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COUNTDOWN: Microsoft Ignite & Merit Solutions Walk Off

Merit Walk Off Countdown

Merit Walk Off at Microsoft Ignite - Win a Trip to the Caribbean!

Microsoft Ignite Attendees: Do you know McCormick Place is the nation's largest convention center?

With a combined 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet all on one level, you can assume that you will be walking A LOT at Microsoft Ignite next week. 

That's why we're holding the Merit Walk Off at Ignite - a competition that measures how far you walk during Ignite and lets you compete against other attendees for a 5-night all-inclusive stay for 2 in the Caribbean! We're not asking you to walk MORE at Ignite, we're just asking you to track how far you are already walking.

The person who walks the most miles each day of the conference will be entered into a drawing for the Grand Prize, a five-night all-inclusive stay for two (2) in a Junior Suite at one of the following hotels (the winner gets to choose!):

  • Hotel RIU Palace Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
  • Hotel RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

Reward yourself for all the walking you'll do at Ignite by competing in the Merit Walk Off!

Simply download the Merit Solutions Mobile application from your device store. (Here are the links to the application in the iPhone, Android, Windows stores.) Once you download the app, you can enter the Walk Off two ways:

  • Prior to Monday, May 4th: Open the Navigation Pane and select App Settings. Enter your contact information, select Enter Walk Off Contest, and click Save.
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!

  • Beginning on Monday, May 4th: A tile will appear on the homepage of the application that will direct people to the contest landing page. Once registered, this is where you can view the real-time leaderboard!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!

The app will then track the distance you travel each day and will let you compete with other attendees. The person who walks the most each day will be placed in the Grand Prize drawing. The more days you win - the better your chances are at winning the trip!

One Microsoft Ignite attendee will win this trip - why can't it be you? Good luck and good walking!

(NOTE: The Merit Solutions Mobile application DOES NOT track or store any geographic location data of contestants.)

Stanley Steemer Turns to Enterprise Mobility to Streamline Processes, Increase Customer Value, and Fuel Growth

Merit Solutions, a global business process consultant, systems integrator, and mobile solutions provider, announced today that Stanley Steemer International, Inc. (Stanley Steemer®) has implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX and Mobile solutions for field services that will streamline processes, increase customer value, and fuel growth.

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Stanley Steemer, Tablets, and Candy - Must Be Convergence 2015!

Will you / your team be attending Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta?

Merit Solutions is sponsoring the event, exhibiting in Booth #1628. Here are some reasons you may want to stop by and see us:

If you’ll be at Convergence – we hope to see you there. Safe travels!

Free Webinar: Product Serialization and Tracing

In an ongoing effort to mitigate the risks patients are exposed to when using medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, the FDA has recently enacted two regulations for companies in these industries:

  • Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulations require most medical devices distributed in the United States to be documented and tracked.

  • The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requires pharmaceutical companies to include product transaction information in an electronic or paper record every time ownership of the product or material is transferred.

Join us for our next webinar in our Mastering Compliance and Innovation Life Sciences Executive Series:

Product Serialization and Tracing
Wednesday March 4, 2015
12:00pm Eastern (9:00am Pacific)

Register now for the Product Serialization and Tracing Webinar

Underestimating the scope and scale of these regulations could put your company at risk. In this session, we will discuss real-world applications of UDI and DSCSA using Microsoft Dynamics AX – while diving into the fits, gaps, and solutions for complying with regulations and mitigating the risk associated with non-compliance.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Mobile

Whether you are ready to embrace it or not – we live in a mobile society. But are you ready to take Microsoft Dynamics AX Mobile?

It is important that executives today do not underestimate the value of giving all employees, partners, and customers anytime-anywhere connectivity to your business.

According to an Aberdeen Group report, Mobility and BPM Responsiveness, the top drivers for mobility initiatives include:

  1. Operational efficiency needs to improve.
  2. Employee-facing mobile apps provide competitive differentiation.
  3. Want to accelerate time-to-decision making.
  4. Workforce productivity needs to increase.
  5. Increasingly mobile workforce.
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Green Validation Webinar: Automating the Validation Process

Managing validation document lifecycles and deliverables can be error-prone and time-consuming. Which leads to the question: "Can paperless validation be a reality?"

Join us for our Green Validation Webinar on Tuesday, February 24th, at 12:00pm Eastern (9:00am Pacific) as Valarie King-Bailey, CEO of OnShore Technology Group, discusses effectively managing validation processes and documentation in a consistent and green manner.

This session will cover the following topics regarding ERP validation:

  • Initiating the validation activities early in an ERP project.
  • Eliminating paper documentation and slow approval processes.
  • Reducing time to completion by 50%.

Learn how to ensure compliance, streamline validation, and reduce costs by registering now for this webinar!

And then take a look at the other upcoming sessions we have in our Mastering Compliance and Innovation Life Sciences Webinar Series

The Value of Hybrid Cloud Solutions

There is a reason that cloud computing is the hottest topic in ERP solutions. With the cloud, valuable data becomes available to employees throughout the organization whenever and wherever they are, thereby boosting productivity. With more and more of IT dollars being put toward devices other than PC workstations (think mobile), the computing structure of the organization must be available 24/7/365. The cloud also promises to scale quickly as an organization grows, including the ability to connect distributed employees into a cohesive team.

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What Keeps You Up at Night? 2014 in Review for Medical Device Companies

Quality compliance is never a static concern. With changes in programs and new guidance documents it may feel like trying to hit a moving target. During online discussions, many device manufacturers indicated that their areas of biggest concern were inspections, followed by product recalls, warning letters, UDI implementation and CAPA. Clearly, no one is alone in their concerns.

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510(k) Clearance Without the Snags

In the US, there are two regulatory processes used to obtain marketing clearance for a device. 510(k) is a type of premarket submission where there is a substantially equivalent predicate device. Without this comparison, the submission would require a PMA (Premarket Approval). This process applies to most class II devices. The submission must demonstrate the same safety and effectiveness characteristics of the predicate device. A successful submission results in the permission to distribute and sell. A PMA requires evidence from controlled trials to prove the safety and effectiveness of the device.

The submission process is challenging and it changes periodically so it is important to keep current. In December, the FDA issued draft guidance on how it tracks clearances that change ownership. This can happen when a product or company is divested to another. The FDA receives notification of this change but difficulties can sometimes arise when trying to trace the history. The electronic registry developed in 2012 facilitates this tracking. Regardless of the past ownership, there remain key issues to focus on when preparing the submission.

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