The Development of CORE as a Cloud-Based Application for ISO 9001
Where Did The “Cloud” Come From?
Cloud-based applications run from the software provider’s data center
The CORE Platform was originally DocBase Direct, launched in 2001
CORE manages document control, corrective action, training records, calibration and most ISO 9001 required processes
The traditional approach to running software was to install the application on your local computer or company server and access it through your local company network. Installed software generally ran well if the company had:
Dedicated servers that required maintenance, upgrades and periodic replacement.
Desktop computers or laptops capable of running the “client” applications necessary for the software to function.
Information technology (IT) staff who were available to install, configure, test, run, secure, and update the installed software.
The large start-up cost of purchasing and maintaining installed software is beyond the budget limits of most small companies.
Cash-flow able to purchase the software licenses and maintenance packages to stay current with the latest releases, patches and plug-ins.
The use of “in-house” networks and software evolved from the mainframe days in the 1950s and continues through this day. Some software providers continue to develop installed software that is sold to clients who have the budget and staff to support it.
With the explosion of the internet in the 90s, software developers began developing applications that could run “over the web” and (more recently) “in the cloud”. These applications are not installed on company servers, desktops or laptops. Instead, the software and data for the application run on the software provider’s servers in one or more secure data centers.
Clients access the cloud-based software through a web browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc.) and an internet connection. Originally referred to as “Application Service Provider” (ASP) or “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) applications, today software programs hosted on the developers servers are also referred to as “Cloud Applications”. The first wide acceptance of a cloud-based application was Salesforce.com in 1999 which provided a powerful enterprise business application through a simple website logon.
The Arrival of DocBase Direct®
With the growing understanding and market acceptance of this new software delivery model, Core Business Solutions introduced its own hosted application originally named DocBase Direct® in 2001. From its beginning, DocBase Direct (now CORE ISO Compliance PlatformTM) was built from the ground up as a web-based, hosted application for ISO 9001 compliance.
This approach to providing ISO compliance software was a pioneering concept in the early 2000s since the vast majority of ISO software providers only offered traditional, installed software. Since then, many of these providers have been working to re-write their code to meet today’s standard for cloud applications and some currently maintain both an “installed version” and a “hosted version” of their software.
New Name and Expanded Features for ISO 9001 Compliance
With the release of the re-named CORE ISO Compliance Platform, the features and functionality of our system have continued to grow to meet the needs of small companies. Small businesses want to fully automate their ISO compliance with the advantages of a cloud-based application:
Paperless ISO 9001 document control process
Scheduling and recording of internal audits
Tracking of all corrective actions and preventive actions
Maintaining records of training, calibration and equipment maintenance
Ensuring compliance with all ISO 9001 certification requirements
Using the adaptive technology of AutoForms to manage company-specific data processes