AI for problem soving processes

Implementing Artificial Intelligence for Problem Solving Processes

Problem solving is a universal process faced by all organizations when dealing with issues, complaints, incidents, deviations or non-conformances.

BPA’s development lab is currently exploring AI for predictive analysis applied to problem solving processes.

AI for problem soving processes

The developed machine learning algorithm compares similarities between new entered incidents and historical data, and suggests root causes, corrective actions for a quick and efficient solving.

The used algorithm was trained on the entire Wikipedia database for optimal similarity searching, not only looking for exact matches but also analogous matches that have the same meaning by using comparable terms, expressions and synonyms. For instance, when reporting a new incident “customer service was not good”, the algorithm will propose 3 root causes: lack of communication skills, lack of domain knowledge, lack of responsible behavior. In this case, the algorithm found a similarity with a previous incident “customer service delivered poor response”.

Behind the scenes, the process will compare new incidents with previous ones and calculate a correlation factor for each item. Suggested actions and root causes corresponding to the highest correlation factor will be proposed to the investigator.

The data model is updated each time new data is entered in the BPA software, improving the algorithm’s efficiency.

BPA’s AI features will radically help organizations solving problems faster and more efficiently, reducing costs and improving customers’ satisfaction.

BPA will progressively introduce AI to suggest risks and actions related to any quality improvement process, like audits, inspections, objectives, indicators, swot analysis, etc.

Conversational intelligence – read article and view video here – and AI features will soon be available with BPA Quality & Risk Management on Office 365.

BPA is proud to be on the front line implementing AI for regulatory compliance.

Applying AI to Regulatory Compliance – Introduction Video

Artificial Intelligence – AI – is a hot topic at the moment. Microsoft has developed technologies for predictive analysis, usually suited for large volume of data. Industry sectors like hospitals start using these technologies for predictive patient treatments. Another aspect of AI is conversational intelligence, also called bots. A bot is a virtual companion that will guide end users achieving their tasks.

BPA’s development lab is working on creating bots to simplify user experience with our regulatory solutions for Quality, Risk and GDPR. A first experimental bot was developed to guide end-users to submit an incident. Using a mobile device, the end-user is prompted to report an incident. The virtual companion asks for important information to be logged in the system, prompts for immediate actions to be done and optionally proposes to append photos to the incident.

Once the incident has been reported, a workflow starts and tasks will be distributed to the concerned users for qualifying and investigating the incident. At the investigation stage, AI is used for optimal root cause selection, based on 5 why and Ishikawa methodologies. AI will further be used for optimal CAPA/Risk management by retrieving relevant historical data in the system and guide concerned persons to solve incidents quicker and more efficiently.

The experimental bot for incident reporting was developed on Microsoft Teams and runs with any mobile device. It will be soon available for our Office 365 customers. BPA is very proud to be on the front line applying AI to regulatory compliance.

BPA Quality for Office 365 – Overview Video

BPA Quality is an all-in-one and interrelated Quality and Risk solution, built on Microsoft Office 365.

BPA is built to address the most common compliance standards including ISO9001: 2015, CFR 21 part 11 and others, regardless of industry and company size.

BPA helps you to engage with all collaborators, in order to make your QMS participative and to facilitate continuous improvement.

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BPA Quality for Office 365 – A Game Changer For Quality Managers

It’s almost released. BPA Quality for Office 365 represents a game changer for Quality Managers. It’s a plug and play QMS software fully integrated with your Office 365 system.

The time of spreadsheets, databases and expensive QMS solutions is over. Quality Managers, we will change your life.

The 4th generation of BPA Quality integrates with the best Office 365 collaborative technologies. Embedded technologies in BPA Quality allow instant discussions, team collaboration, workflow automation, mobility, advanced reporting and many more.

QMS Office

The time for digital quality has arrived. The latest Microsoft technologies will help making your QMS participative, distributing tasks to the concerned persons and taking faster decisions.
Decentralizing the QMS, Quality Managers will have more time to spend on interesting activities to renew certificates and improve processes.

BPA’s digital quality software will prevent administration work to manage heavy paper systems and drastically save costs.

Typical QMS software are complex, expensive and not flexible. The time has come for a user-friendly and cost effective solution adapted for any industry sector and company size.

BPA Quality for Office 365 is soon available to be installed from the Microsoft store.

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Introducing BPA Quality 2017

Introducing BPA Quality 2017

BPA Quality 2017 is the next generation of software for quality, risk, compliance management and internal control built on the #1 Microsoft SharePoint technology.
Don’t spend time retyping data in heterogeneous Excel files and systems. With BPA you can replace Excel/Office files & databases with one single integrated solution, drastically saving administration cost.

BPA is a unique solution supporting all needed collaborative technologies for improving your processes, like task, email, calendar, picture and document management. As a result, you get the full picture for any quality record.

For example, you can add an Outlook email as a non-conformance including attachments. Pictures can be added to describe the problem. Emails and documents will be managed and traced in the system. Tasks and meetings will be tracked in the tool and synchronized with Outlook.
Introducing BPA Quality 2017

Let your BPA QMS distribute tasks automatically and plan the work for each concerned end user.
Automatic tasks with email notifications are sent to the concerned persons to qualify, investigate, define an action plan and verify effectiveness of related actions. This will drastically save time and cost.

BPA Quality 2017 includes prebuilt Nintex workflows for non-conformance and compliance document approval processes. In 2014, Forrester Research conducted a study “The Total Economic Impact™ of the Nintex Workflow Platform” and interviewed many organizations. Benefits of automating processes with SharePoint were clearly demonstrated. 3-year results are the following:

  • ROI : 176%
  • Payback: 10,5 month
  • Productivity increase per user: 8-15%

BPA Quality 2017 will save you time and money while improving efficiency for every compliance processes.

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Typical problem solving process

Moving Beyond Excel Spreadsheets – What are The Real Benefits of a Digital Collaborative QMS?

In this article we will highlight benefits of digital collaborative QMS for a typical problem solving process.

How does a typical problem solving process look like for most organizations?

Considering the 8D methodology we have following steps for a typical problem solving process:

Typical problem solving process

What are typical risks for this process?

An Excel spreadsheet is certainly not a good way to register problems because one person at the time can modify the file. A form solution allows internal or external stakeholders to register a problem. This avoids the quality manager to register problems for everyone in the organization and make the system participative.

How can you link emails, documents, corrective actions, risks and activities with the problem? Spreadsheets and typical database systems are not adequate to handle related data and documents with a problem. Typical spreadsheets and database systems are disconnected and you will miss the overall picture. The ideal system should display a 360 degree view of a problem with all related information coming from different sources, like emails, tasks, calendar, documents or others.

How to make sure the right persons are alerted during the problem solving process? With a traditional paper or database system, each end user has to manually alert the right persons throughout the process. Obviously it is a risky process, it’s also time consuming and usually not efficient. With a digital collaborative system, workflows and automatic alerts will make sure the right people are alerted. Workflows enforce that corrective actions are efficient prior closing any QMS process. Also, workflows will shorten any process’ lifecycle.

What about reporting? With a paper system, reporting is a time-consuming manual work. With a digital system, you can view instant reports or export any data into a spreadsheet for advanced reporting. No manual work is needed anymore.

What are the benefits of a digital collaborative QMS?

Benefits are numerous:

  • Reducing overall cost, like IT cost by replacing multiple heterogeneous systems by one integrated solution, reducing administration and labor cost by replacing a paper-based system with a digital solution, reducing cost of poor quality by having an integrated and collaborative PDCA system that will impact enterprise strategies and objectives.
  • Automating processes with automatic tasks and alerts. Workflows will drastically reduce lifecycle for each process and maximize productivity and efficiency.
  • Moving stakeholders back in the center of your QMS. Having a participative QMS system will help to spread the word about quality in your organization.
  • Meeting regulations will lower risks, legal fees and exposure for your company.

In this article we have discussed the numerous benefits of a digital collaborative QMS compared to typical paper or database systems. Benefits will be the same for any process, like the problem solving process in this example.

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BPA Quality ISO 9001:2015

The need to comply with customer’s demands and regulations is increasingly challenging for managers and executives. Complex risk(s) and quality management obligations must be observed (and or monitored) on a daily basis down to the affiliate levels. Noncompliance can hurt any organization’s bottom line, market position and corporate image.

The latest edition of the ISO 9001:2015 has just been published in September 2015 and takes care of these new challenges.

BPA developed an all-in-one quality + risk management solution to help organizations registering or renewing their ISO 9001 certificate and be compliant with the 2015 release.

More than 50 quality processes have been described with their purposes (or objectives), inputs, outputs, activities, indicators and needed compliance documents. The core process map gives an overview of the key processes.

 

Strategic Planning

 

BPA Quality ISO 9001:2015 gives answers to the new ISO requirements, like considering your stakeholder’s expectations and determining your quality strategies such as competitive intelligence.

Market

 

New quality tools have been integrated like SWOT analysis to better support your strategic decisions and business opportunities.

 

 

Risk management is now required by the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Risk management is the preventive way to avoid nonconformities. 60+ high level risks have been identified and are ready to be assessed periodically using our scorecard component.

 

Auditing is a powerful tool to check for any process compliance. 100+ audit questions grouped by ISO 9001:2015 clause and chapter will help you planning your internal audits. The audit question library contains another set of questions to help your organization qualifying and evaluating suppliers. Key suppliers are periodically evaluated using scorecards.

 

Prebuilt workflows will drastically reduce time to handle your quality processes. The 8D non-conformance/CAPA workflow makes sure you go through the main steps to build your team, describe the problem, investigate root causes, declare corrective/preventive actions and measure their effectiveness. The 8D CAPA report is generated on the fly and can be emailed to your stakeholders from the system.

 

Knowledge is one of the most important asset in your organization. ISO 9001:2015 requires to develop, maintain and retain knowledge in your company. BPA introduced a wiki system to sustain your knowledge management initiatives.

 

Contact us to learn how BPA Quality will help you registering or renewing your ISO 9001:2015 certificate and guide your organization to Excellence.

Risk Details

Fall 2015 Release Brings Fantastic New Features

Fantastic new features have been developed to match managers needs in the different lines of business like quality, compliance, risk, finance, sales, IT.

As you know SharePoint is not very good at managing recurring events. The way companies work is different than what is proposed with SharePoint. BPA has develop an inline calendar which allows companies to optimally manage recurring events (audits, inspections, tasks, maintenance…) with a user-friendly UI.
Risk Details

 

BPA’s “What’s new” component allows consolidating data from one or many sub sites for a specific period. This is great added value for returning end users or managers to catch important matters at a glance.
BPA Quality 2015

 

The document link component allows viewing parent or child documents related with each document. This is optimal for compliance document management.
Compliance Documents

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Regulatory 2015

Multi Site Quality Management System

BPA Quality is the ideal tool for a multi site quality management system solution. The app can be downloaded from the Microsoft store and instantly deployed to all facilities, plants, departments of your group of companies. Policies, procedures and good practices can be shared with all affiliates on a group-level site. Processes related to specific plants will be deployed on related sub sites (e.g. plant specific audits, compliance documents, risks…). Consolidated data allows your group of companies to continuously improve performance of your affiliates.

This use case scenario applies for the following scenarios:

  • A group of companies ensures compliance for each affiliate
  • A company shares processes with external stakeholders (suppliers, clients…)
  • A consulting/regulatory office ensures compliance for their clients

In this example a group of companies want to share regulatory content – e.g. identified risks, requirements, SOPs, compliance documents – with their affiliates/subsidiaries/clients.

In the root site, the group of companies can view consolidated risk information – or any other consolidated data – for all affiliates, grouped by territory.


BPA Regulatory 2015

 

High risks – based on impact and probability values – are highlighted in the risk section. Main risks can be shared with affiliates.


BPA Quality & Risk

 

Each affiliate has a private and secure quality site (instance) where risks will be controlled and mitigated.


Risk Details - Controls

 

Company-wide regulatory content is shared with affiliates through replication rules.


BPA Replication

 

Group compliance documents are centrally managed and accessible by any affiliate.


Compliance Documents - document links

 

Each affiliate has a dedicated subsite to periodically assess risks, set controls, manage corrective actions and store documents. Important data will be consolidated on the group-level site.


Risk

Conclusion

BPA Quality is the ideal tool for groups of companies – company holdings, regulatory offices, professional associations – to improve performance of their affiliates, subsidiaries, stakeholders.

Benefits for the group of companies: ensuring compliance for each affiliate, simplify regulatory and compliance for the whole group.

Benefits for affiliates: a dedicated compliance platform is not necessary, regulatory content is managed by professionals, attractive pricing, simplified audit process and improved compliance.

Benefits for consulting offices: differentiation of the offered services, recurring source of revenues, possibility to offer new associated services with the platform (e.g. compliance audits which will be much easier with the tool), modern image, etc.