Scalable software to manage food safety world-wide
In the search for scalable software to manage food safety world-wide, the internationally acknowledged Food Safety Certification Organization, FSSC22000, discovered the endless possibilities no-code platform WEM offers.
FSSC22000 was looking for an all-in-one solution to manage food safety certification process world-wide. “A service provider and software package in one, that could be integrated into or on top of the existing IT infrastructure”, Jules Rojer, Technical Manager at FSSC 22000 indicates.
“A platform that would empower us to easily create a scalable application, which would run behind the website, that could generate data and information to be shown on the website itself.”
Internationally used by 18.000+ organizations
The Food Safety System Certification, FSSC 22000, provides a framework for effectively managing food safety responsibilities of international organizations. FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO Standards. “By being certified, companies demonstrate having robust Food Safety Management Systems in place that meet the requirements of customers and consumers”, Jules introduces.
Until now, 18.000+ organizations over 140 countries are FSSC 22000 certified. With currently 110+ Licensed Certification Bodies and over 1,500 auditors worldwide, FSSCs mission is to provide a trusted brand assurance platform to the consumer goods industry.
A secure online certification scheme
“In order to support the existing IT infrastructure behind FSSC, we were looking for an all-in-one solution: A service provider and software package in one”, Jules explains. “Empowering us to easily create an application, which would run behind the website, generating data and information to be shown on the website itself.”
The Scheme sets out the requirements to assess the food safety system of food manufacturing organizations and to issue a certificate. This certificate indicates that the organizations food safety system is in compliance with the requirements which are laid out in the Scheme and that the organization is able to maintain compliance with these requirements.
The online portal built in no-code platform WEM, fully supports the FSSC 22000 workflow. “Certifying bodies can upload requirements and data corresponding to specific certificates”.
Subsequently, the FSSC secretariat makes use of this software to verify which organizations have been certified. All certified organizations are transparently displayed on the portal, which is accessible by the public. Hence, scalable software to manage food safety world-wide.
Live in 12 weeks versus 18 months
In July 2017, FSSC 22000 reached out to WEM partner M+ with their challenge. “Their software needed to be available by the 1st of January 2018”, Rene Posthuma, Business Consultant at M+ describes. “October 8th, 2017 we started modeling this project in the WEM platform, finishing the application on the 8th of December 2017”. Hence, with a total development time of just 12 weeks, FSSC even had enough time to test their application. His amazement still being obvious, Jules adds: “Everyone agrees this is an extraordinary result!”
“If we would have developed this application based on traditional development methods, including a technical and functional design, and by programming this with a visual studio, .NET developer platform”, Rene makes a striking comparison:
“Traditionally it would have taken us 18 months to develop a system like this, which is being used world-wide, in multiple languages, and integrated in FSSCs existing infrastructure. With WEM this was deployed in 12 weeks”.
Off-line remote requirements
Business environments and needs evolve continuously. The WEM platform’s flexibility and speed matches this perfectly; new functionalities can always be added to existing enterprise applications. “One enhancement to WEM that we are very excited about is the platform will enable us to use the application while being off-line”, Jules explains. “This way an auditor can fill out a report in the portal on premise while being off-line, and as soon as there is an Internet connection, this data will be synchronized and saved to the database”. This functionality is planned to be made available early 2019.
For FSSC 22000 it is key to support auditors all over the world. Including the ones who find themselves at organizations located in remote areas. With the organization’s portal built in WEM, auditors can conveniently do their job anywhere. “This way, it’ll truly become a service tool for end-users of this application”. That’s how, by means of this scalable software, the safety of food and drinks is ensured for consumers globally. Effortlessly effective and with great transparency.