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The Journey to a Proper Diagnosis with Product Lifecycle Management

July 21, 2016 at 3:32 PM
Author: Kala Daley


When you fall ill, all you want is to feel better fast. You want to be able to see your doctor quickly and get precise answers, hoping for a specific treatment that will bring life back to your body. In 2009, I fell extremely ill and was presented with symptoms consistent with Lyme’s Disease, Mononucleosis or Lupus. Tests were ordered, yet they came back negative. Blood work was drawn that showed high inflammatory markers and I was told, “We don’t know what you’re sick with, but we’ve got to get you well.” I thought to myself, this cannot be the best way of doing things. Were these tests accurate? Could additional tests be administered in search of an accurate diagnosis? Antibiotics are not a one size fits all cure. If we treated healthcare scenarios like we do other industries and established a true product lifecycle management process, physicians might be able to avoid the risk of losing the trust of their patients and make strides towards ensuring a proper diagnosis the first time.

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Topics: Master Data Management (MDM), Healthcare, Product Lifecycle Management

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To Tell the Truth: Using Enterprise-wide Identification to Eliminate Imposters

July 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Author: Liz Whalen

In a time when the proper identification of people is at the top of every organization’s mission critical list, irony can be found in the re-emergence of classic network television show, “To Tell the Truth”, where rooting out the truth among liars is a source of entertainment. The object of the game is for a person of some notoriety and two impostors to outwit a panel of four celebrities regarding their true identity, so knowing a liar when you see one is imperative to win.

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Topics: MDM, Customer MDM

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Are you making decisions based on data or information?

July 6, 2016 at 4:25 PM

The annual company report. The weekly project management meeting. The current sales forecast.

Important decisions are made every day based on the content of such reports and documents. But where does the information that supports this content come from? How is it defined? Who says it’s appropriate to use and for what purpose?

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Topics: Data Management, Big Data, Data Governance, Governance, Information Governance, IoT, Analytics

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3 Game Changing Automotive Trends and One Solution that Can Help Them All

July 1, 2016 at 4:41 PM
Author: Brian Shroyer

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I love cars. There is something about the power and the limitless freedom that cars offer. I also love technology. Technology is powerful and also has the limitless ability to change our lives forever. Since childhood, my grandfather has been telling me that one-day cars would drive themselves. Back in the late 1980’s “Grandpa Jack”, a WWII Veteran & engineer, would tell me story after story on how future automobiles would be self-driving, using sensors or lanes with data painted on the roads with computers guiding them. If we look at the technology today and what is on the horizon in the near future, I would say that Grandpa Jack wasn’t too far off.

Technology is infusing itself into the automotive field today and is disrupting and transforming how modern society will use automobiles forever. 

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Topics: Master Data Management (MDM), Automotive

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Medical Device identification: Managing data to meet UDI standards and opportunities

June 22, 2016 at 7:09 PM
Author: Fiona Ashdown

Unique Device Identifier (UDI) standards will begin rolling out across the EU throughout 2016, and the recent European UDIs & Traceability for Medical Devices Forum in Munich took a detailed look at the impact this new legislation is likely to have on the healthcare industry.

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Topics: Master Data Management (MDM), UDI, GS1, Medical device compliance

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Increasing Consumer Transparency With SmartLabel™

June 15, 2016 at 8:29 PM
Author: Duane Peck

If you’re a retailer or CPG manufacturer, you’re likely to be familiar with SmartLabeltm, an innovative transparency initiative created by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and its members to provide consumers with detailed information about the food, beverage, personal care, household and pet care products they use and consume.

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Topics: Master Data Management (MDM), CPG, SmartLabel

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How Data and IoT are Changing Sports

June 9, 2016 at 6:39 PM
Author: Justine Rodian

It’s no secret that 2016 is the year of Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics and related technologies including smart devices. And it’s nothing new that this is impacting our lives in ways we didn’t think possible just a few years ago. This summer it will be interesting to see these technologies unfold when some of the world’s biggest sporting events take place.

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Topics: Information Management, Data Analytics, IoT, Connect2016

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8 Tips For Getting Your Prices Right - Pricing Automation In The Aftermarket

June 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM
Author: Karl Meier

The past several years have brought many businesses through cost reduction programs. In the aftermarket1 - as well as in several other industries - that means that price is a factor that is more important than ever.

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Topics: Master Data Management (MDM), Information Management, Pricing Automation, Aftermarket, Spare Parts Management

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