the rates are generally expected to boost earnings and investments for many insurers. Companies including Aflac, MetLife, Travelers, and […]

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Guidance On Whether The TransCelerate SIP Is Right For You

This is the fifth post in a series on the TransCelerate Shared Investigator Platform (SIP). For more background, including benefits and challenges, see the previous posts. For those of you who have not yet joined TransCelerate, or who have joined but have not yet adopted the SIP, here are some ideas to consider in your […]

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5 Ways to Transition from Purchasing to Procurement

Perficient’s supply chain team works daily with large companies to define P2P processes related to development and maintenance of large asset intensive infrastructures (e.g. Communications, O&G, Energy). Speed to production and continuous operation are critical in these industries and the value of the Procurement Organization is often overlooked. Procurement doesn’t have to be the necessary […]

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Refresher: Which IT Systems Are Regulated

If your company makes drugs, medical devices, or biologics (vaccines, blood and blood components, allergenics, somatic cells, gene therapy, tissues, and recombinant therapeutic proteins), it is regulated. If your company is regulated, then every IT system you use to design, develop, conduct trials, manufacture, package, label, store, distribute, install, or service your products is also […]

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