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We’ve posted a lot recently about TOPAZ Reporter, the new features included, and some ideas of strategies to help you make useful reports. But, you really need training to use the tool itself. Reporter allows you to select data from a relational database and present it onto a page (real or virtual), but it can do …

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TOPAZ Reporter is a very powerful ad hoc reporting tool that can be used to construct a very wide range of report types covering almost all the data captured by Elements. So, how do you use it? #1 Get Training The first requirement is to get training! TOPAZ Reporter is quite easy to use for …

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TOPAZ Reporter is a module of the Elements suite that provides a very powerful, ad-hoc report-building tool and gives you access to data from all the other Elements modules. In the last year, we’ve added some great features to Reporter such as: Additional staff information. This was requested at our annual User Symposium meeting when we asked …

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It’s that time of year! Here in Texas, the weather is a little cooler, Halloween candy is in the stores, and USDA reports are being generated!  These reports are required by the Animal Welfare Act and must be submitted by December 1st, so October is when most folks start working on them. This year, we have the …

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As mentioned in the previous blog post, TOPAZ Reporter is a module of the Elements suite that provides a very powerful ad-hoc report-building tool. Reporter provides the customer with the ability to generate a wide range of reports covering compliance, facility operations, and animal health data that can include a host of advanced features such as …

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Providing reports for users of software applications can be a difficult compromise for software developers. There is no point collecting data if it cannot be reported in a useful way, yet every user has their own ideas and requirements for reporting.  There is also, to some extent, a trade off between the flexibility of a system, and …

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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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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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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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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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