BPAQuality365 extends Dynamics 365 with a robust Quality Management – QMS software. Business Central is an ERP software with modules for finance, cash management, sales, and purchasing management.
It’s easy for users to retrieve seamless data from Dynamics 365 while filling in a form in the BPA QMS software. For instance, when registering a non-conformance, supplier data in D365 can be searched and related fields, like vendor number and city, (or others) will be automatically saved in the form. Any other data can be retrieved easily, like articles, customers, or invoices.
External data is saved in BPA and can be searched and filtered in the software, and displayed in grouped views. Furthermore it can be used in BPA reporting tools, like charts to report the number of incidents by vendor, or in Power BI reports.
The form designer lets power users add external data easily, in any form, with no coding needed.
BPAQuality365 brings Dynamics users a robust QMS software seamlessly integrated with their ERP system, sharing the same user directory, and avoiding redundant data.
BPA’s Equipment Power Apps is a generic app for users to simplify equipment verification with a barcode scanner on any device, anywhere even while offline.
Prebuilt Equipment Power Apps to work jointly with the BPA QMS software on Microsoft 365.
Equipment can be added easily or mass imported in the BPA software with their needed properties, like the equipment photo and a verification procedure. A barcode is automatically generated for each equipment.
The barcode reader integrated in the Equipment Power Apps provides a quick and easy way to search for an equipment with no need of an extra scanning device. Once the equipment barcode is scanned, the equipment page opens in the app with equipment details, photo and verification document. The verification procedure can be viewed in the app (or downloaded on your device for offline use).
From the equipment page, it’s possible to view the recent verification history. Users can make equipment available for an offline verification (if no internet connection). It’s possible to start a planned or unplanned verification. Planned verifications are created in the BPA software, with automated workflows.
During the equipment verification, users can simply log the compliance value, take some notes (or use speech to text) and take pictures or the completed verification checklist, or any failure observed. As a verification responsible person, your pending equipment verifications are summarized in one page, by date, like overdue, this week and later.
The search form let you find equipment by name, location or category.
The backend QMS software is automatically updated with verification compliance, notes and photos.
Equipment verification has never been so easy and fun. Use your own device with no need of extra scanner or hardware. Save cost and make sure equipment deliver the right quality.
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The new Equipment & Asset Power Apps is announced to be released soon with the objective to simplify equipment or asset management, equipment identification, verification, maintenance and calibration. The Power Apps is intended to be used for any equipment type, like production and measurement equipment or digital assets.
The frontend Equipment Power Apps works jointly with BPA back-office software solutions (QMS and Medical). It’s compliant with any device, like phones or tablets, and can be used offline for equipment verifications. The app was designed to be generic and match typical organizations needs.
Equipment can be added easily or mass imported in the BPA software with their needed properties, like a verification procedure or checklist. A barcode is automatically generated for each equipment.
Equipment list in the BPA software, with related barcodes and photos.
The barcode reader integrated in the Equipment Power Apps provides a quick and easy way to search for an equipment. The barcode reader can be used with your device, with no need of an extra scanning device.
Barcode scanner in the Equipment Power Apps.
Once the equipment barcode is scanned, the equipment page opens in the app with equipment details, photo and verification document. The verification procedure can be viewed in the app (or downloaded in a separate app).
Equipment details in the Equipment Power Apps, including photo, and verification procedure.
From the equipment page, it’s possible to start the verification process (planned or unplanned), and view the recent verification history.
Equipment verification form in the Equipment Power Apps, including photos of completed verification checklist and cable.
Planned or unplanned verifications can be done with the app. A photo of the verification checklist or any photo can be added as proof of evidence.
Pending verifications (for the connected user) can be viewed in a separate page. It’s also possible to search for equipment in a specific location or from a selected category.
In the BPA software, planned verifications are automatically created based on verification frequency (with prebuilt Power Automate workflows). Reminder notifications are sent to equipment responsible persons about next-coming and overdue verifications.
All equipment and verification data, photos and notes are automatically stored in the BPA software.
The app welcome page and app background colors can be changed in the app settings.
The Equipment Power Apps is and extension of the BPA software (priced separately).
The new Dynamics 365 (Business Central) connector will be released shortly with the objective to provide seamless D365 connectivity when working in BPA software solutions.
Dynamics 365 Business Central is an ERP software with modules for finance, cash management, sales, and purchasing management.
Dynamics 365 gains popularity and it becomes strategic for BPA to bring powerful QMS capabilities to the Microsoft Business Central community. The new D365 connector makes it easy to extend Dynamics 365 with robust quality management features, like compliance document, audit and nonconformity management.
When registering a supplier nonconformity in the QMS software, it’s needed to retrieve seamless data about the supplier (vendor) and the purchased article (item) from D365. A choice column allows to search for a vendor or article by typing. Related information like the vendor city, or number will be retrieved in read-only fields.
Nonconformity registration form with vendor and article data from Dynamics 365.
The collected data from D365 are registered in the QMS, available for search, reporting or view grouping.
Supplier nonconformities grouped by D365 vendor in the QMS software.
Once a secure connection to Dynamics 365 has been established in the BPA software settings, new tools are available in BPA Form to map D365 fields with BPA columns. It’s quick and easy for power users to add D365 data in any form.
Form designer in the BPA software, with external data options and field mapping.
The new Dynamics 365 connector makes it easy to seamlessly connect with D365 data when working with BPA apps and avoid redundant data in different systems. Typical use cases are nonconformities linked with customers, vendors, and supplied or delivered products, audits linked with suppliers, and sales opportunities linked with customers.
The connector is soon available as a premium option (priced separately).
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Gen Z and Millennials are the next generation of workers who have grown up with new technologies, mobile devices, and social networks.
Technologies and software solutions need to adapt to this new generation of workers. Usual software solutions need to be reengineered into user-friendly apps, compliant with any device, and including similar capabilities, like social network applications.
BPA software solutions have been designed to include these technologies, because they are built on the latest Microsoft 365 technologies, like Teams, Power Platform, and leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and productive discussion flows.
Because end users “consume” applications differently depending on their needs, location and device, we are convinced one single central application cannot make it for everyone. For this reason we have developed a central backend software solution and multiple frontend apps for different needs and situations.
We have built Power Apps for workers on the field and productions lines, to simply register incidents by taking photos with their mobile device, even while offline. Auditors have a generic Power Apps to simplify inspection work, answer interactive checklists with a tablet, record voice and take photos. The new equipment Power Apps makes it easy to scan a barcode to select an equipment, log verification date and photos. All these apps run on any device, with no need to purchase additional hardware.
Gen Z and Millennials are used to discuss on social networks. We strongly believe in productive chatting to become the future of work. With Microsoft Teams, we provide different apps to interact with the backend software by chatting. We are working on new features allowing end users to ask a chatbot to know about their pending items (e.g. my pending actions), or to register a new incident and get the incident form opened right in the chatbot.
Artificial Intelligence is mostly used to augment human intelligence when working with data, to find correlations and similar information. We are working on cognitive search capabilities to find documents by asking a chatbot or from a Teams discussion. We introduced the “find similar” option for users to find similar documents based on machine learning. This options will soon be available to find similar nonconformities, helping users to solve incidents based on previous events. Stay tuned, these new options will be available soon!
Gen Z is coming and BPA apps are ready for the future of work.
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At BPA Solutions, we strongly believe that the modern workplace is moving towards instant discussions with Microsoft Teams or other platforms. We have developed innovative tools (Teams Productivity, Teams Forms, Cognitive Search) to bring the business context back while chatting in Microsoft Teams, like searching and sharing data and documents from your eQMS and CRM in a discussion flow. Coming options allow users to start from preconfigured forms to register incidents, sales opportunities or any other event without leaving the chat box.
Ask the eQMS while discussing in Teams and share content with colleagues using BPA Teams Productivity.
BPA Cognitive Search is a new service to be used with BPA apps, leveraging Microsoft AI technologies and providing end users with a simple way to find the right documents by asking common questions to a chatbot. The AI chatbot works in any Teams channel or while chatting with colleagues. The tool returns best matching documents while writing keywords in the chat box. Documents display based on users permissions and the service prevents users from viewing unauthorized documents.
2 options exist to use the AI cognitive search service. The first option is by directly asking the chatbot in Teams. Users can simply ask common questions in the discussion box and get best matching documents instantly. Documents display in cards, ready to be opened. The “Find Similar” buttons allows to find comparable documents in a mouse click.
Find the right documents by asking common questions to a chatbot in Teams and refine search to find similar documents.
The second option allows users to search for documents while discussing with colleagues or in specific Teams channels. This option is very useful when willing to share documents with colleagues and team members. Best matching documents display with a brief content summary. When selecting a document, a card shows up in the discussion flow, ready to be shared with your colleagues. Team members can open the document or find similar ones.
Share documents with colleagues while chatting in Teams.
The BPA Cognitive Search service is now available for clients. Several Azure services are required and can be hosted by BPA or the client.
With BPA software and Audit Power Apps, we drastically simplify audit management in 3 simple steps:
Optimally plan the audit in Teams
Execute the audit easily with Power Apps
Merge the audit report with Power Automate
With Microsoft Teams, organizations get a powerful tool for teamworking. Dedicated Teams can be created for audit purposes and selected members can be invited. The audit planning is drastically simplified thanks to Teams calendar features. When scheduling an audit, Teams proposes the best options when auditors and auditees are available to meet.
Plan audits easily in Microsoft Teams, and let Teams propose the best time for your audits.
The audit is automatically created in the BPA software for auditors to select questions from a central library, complete preparation work, and share audit material.
Select audit questions easily by clause/chapter, e.g. ISO 9001 clause/chapter with the new released item selector in the BPA software.
The audit Power Apps developed by BPA is a prebuilt mobile app to simplify auditor’s experience while auditing. The app works on any device, like a tablet, even when no Internet connection is available. Auditors touch the screen to set compliance for each question, and optionally record voice and take photos. Evidences are automatically synced back in the BPA software.
Auditors run audits easily with any device, even while offline, with BPA’s generic Audit Power Apps.
After the audit execution, findings and actions can be added and managed in the BPA software. Automated workflows make sure the right persons are alerted, findings are investigated and actions are effective. A formatted audit report is automatically merged based on client’s template, including audit data and evidences, ready to be shared with the concerned persons.
An automated workflow merges a formatted audit report, based on client templates, including approval and PDF conversion.
We recently released new dashboard capabilities for easy graphical reporting with no need of Power BI licenses. Important audit metrics, like the number of findings, actions, and audit performance radars can be consolidated in a graphical dashboard.
New released audit dashboard in the BPA software (with no need of Power BI licenses).
If you want to test BPAQuality365, BPAMedical365 and the Audit Power Apps, simply ask us for a trial request below.
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Is an Intranet portal still bringing the added value needed for organizations in the digital age ?
At BPA, we think intranet solutions miss the business context to bring real benefits and we suggest organizations to move to process-driven collaborative solutions.
Nowadays, intranet portals used to share documents, links, news and contacts are clearly not enough. The main reason is because intranet solutions are usually disconnected from business activities.
With a digital QMS solution, clients combine modern intranet technologies to solve business challenges, improve process efficiency, and develop the quality of the delivered products and services.
eQMS home page – turn your intranet into a process-driven collaborative portal used by everyone.
The good news is most organizations have a Quality Management System in place, with written procedures. Consequently, the effort to upgrade your Intranet to a digital QMS is limited.
BPA’s client proposal is to implement a simple eQMS solution, combining modern Microsoft 365 technologies with existing client good practices to obtain the ultimate collaborative solution for continuous improvement.
We have an agile project implementation methodology to leverage tools used by clients and import existing QMS content, processes, and documents rapidly in their original format. This brings outstanding results in a few weeks, with a transfer knowledge to client power users, and limited effort by BPA.
Intranet is dead, long life to digital QMS! Tell us about your challenges and we’ll turn your intranet into a digital QMS used by everyone.
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Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have no time for complex eQMS projects and no resources for costly quality management software.
Good news! Even small companies can now benefit from modern software solutions to implement Quality 4.0 scenarios with no pain, quickly and cost-effectively.
With BPA software and apps on Microsoft 365, SMBs leverage innovative technologies already used by collaborators with no need to implement third party eQMS software. M365 is the right foundation for your eQMS, because it’s trusted, engaging, innovative, secure, and affordable.
Leverage existing Microsoft technologies used by your organization to reach your Quality 4.0 objectives.
In the journey towards implementing Quality 4.0 initiatives, we recommend to start simple by prioritizing your pain points (e.g. compliance document management, non-conformance handling, audit management…) and implement quick and effective solutions in 3 to 5 days of external guidance over a period of 3-4 months. During weekly online sessions with the client, we configure the QMS forms and pages to meet unique requirements and transfer knowledge to power users. We import prebuilt automated workflows (e.g. document approval, 8D problem solving…) selected by the client and go live quickly module by module. This brings excellent results with limited effort.
Generic Power Automate workflows are ready to be imported in the client tenant for a quick go live.
Existing client data can be migrated easily from spreadsheets or other systems, and documents can be published in their existing formats. Graphical process maps and organization charts can be embedded in the QMS, making all collaborators aware of how your company works.
You can expect great results in a very short time. Your QMS becomes a central place for everyone to collaborate on any device. With automated workflows, the right persons get alerted on Teams and processes are much more efficient.
The Audit Power Apps drastically simplifies audits, even while offline.
Whatever your maturity in the digital journey, we can start with simple scenarios and progressively introduce advanced solutions with Power Apps, Power BI, artificial intelligence and instant discussions.
Quality 4.0 is not just for large enterprises, and any company can benefit from digital transformation. It’s simple, cost-effective and it brings quick results.
A great sales organization needs a CRM software to track daily tasks related to sales opportunities and drive sales. When a deal is signed, quality management is key to deliver the right products and services to your customers.
In the context of quality management, it’s crucial to have daily follow-up activities with important stakeholders and internal staff to make sure clients are satisfied, to drive continuous improvement, and to reduce costs.
The BPA QMS software is interfaced with Microsoft Planner for robust task management.
We have interfaced our QMS software with Microsoft Planner for robust task management. Tasks can be added easily from the software or a Teams discussion. While chatting in Teams, collaborators can ask the QMS and share interactive cards with their colleagues.
Above all, a great task management tool must provide a robust reminder system to guarantee tasks are done timely. This is the great benefit of Planner. Each collaborator get reminded about their tasks and receive one single periodical notification with all pending tasks grouped by due date.
The integration of your QMS with Planner brings a robust task management system and ensure tasks are done timely to reach your quality objectives.