In the pre-cloud era, each life science company bought their own applications from software vendors – or rather they bought bundles of licenses, based on an estimate of the number of users over a certain period. This necessitates that you scan the market, find a trusted vendor, validate the vendor and purchase the applications you need, and perhaps customise them to fit your particular business needs, not to mention validate the application and the full stack. The entire process easily takes from one to three years before deployment. Then, finally, you are operational. Talk about latency!
However, in a time when one of the prevailing business mantras is “Do more with less – and do it fast, please” the GxP Cloud offers a number of opportunities. And one of the interesting aspects of the GxP Cloud is the provisioning of software as a service.
In our experience, you typically need the same functionality as about 75 % of the industry. This is one of the realisations that has been driving the Cloud and the offering of pre-packaged standardised software solutions. Also the industry is gradually arriving at the recognition that the pre-packaged standardised software solution meets the essential needs even in the complex life science environment. However, to many it is still a question whether “standard” and “pre-packaged” is applicable in a GxP environment. Does “standard” accommodate the life science business’ obligation to put procedure above business, in the sense that unconditional compliance has precedence over any other business objective? Compliance is the very license to operate. And to be compliant, the business must submit to procedures, validate equipment and processes, and supply the required documentation and so forth, in other words: compliance takes time and is costly. So how do you equalise compliance with profit? In NNIT’s view the GxP Cloud and the provisioning of GxP applications as SaaS makes it possible to reconcile procedure with business. With SaaS in the GxP Cloud you can cut costs and still be compliant.
First of all, with the shared GxP Cloud platform and its provisioning of Software as a Service (SaaS), you can skip purchasing expensive software licenses and reduce the timespan from purchase to action. Instead, you must buy into the concept of subscribing to software as a centralised resource which can be distributed to many, leading to obvious cost and time savings. By purchasing Software as a Service, you achieve further significant benefits:
In other words, the GxP Cloud facilitates an unprecedented and fast access to the latest computer technology and a series of applications which can boost efficiency and, when properly used, create a real competitive advantage. And naturally NNIT’s GxP cloud can also provide non-GxP applications.
In the GxP Cloud, which is a private cloud, NNIT makes an application portfolio available to you on a secure and shared platform. It is our vision to match and sustain the entire life science value chain from Drug Development to Pharmaceutical Marketing. Their pre-packaged and validated software will allow you to fully utilise the cloud potential. From now on, you can simply subscribe to the applications you require – and if you need a certain amount of individual configuration, this is still possible in NNIT’s GxP Cloud. With this formation, life science companies, software vendors and NNIT enter into a GxP business ecosystem whose most significant trait is the business enablement immanent in the fast access and deployment of GxP applications without compromising quality, compliance and security.