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The VM Module and AAALAC

About a year ago we undertook an exercise to define “personas” – descriptions of semi-fictional users of our Elements software that get used as part of marketing discussions and other customer-focused conversations internally.  They were based on a number of interviews with current TOPAZ users.  It was an interesting exercise, particularly when it came to understanding the …

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RFID and other Cage Technologies

The use of RFID technology to ease the tracking of cages in the animal facility has taken a long time to take off.  It was at least 15 years ago when TOPAZ presented RFID technology to our Annual User Conference in the full expectation that within a few years, everyone would be using it!  In practice the …

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Disaster Recovery for Research IT

One topic our customers often consult us on is disaster recovery/business continuance. These are actually similar, yet distinct, subjects. From a high level, one deals with the IT function of rapidly restoring systems to serve the needs of the business. The other deals with the business continuing to operate after a loss of computing resources (while …

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About our parents

As many of you know, TOPAZ was acquired in June of 2016.  We became part of Cultura, which is, in turn, part of Volaris, which is, in turn, part of Constellation Software Inc. Constellation Software Inc is a publicly traded company, listed on the Toronto stock exchange (CSU.TO) with a current market capitalization of $14B and annual revenues of over …

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Regulatory Reporting for Canada

With the 2018 CALAS show approaching rapidly, it seemed a good time to talk about Canadian regulatory reporting!  TOPAZ will be in the Exhibitor Hall at the symposium, so come and say “hello” if you’re attending. Animal Facility Software generally contains a range of features that are agnostic between different countries.  A mouse is a mouse no matter where …

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Affordable Compliance and Facility Management software for smaller sites

TOPAZ and our fellow vendors in the Compliance and Animal Facility Management software market share certain problems with other software vendors in highly vertical, “niche” markets. The software is often complex, and user expectations are high, but the market overall is relatively small (compared to applications for the general public).  The end result of this, in our …

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The New Common Rule

When working with our Human Protocols module users (aka “IRB”) we often encounter questions about the “new common rule” and how the rule changes are supported within Elements.  As you probably know, implementation of the rule has been delayed by the DHHS until (at least) July 19th, but many institutions are wisely gearing up to …

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PRIM&R IACUC18

PRIM&R TOPAZ has been an exhibitor at the PRIM&R IACUC conference for many years and 2018 is no exception. This year our GM, Aaron Plante will be representing TOPAZ at the meeting in Columbus, Ohio.  Aaron will be at the booth in the exhibitor room on March 19th and 20th, so stop by and see …

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