It is very easy to focus on the glittering façade while giving scant attention to whether the foundation is sound and the framing is true. The same happens when we look at manufacturing decision support tools such as analytics and graphics-based notifications and reporting. It is too easy to assume that the data has been properly collected and handled so that we can make the analysis we need.
Quality Information Systems
Process and quality management departments need to develop strong ROI arguments to successfully compete for corporate funds. While these groups work in some of the most data intensive areas of the enterprise, they frequently make the weakest cases for the value of their activities and the gains that will be realized from further investment in their capabilities.
The data gathered from food safety operational audits and inspections frequently goes no further than the summary report. The process information contained in this data can and should be used in continuous improvement programs.
Food processors are facing a perfect storm of regulatory and commercial requirements such as ISO22000, the Global Food Safety Initiative and the Food Safety Modernization Act. These all demand a competent Food Safety Management System (FSMS) which incorporates HACCP principles. To be compliant, the FSMS needs to have the combined capabilities of a track/trace system, compliance management and a Quality Information System such as NWA QIS.