ASQ Live Demo 2021

Shift to Instant Quality with BPA & Microsoft Teams – ASQ Live Demo 2021

Shift to instant quality with BPA software and Microsoft Teams – ASQ Live Product Demo, May 2021

This live BPA product showcase was presented during the ASQ virtual conference for quality and improvement, on May 27, 2021.

BPA develop innovative software solutions for quality and compliance to run in your secure Office 365 environment, with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, leveraging the Microsoft Power Platform with Power Automate, Power BI and Power Apps.

During this live demo, you learn how to move to instant quality using our modern QMS software together with Microsoft Teams, in the context of nonconformity and CAPA management.

In this session, we demonstrate how easy anyone can report a nonconformity by taking photos with a mobile device, and instantly alert all members from your improvement team. We go through a typical 8D problem-solving process, using BPA QMS software directly inside Microsoft Teams, together with discussions and video conferencing. We explore Power BI reports to consolidate CAPA actions in a central dashboard and make your weekly improvement meetings productive.

Discover how you can significantly increase your improvement teams reactivity, reduce time to close incidents, and improve efficiency by using our QMS software with Teams, discussion flows and Office 365.

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Introducing Share To Teams in BPA Software Solutions

Breaking news – You can now start a discussion in Teams in a click of a button from any page in our QMS, Medical and CRM software.

Navigating away from your software to start a discussion in Teams and losing context is not a smooth experience. With the Share To Teams feature, you can launch a discussion from any item or document without leaving the BPA software and context, boosting productivity and enabling instant decisions.

Share To Teams

Share To Teams is a quick and easy way to start a Teams discussion without leaving the software page context.

It’s simple as 1-2-3. Initially, you click a button to start a discussion. Secondly, you select a Teams or Channel you want to post the discussion. Finally, you add your discussion text. A link to the current page (the page you started the discussion) will be automatically appended to the conversation, and team members will be instantly alerted to view the page (e.g. an incident, document, or sales opportunity) and reply to the discussion.

This will drastically reduce time to solve problems, take faster decisions, and streamline processes.

This feature will be introduced to all modern Office 365 customers in June, at no additional cost.

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Switching from Individual to Team-Oriented Quality

Quality with BPA & Microsoft Teams

Team-oriented quality and instant collaboration with BPA Quality software on Microsoft Teams.

Compliance is not the matter of just a few individuals (usually a “Quality Team”) but the concern of everyone in an organization. As a result, a centralized quality department is not enough to deliver a quick and efficient process improvement outcome.

Historically, quality circles were successfully introduced by organizations for implementing job-related quality improvement processes. The question is how to do this in a digital world?

The answer is to replace traditional email-oriented workflows by flexible “problem-solving” teams.

Microsoft Teams brings tools to instantly create teams and select members with instant collaboration capabilities on any device.

Our latest generation of quality software runs on Microsoft Teams, bringing agile team-oriented quality improvement capabilities with increased reactivity through instant conversations.

Together with Microsoft, we investigate new areas to deliver modern productivity tools for frontline and back-office workers, on any device.

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Introducing BPA List Search App on Microsoft Teams

Search and share information from BPA directly within a chat conversation in Microsoft Teams.

Over the past months, we investigated different ways to achieve 2-ways communication between our SharePoint apps and Microsoft Teams. First, we explored a new way to solve problems with instant discussions. Secondly, we looked at adaptive cards to better interact with external stakeholders.

Today, we proudly introduce a new app to search and insert information from BPA directly within a chat conversation in Teams. The app prevents users to switch context away from the discussion, find the needed information in BPA and return back in Teams to continue the conversation.

The BPA List Search App works with desktop, web and mobile versions of Teams. In one click while discussing, allowed users can start the app and search for a specific record in a list. Matching records will be displayed by typing. When selecting a record, an easy-to-read card will be appended in the conversation, showing record information with a button to open contextual details in the BPA software (and BPA software will soon run on Microsoft Teams as well).

For example, you can use the app to retrieve a specific nonconformity while discussing with your compliance team. By opening the nonconformity in BPA, your team gets all details about the current incident. In a different context, while discussing with your sales team, you could search for a specific sales opportunity and share details.

The BPA List Search App brings useful business information to workers on the field or on the shop floor and back-office collaborators, anywhere, on any device, when they need it. The app covers the gap between structured business content (in BPA apps and SharePoint) and unstructured instant discussions in Teams.

As a result, people take faster decisions and organizations, processes become more efficient.

At BPA, we truly believe instant collaboration is becoming the next move in digital transformation.

Contact us if you’re interested to view a product demo or use it for your organization.

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Introducing BPA Power Extensions on Office 365

BPA Power Extensions are powerful add-ins to extend capabilities of your existing BPA software on Office 365.

BPA Apps run on SharePoint with Office 365 and natively interface with technologies like Microsoft Teams for instant collaboration, Power Apps for mobile solutions, and Power Automate for process automation. With BPA Power Extensions, organizations will discover the almost unlimited capabilities of Office 365 by using our business applications. We have grouped extensions in 3 groups, by technology:

Instant Collaboration with Teams Apps

Microsoft Teams is used by millions of users for instant collaboration. Teams can be used as “interface” to BPA Apps for accessing or adding data. A new App had been released for searching and sharing business information in BPA Apps while discussing in Teams, without leaving the chat box (view video here: BPA List Search with Teams)

Workflow Templates on Power Automate (Flow)

Microsoft Power Automate, formerly named Flow, is becoming the most powerful process automation tool on the market, bringing a lot of cross-technology automation capabilities and connectors. We have developed prebuilt workflow templates to be plugged in your BPA Apps, like compliance document, nonconformity or audit workflow sets. Process automation brings information to the concerned users on the tools they are working with, productivity is improved and cost is reduced.

Mobile Solutions on Power Apps.

We are working on mobile solutions with Power Apps to give the best user experience and ergonomics for processes like inspection, audit or incident reporting. These mobile apps run on mobile phones and tablets, and can be used by workers on the field or production lines to register incidents or controlling items by taking photos, videos or recording voice.

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Improving Cross-Company Collaboration with BPA, Teams & Office 365/SharePoint

Improving cross-company collaboration, with Teams, Power Apps, Power Automate and BPA Quality on SharePoint/Office 365.

Cross-company collaboration is complex, even in the digital world. Emails remain the traditional way to communicate with suppliers, customers and external stakeholders. However, emails are personal, not formatted and not very efficient. Using self-service portals with external stakeholders is a better alternative, however it’s more complex to setup, cost is higher and portals are not flexible to adapt.

Microsoft Teams with Office 365 brings new tools for improving communication with internal or external stakeholders. Teams is a tool for instant discussions, meetings, and file sharing. It’s now possible to post forms in Teams (using adaptive cards), which opens new doors for better cross-company collaboration.

This disruptive scenario presents a client organization improving collaboration with a major supplier using Teams. By receiving a supplier nonconformity, the client register the incident using a mobile device and the supplier gets an automatic Teams alert. A form is posted to the supplier to determine actions regarding the nonconformity. Finally, the supplier gets periodical performance indicators from the client.

In this example, Teams is used as an “unstructured” front-office collaboration tool while BPA Quality is the structured back-office software to track all data, decisions and actions. Teams is well adopted by growing number of organizations. New cool features are expected soon, like Talkie Walkie, task management, bringing Teams to shift workers and the shop floor.

At BPA, we think instant collaboration is the future of Quality. By replacing inefficient emails, heavy portals and traditional task workflows, instant collaboration improves communication with internal and external stakeholders. Benefits are numerous, sharing Teams with external users involves no additional cost for the client (Teams is part of Office 365) and it’s no charge for external stakeholders (they get invited by the client).

As a conclusion, BPA software and Office 365 provide new tools to reach Quality 4.0 and improve cross-company collaboration. This no-code scenario can easily be configured and implemented for any type of organization.

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