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The news circulating among product liability circles is that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is considering a settlement of $3 Billion for compensation for plaintiffs against the ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system (ASR) manufacturer. This works out to about $300,000 for each plaintiff.  It is being alleged that the design of the ASR was defective and that not enough clinical trials were carried out. The ASR was developed and manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of J&J.

J&J recalled the ASR in 2010 when an alarming number of units, nearly 1 for every 8 patients, failed within 5 years. This failure resulted in several repair operations, pain, metallosis, and prolonged temporary disability. The financial burden was certainly heavy, and the long-term health effects have yet to be fully appreciated.

The figure mentioned is the highest settlement ever to be reached for hip implants, outclassing the $1 Billion that Sulzer AG paid for their own defective hip implant product. However, the rumors have yet to be substantiated. The DePuy spokesperson declined to make elucidate the matter, merely point out that such speculations are premature and “dangerous.”

The San Diego Sherriff Department is responsible for the nearly 1 million citizens of San Diego County.  Their job requirements vary significantly and may include tasks such as monitoring the local jails, providing security to the San Diego County courtrooms, and monitoring the county for unlawful actions.

In order for all 4,000 members of the SD County Sheriff’s Department to keep up to date on important cases and the many citizens of the county, the sheriff’s department has created a system called SD Fusion.  This program works directly with Microsoft industry standard tools in order to automatically load relevant information into a computerized system.

With SD Fusion, a member of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department can access the information they need fast.  All of the data about on-going cases, San Diego citizens, and current events is stored in one easily-accessible database available at the fingertips of all officers.  The department believes this will help in making smart, accurate decisions on the go, which in turn, will enhance public safety.  Chief Information Officer, Andy Chmielinski, stated that “SD Fusion’s mission is to provide tech services to all users”.  Undoubtedly, this Microsoft based program will help the sheriffs of San Diego County make the decisions that help the entire county.

This type of program could also be utilized by other professionals that need fast access to detailed information.  Attorneys and other legal professionals as well as those in the medical field may be interested in pursuing a similar program for their own department in the future.

Austin Health is a major health services provider and research center in Austin, Texas. With more than 8,000 staff and hundreds of thousands of patients treated each year, Austin Health is required to collect and sort a considerable amount of important information relating to their health services in order to ensure the best possible quality of care. To do so, Austin Health turned to Microsoft SharePoint to transform its performance reporting capabilities.

Microsoft SharePoint is an online application platform designed to serve a wide range of different business needs. For large companies such as Austin Health, this platform can be a considerable asset in streamlining information gathering and distribution processes, which can be critical to the success of any company but may be particularly necessary in a healthcare setting or for attorneys, in which actual lives may depend on the ability of employees to quickly and reliably access the information they need.

What SharePoint Can Do

When it comes to providing businesses with the tools that they need to succeed, SharePoint can offer a wide range of different online capabilities, including:

  • Ÿ  Content development and collaboration tools
  • Ÿ  Streamlined infrastructure for creating and sharing information
  • Ÿ  Refined search capabilities
  • Ÿ  Information storage and management

Whether you’re a doctor, a lawyer, an advertising professional, or even a small business owner, Microsoft SharePoint can be a significant benefit to your business’ operations, as Austin Health discovered. A more detailed examination of the features and services offered by SharePoint can be found on Microsoft’s website.

Johnson Controls is one of the world’s largest and most successful legal corporations, employing more than 160,000 workers and operating in hundreds of locations across six continents. As a leader in energy and operational efficiency management, Johnson Controls collects vast amounts of data on a daily basis. Organizing and streamlining this data, as well as ensuring easy access of this information to employees, is critical to their success. Therefore, Johnson Controls has turned to Microsoft’s SQL servers for its data management needs.

Microsoft SQL servers allows Johnson Controls to look at how much energy is being used in not only all of the buildings they manage, but even how much energy each piece of equipment being used operates on, creating significant energy saving opportunities by focusing on those parts of the organization which are operating at the lowest efficiency. By putting all this data together in real-time, Johnson Controls have significantly improved their operations.

Benefits of SQL Servers

Microsoft’s SQL servers have the ability to provide benefits for a wide range of different types of industries and services, from small business owners to law firms employing thousands of attorneys to multi-national corporations. Some of these benefits include the following:

  • Ÿ  Real-time data management
  • Ÿ  Significant information storage capabilities
  • Ÿ  Ease of access and use

These and other benefits of Microsoft’s SQL servers have made them an attractive data management solution for a wide variety of businesses throughout the world, including professionals such as doctors, lawyers, business managers, and even creative professionals.stepleton dugan

Volvo Car Corporation is one of the world’s most recognizable designers of automobiles, with more than 2,300 dealerships and 100 national sales companies across the globe. For a company of this size, data and information storage and collaboration needs are considerable, requiring a highly developed but user friendly information technology system to be managed effectively. For this reason, Volvo chose to adopt Microsoft SharePoint’s SQL server for its business needs.

Microsoft’s SharePoint technology provides a wide range of different business solutions to help large companies organize and streamline their information development and collaboration capabilities. SQL Server access only increases the availability of this information to end users by operating as a cloud system through which information can be stored and retrieved via network access. For Volvo, the benefits in particular related to the ease of use and access which this technology provided their employees.

SharePoint and SQL Benefits

SharePoint and SQL server technology has a wide range of applications for organizations such as large corporations, law firms managing complicated lawsuits, and even small companies whose operations require significant engagement with other users. Some of the benefits of SharePoint and SQL include:

  • Ÿ  Swifter, more reliable data analysis
  • Ÿ  Ease of collaboration and access to information
  • Ÿ  Streamlined content development
  • Ÿ  Enhanced data and information storage capabilities

For all these reasons, professionals from doctors, lawyers, business executives, government organizations, and many others have increasingly come to view Microsoft SharePoint technologies as the key to their success, much as Volvo discovered.

For over 30 years, the Weather Channel has been working to provide customers with information on the weather across the United States and around the world.  The team at the Weather Channel sorts through over a petabyte of information from various sources to create comprehensive, up to date reports about the weather that affects individuals anywhere on the globe.  Previously, it would take up to 160 hours to generate usable reports from this information which caused a frustrating delay between the time of the event and the time it was announced to users.

To address this issue, the Weather Channel employees began utilizing a Microsoft based system that would drastically cut down the time needed to generate the data and keep users informed on weather in their location.  The program being used is SharePoint 2010, a Microsoft program that allows the company to analyze and compile data efficiently and effectively.  Andy Drooker, Senior Director of Engineering Platforms, reported that because the Weather Channel employees are already familiar with Microsoft and comfortable with this type of system.  This helped to simplify the transition and keep everyone up to speed almost immediately.

The Weather Channel is not the only organization utilizing a Microsoft based system to better their data collection and management, although they are one of the more high profile groups.  Many legal professionals such as lawyers, law enforcement officers, and government organizations also use SharePoint and similar programs to increase efficiency.