We are drowning in paper! Thousands of pieces of paper are stored everywhere from under desks, in cupboards, on the floor (you get the point). After they are created very few will ever be looked at again (only by an auditor). Not only is it a mess but it is a waste of resources. We want to become way more paperless than we are today! Not only do we want to save the planet (we produce recycled products for a great use (dogs)) we want to make our life easier with an easy-to-use app.
GENERAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are a small employee-owned producer of innovative dog treats and chews. We insist upon the highest quality in our products and engage with BRC (British Retail Consortium) to validate these high standards in food safety and process quality. As with any food quality and safety certification it is required that processes and procedures are monitored, measured, documented, reviewed and audited. Ultimately, the primary purpose of these BRC records is to audited by a third party auditor and occasionally used for internal purposes.
REPORTS: These records are relatively simple and often validate a specific process (cooking, packaging, etc.). These documents all have similarities such as approvals, retrieval, editing, security, and record retention. They will be created by a USER or multiple USERS in a sequence, reviewed by a SUPERVISOR, and specifically or randomly selected and audited by an AUDITOR.
PROJECT: Create an app or template for each form that is available on an ipad or android device (Surface) using SQL Server Express (inexpensive and simple data base) to capture, retain, and retrieve the data from these forms.
Each form will allow for the following functionality:
SECURITY: USERS are allowed to enter and select information from drop down menus as well as edit entries until a form is “COMPLETED”. Once completed the form is user and date stamped.
SUPERVISORS have the ability to review the document make notes on each field i.e. edits but cannot change the original entries. Once the “REVIEWED” field is selected the form is user and date stamped as reviewed.
The ADMINISTRATOR can create/edit/delete individuals who are designed as USERS and authority of SUPERVISORS for each form. The ADMINISTRATOR has the ability to add (or make inactive) entries (additional or discontinued processes) in predefined value fields in the forms.
The security is form based and USERS roles are determined uniquely for each form. Therefore, an individual can be a USER on one form and a SUPERVISOR on another but cannot be both on the same form. The ADMINISTRATOR determines which individuals have which roles on each form.
USABILITY: Each field on the form will be predefined and have the following types of information. Fields will be predefined as required and non-required fields. Required fields could have defined values and in some cases N/A (not applicable) is a valid option.
Dates and time: Date fields will default to today’s date but may provide the option to pull down a calendar and/or select a date. Time fields will be entered based upon 24 hour values.
Open narrative: Allow for USERS to enter narrative as needed either alphanumeric or numeric values.
Yes/No: Provide drop down with YES or NO options and some cases N/A.
Either/Or Fields: Checkmark either area of the form to confirm correct option or completed task.
Drop down predefined values: Provide relevant values in a drop down for predefined value fields.
Calculations: Calculations range from totaling columns to calculating values coming from other fields.
Initials: When a USER enters values on a multi-USER form their predefined initials will be entered into the field after acceptance/confirmation that the information is correct.
COMPLETION NOTIFICATION: Some forms will be used in sequence by USERS and eventually be approved by the SUPERVISOR. In these cases each section of the form will be defined to be entered by different USERS and in a defined sequence. Each USER will be notified when it is available for their entries or, in the case of the SUPERVISOR, to be reviewed and approved. Until the USERS complete the form in totality and confirm its completion it would be considered “OPEN” to the USER. Until the SUPERVISOR approves the individually completed forms that form would be considered “OPEN” for review.
SUPERVISOR can attach a note to individual fields as they review per above.
RETRIEVAL: Individual forms or a range of forms can be retrieved by any user on-line by using query functions appropriately defined for each form. Once retrieved provide the user the ability to print form or multiple forms.
FORMS: The following forms are required to be created and approved for the BRC audit.
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