Monthly Archives: July 2010

Technology vs. Service

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Lately, This iPhone issue with the antenna has me thinking more about technology and its impact on customer service. I have been evaluating my shopping and dining experiences where new technology has been introduced to enhance the transaction customers experience. Most times the technology is a blessing and I welcome it if it speeds up and adds to my impression of the brand. Unfortunately, not all technology upgrades represent the best interest of the customer or the desired loyalty building final transition experience. Here are three examples within the last year where the portable hand held credit card swipes that derailed expectations and shopping experience.            

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Do standard operating procedures (SOPs) affect planning?

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This week I met with the health and safety officer of a major pharmaceutical company and we discussed the items that keep him up at night.  The conversation had the typical issues regarding clean and dirty space in the lab, chemical storage and proper chemical usage, egress, ventilation requirements, but the one that caught me off guard was the use of lab personal protective equipment (PPE) and our short conversation regarding the LAB COAT.  

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CoreNet Global New Orleans 2010: Cultural Agility (Updated)

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What makes one business unit mobile work ready, while another remains in fixed work traditions – within the same organization?  This Pecha Kucha style, six minute and forty second presentation begins with the definition of cultural agility.  Within the story is a lesson for all who are driving their organization to capitalize on today’s mobile workforces.

Laboratory Life Safety Systems

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One solution to getting the opporator further away from the potent compound, providing a safer work environment, is to use isolator technology.  These are leak tight, negative pressure barrier isolator that allows for the handling of hazardous pharmaceutical compounds. This containment chamber creates a unidirectional HEPA-filtered airflow of better than ISO Class 5 (Class 100) air cleanliness conditions within the negative pressure chamber to prevent migration of hazardous contaminants to the outside and to minimize cross contamination across the direct compounding area.

This technology holds the promise of freeing the building envelope and its occupants from the many protocols that are found in a regulated manufacturing environment.  Fundamentally changing design, energy consumption and gowning protocols in a cGMP spaces.

NIH Shares Secrets of the NIH Research Application

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The NIH last week has released a YouTube video on how the NIH reviews the over 80,000 grant application each year. “The video provides an inside look at the dynamic way reviewers evaluate NIH grant applications,” said CSR Director Dr. Toni Scarpa. “You’ll see the rigor and integrity of their efforts, which have enabled NIH to identify ground-breaking research year after year.”

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