As you may have noticed over the past few months, TOPAZ has been focusing considerable efforts on improving our customer engagement and interaction. This has been an exciting summer for TOPAZ, as we have conceived and thoughtfully developed our presence on numerous social media outlets, including twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Beyond simply building awareness of …

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We’ve talked a lot recently (in blog posts, on the website) about the Veterinary Management module of TOPAZ Elements and there’s been a lot of interest in how this module can help with compliance, animal care and communication within the vet team and with researchers.  We have a couple of case studies on the website that …

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We’re pleased to announce that our Annual User Symposium will take place this year in Baltimore, in the aftermath of the National AALAS meeting.  TOPAZ has been running an annual user meeting for decades, and they always prove to be both fun and enlightening for our customers.  This year’s will be hosted at the University of …

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The 2018 TOPAZ User Symposium will be held after the AALAS National Meeting in Baltimore this year. There is still space to sign up, but you must hurry! The main sessions will be held on the campus of the wonderful UMB (University of Maryland–Baltimore), just a couple of blocks from Inner Harbor and the AALAS …

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For many of our customers the Animal Billing module, along with the supporting data provided by Census, is the most critical module in the Elements suite.  It allows the PIs to be billed their monthly charges for use of the facility and the services provided.  For the PIs themselves, how their precious grant funds are spent is …

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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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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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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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When we were building the Biosafety Protocols module of TOPAZ Elements many years ago, we spent time talking to some of the NIH officials who, at the time, were working to implement the audit program for institutions receiving NIH funding.  The primary messages were clear and simple; The IBC should have it’s own protocol form, not “piggy back” …

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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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