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  • support 2:37 am on May 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, Pandora Radio, , Scott Vowels   

    Small Business Drives ICT Innovation At The 2015 QuEST Forum Americas Best Practices Conference 

    We are so pleased to announce that Scott Vowels, PhD will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming QuEST Forum Americas Best Practices Conference Small Business Workshop in San Diego on September 14-18.  Dr. Vowels manages the Supplier Diversity Program for Apple, Inc.  You can register for the event here > on the QuEST Forum website.

     

    Scott Vowels

    Scott Vowels, Head of Supplier Diversity For Apple, inc.

     

    Scott Vowels is recognized as a leading expert in the field of Supplier Diversity and is a frequent speaker and panelist on industry issues.  He is widely known within the supplier diversity network for successfully leading both the Northern California and Alabama Minority Supplier Development Councils to national prominence as President & CEO.  He holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Economics.

    Scott is also a former professional tennis player and a published author.  His latest book, Don’t Be Afraid to Call the Baby Ugly reached #1 on Amazon in both the Supplier Diversity and Minority Business categories.  You can follow Scott on Twitter > .

     

    The Small Business Luncheon will feature guest speaker, Joanna Bloor, Vice President of Advertising Operations at Pandora Radio.  With nearly two decades of experience, Joanna Bloor is a veteran of the media space.  Her experience encompasses Sales, Sales Management, Operations and Advertising Technology.  She is also the Strategic Lead & HiPower Director for LWT (Leading Women In Technology), a non-profit organization dedicated to unlocking the potential of professionals who advise technology businesses.

     

     

    Small Business Workshop Flyer

     

    In addition to the keynote and luncheon presentations, the Service Provider Panel will feature speakers from ICT industry leaders such as AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and Great Plains Communications.  As always, the workshop provides exceptional networking opportunities with executives from Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon and many more.

    BIZPHYX President and CEO, Sue Clancy leads the Small Business Group as Chairman.  ICT Small Business is thriving and this year’s workshop will be among the best Small Business Workshops ever presented.

     

    To attend the event, register here >

     

    For more information on QuEST Forum Small Business and the 2015 America’s Best Practices Conference, contact sclancy@bizphyx.com.

     

     

     

     
  • support 1:30 am on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , AT&T Women Entrepreneurs' Forum, Cathy Martine,   

    AT&T Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum: Where Are They Now? 

    This blast from the past is a group photo that was taken of the AT&T Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum.  It’s an alumni photo of sorts, as the 2-year program (which concluded several years ago), brings back fond memories of collaboration and sharing best practices on future trends in ICT and telecommunications.

    We often run into many of these great female technology executives at other conferences, like the upcoming WBENC National Conference in Austin and recently at DiversityNXT and the ISM National Conference in early May.  We may see a couple of these ladies at the upcoming QuEST Forum Leadership Council and Work Groups in Dallas today!

     

    AT&T Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum

    AT&T Women's  Forum Group Photo

     

    Featured in this photo in the back row (third from the left) is BIZPHYX President and CEO, Sue Clancy standing next to Cathy Martine (second from the left).  Cathy Martine who led this initiative, is President of AT&T Enterprise Business Solutions.  Also featured in the front row (second from the right) is our colleague in QuEST Forum, Betty Manetta who is President and CEO of Argent Associates, Inc.

    Miss you ladies and let’s keep driving innovation in the ICT industry!

     

    For more information on implementing ICT quality, sustainability, IT security and e-recycling standards such TL 9000, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and R2/RIOS, contact info@bizphyx.com.

     
  • support 2:46 am on April 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DiversityNTX, ISM 2015, ,   

    2015 DiversityNTX Will Be Held At This Year’s ISM Annual Conference 

    TIG, the Technology Industry Group will hold this year’s DiversityNTX in conjunction with the 2015 ISM Annual Conference in Phoenix.  It’s a great paring of organizations for the Technology Industry Group Matchmaker event.  This is a unique opportunity for diverse technology suppliers to interact with the high profile technology corporations to discuss industry trends and sourcing needs.

     

    DiversityNTX

     

    Some of the participating tech giants include Apple, Alcatel Lucent, Dell,  Google, Intel, Oracle, SAS and many more!

    This technology matchmaker is also being hosted by the Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (PSWMSDC) and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council West  (WBEC-West).

    BIZPHYX is proud to be a part of this years’ event as both a diverse supplier (WBE) and as the nation’s leading ICT quality management consultancy.  Our President and CEO Sue Clancy, who is also a member of ISM (Institute For Supply Management), will be an active participant in this year’s matchmaker.

    For more information or to register for DiversityNTX, click this link or contact info@bizphyx.com

     
  • support 1:29 am on April 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ISO 45001, Occupational Health Standard,   

    ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety (Draft): The Voting Has Begun 

    As you may be aware, the forthcoming standard from ISO on workplace safety has reached the committee draft stage of development.  ISO 45001 is poised to replace OHSAS 18001.

    The standard sets forth requirements for occupational health and safety management systems.  ISO 45001 is currently at the committee draft stage of development, the first consultation phase.  During this stage, the countries (ISO members) that have chosen to participate in the standard’s development, can comment on the draft.

    Many people have asked, why an “international standard”?

    According to ISO.org, here is a great visual example:

     

     

    The reality is that around 2.34 million people died as a result of work-related accidents and diseases in 2013 alone.  Approximately 2 million are the result of work-related illnesses and 321, 000 are due to accidents.

    A strong occupational health and safety management system can bring these numbers down by reducing accidents and ill health linked to the workplace.  ISO 45001 will provide requirements to put in place a system and structure that protects and reduces risk to employees.

     

    There are many benefits to an ISO standard for occupational health and safety.

     

    Two that we believe are worthy of focus are:

    1.  Small businesses often have only one person looking after both safety and environmental concerns, so the committee is making sure that easy integration with ISO 14001 is possible.  The cross-functionality with ISO 14001 is a true positive.

    2.  Many organizations are already using ISO management system standards, which will make integrating a similar standard on occupational health and safety much easier vs. maintaining a different guideline like OHSAS 18001.

     

    This is just the second step, in a multi-phase process, with much more to come.  For more information, you can access this page from ISO to download the briefing note.  Stay tuned, as we will post any additional updates as they occur.

    For more information on implementing ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001 or any other related ISO standards, please contact info@bizphyx.com

     

     

     
  • support 9:19 pm on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , quality journals,   

    THE STANDARD 2015: Q1 Edition 

    Someone asked us recently where they could access our newsletter archives.  You can access copies of our quality publication THE STANDARD, directly on our BIZPHYX website and when we post them on our social sites.  We’re posting a direct link here:  THE STANDARD Q1 2015.

    In this March edition, you will find a link to Irv Brik’s great video course on COPQ (The Cost of Poor Quality), an update on ISO 9001: 2015, an update on the January QuEST Forum Leadership Summit, a quality tool quiz from ASQ (The American Society of Quality) and much more!

     

    BIZPHYX: THE STANDARD IMAGE

     

    This year, we’ve re-branded THE STANDARD, “The Year of Quality” in anticipation of the impending changes to many of the ISO standards with ISO 9001: 2015.

    For your own copy of THE STANDARD, contact info@bizphyx.com for a complimentary copy.  We publish this newsletter 3 times per year.

     

     

     
  • support 4:19 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    BIZPHYX Takes The Pledge To Drive ICT Quality In 2015 

    As members of QuEST Forum and as active participants in implementing the TL 9000 quality standard around the globe, we have recommitted our support of the organization and the TL 9000 standard. 

    Companies registered to TL 9000 benefit from a well-defined common standard addressing the unique communications quality system requirements for design, development, production, delivery and service.  Members like us benefit from best practice collaboration, quality benchmarking studies and recognition for promotion of excellence from the leading companies in ICT.

     

    To sustain the vision, signatories like us have recommitted to:

     

    • Continue developing and improving the TL 9000 quality standard

    • Provide support for QuEST Forum’s quality benchmarking and other global quality and best practice initiatives

    • Participate actively and productively as a QuEST Forum member, including regular participation in QuEST Forum meetings, conferences and work groups

    • Support of appointed QuEST Forum representatives

     

    TL 9000 Member Badge

     

     

    Who else has taken the pledge? 

     

    Well let’s say we’re in good company with ICT leaders and MSP’s like AT&T, Cisco, Fujitsu, Huawei and Verizon Wireless to name a few.  For a complete list of companies who have taken the pledge and who proudly display this seal, visit the QuEST Forum website.

     

    BIZPHYX is also certified to TL 9000 and ISO 9001.  For more information on TL 9000 implementation, internal audit or training, contact info@bizphyx.com.

     
  • support 1:47 am on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CoPQ, , Irv Briks,   

    Introduction To The Cost of Poor Quality (CoPQ) And Its Impact On Profitability 

    BIZPHYX Senior Consultant and QuEST Forum Fellow, Irv Briks recently delivered this educational webinar as part of the QuEST Forum Small Business Lecture Series and Small Business Initiative.

    This presentation is now available as an on-demand learning feature on our website and on our social sites through You Tube.

    In this course, Irv clearly defines the Cost of Quality and the Cost of Poor Quality (CoPQ) and provides concepts and examples that can implemented in your organization to improve profitability:

     

     

     

     

    If you would like Irv to assist your organization with process improvement and any of the techniques discussed in this course, please contact him at irvbriks@bizphyx.com.  You can read his bio and connect with him directly off of our website and/or through LinkedIn.

     

     
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