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Happy 40th Birthday to Us!

2019 is the 40th anniversary of the founding of TOPAZ! Our predecessor—GCS— was founded in Norman, Oklahoma in 1979, with the first contract being to provide the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with an animal resource cost accounting system. The company incorporated as GCS (General Computer Systems) in 1981. Census and barcoding capabilities were …

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SCAW Annual Winter Conference 2018

TOPAZ is excited, once again, to be attending the SCAW Annual Winter Conference. It’s held in San Antonio every year at the lovely Menger Hotel on the Riverwalk. For us, that’s an easy drive down I-35 from Austin! This year’s meeting is December 3rd-4th. SCAW is The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare, which mainly focuses on outreach …

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Strategies for Reporting

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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Elements v 4.3

TOPAZ officially releases v 4.3 of Elements on Friday July 27th.  We’ll be working with customers to implement the upgrade over the coming weeks. Version 4.3 continues our recent focus on enhancing both the Veterinary Management module and the TOPAZ Reporter module.  In this version, you will be able to access Vet Management data within Reporter, to …

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Veterinary Management Webinar

We’ve talked a lot recently (in blog posts, on the website) about the Veterinary Management module of TOPAZ Elements and there’s been a lot of interest in how this module can help with compliance, animal care and communication within the vet team and with researchers.  We have a couple of case studies on the website that …

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TOPAZ Annual User Symposium

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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RFID and other Cage Technologies

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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Affordable Compliance and Facility Management software for smaller sites

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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