How structuring organisations around processes contributes to their overall performance.

The core activity of HM.Clause, an international vegetable seed producer, involves the development of vegetable seeds in a sustainable and innovative way, while always prioritising quality. In order to guarantee the highest quality, HM.Clause has made the transition from a traditional corporate structure at department level to a corporate structure based on processes. For this, HM.Clause applies an all-in-one global software platform that combines all technical, functional and operational processes in the field of quality, compliance and operational excellence: Icologiq Elements.

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Using Quality Management to optimise food safety

The Netherlands is to form the center for global food innovation with the Global Coordinating Secretariat (GCS) in Wageningen, as announced by Dutch Prime Minister Rutte during a recent digital meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Due to the current economic and ecologic challenges the world is facing, combining the powers of ICT and AgriFood is more important than ever to produce sufficient food that meets all safety standard. As an ICT company with multiple customers in the AgriFood industry, how does Icologiq help solve this challenge?

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Working at Icologiq: Ester Elferink (Business Consultant)

In 1994, Ester was the first employee to be hired at Icologiq (called Quality Online back then). After 10 years at Icologiq and 15 years of work experience in other areas, she is now back in the team as a Business Consultant. “I love how proud we are of the product we develop together.”

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Looking back: 25 years of Icologiq

By April 1st, 2021, Icologiq has celebrated its 25th anniversary! In 1996, Icologiq launched its first version of quality applications under the name Quality Online. Over the years, while quality has become increasingly important, we have never lost sight of our customers’ needs. What has changed in 25 years? What goals have we set for ourselves and how have we achieved them? What were the main highlights? Founder Peer Reinhard looks back on 25 years of Icologiq.

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Working at Icologiq: Leonie Sijtsma (Software Engineer)

Starting a job at a new company during the corona crisis can be quite a challenge, especially if you are also the youngest in the team and one of the few women. Nevertheless, Leonie Sijtsma quickly found her way during her first three months at Icologiq, thanks to her helpful and welcoming colleagues. “After two months, I already understood how to solve most issues on my own. That’s what you do it for as a Software Engineer.”

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Icologiq Elements nominated Innovation Top 100 (Dutch Chamber of Commerce)

Icologiq Elements has been nominated for the 15th edition of the KvK Innovation Top 100 – an achievement we are proud of! The KVK Innovation Top 100 is an annual competition, organised by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK), for innovative SMEs in the Netherlands. Last year it was our product Universe with which we obtained the 26th place in the Top 100, this year it’s Icologiq Elements that made it to the honourable ranking.

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Working at Icologiq: Youp Elzing (Business Consultant)

The best way to really get to know the culture of an organisation is to let the employees speak. Youp Elzing already had experience with a process-based way of working from a customer-oriented approach, and this was exactly what appealed to him when he saw the vacancy for Business Consultant at Icologiq. He has now been working at Icologiq for more than three months. “Every day is different due to the variety of tasks and sectors.”

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Streaming Video’s: the Future of Adequate Competency Management

When a company hires new employees, it is important to assure they are sufficiently trained and have access to the information they need in order to learn and carry out their work, adequatly and free of errors. Erik Postma, Global Head of Quality Management & Environment at the international seed breeding company HM.Clause, talks about the importance of adequate Competence Management and the role videos can play in this.

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The growing importance of supply chain control

In recent years, there has been a change regarding the requirements for (international) partnerships. Nowadays, as a manager of a company, you are not only responsible for your own business operations, but also those of your partners and suppliers. As a result, supply chain control is becoming an increasingly important part of quality management. How did this trend arise and what can you as a manager do to conform?

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