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How Enterprise Hybrid Cloud enhances life sciences’ ability to compete

Big Data, Internet of Things, and wearables as well as data sources and data are rich and abundant and, when used the right way, they are the single most powerful competitive differentiator that sets companies a part. However, with data originating from many places, challenges arise: How to create a data hub that is both secure and still accessible, GxP compliant, and yet agile and flexible enough to be able to manage variable data loads? It is not just a repository for data that is needed; it is a dynamic structure allowing data to be exercised and enabling the life sciences business to compete. NNIT Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is built to meet the requirements of the life sciences industry and, in this article, Torben Thorhauge, Vice President, Infrastructure Outsourcing Life Sciences, shares NNIT’s vision for cloud services in the life sciences sector.

What are the biggest life sciences challenges you are targeting?

With NNIT Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, we aim to meet the life sciences sector’s need for speed and agility. We see life sciences companies engaging with clinicians, budget holders, and patients in new eco-systems, with a focus on more personalized medicine. We also see new compounds and services being co-created with external innovation and data from multiple sources, including IoT and wearables. All of this means life sciences players need to work in a more global operating model in order to truly take advantage of all of the possibilities. Our vision is to provide the cloud infrastructure enabling huge amounts of data to be in transit from clinicians, life sciences companies, and patients. This is supplemented by various cloud options so that services can be launched and scaled quickly and in a compliant manner. We provide the platform – or the data highway – with NNIT Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. On top of this, the life sciences business can run its own applications or they can let NNIT run the applications or develop the entire stack and use EHC as a platform.

Clouds are still viewed with some concern. How have you prepared for regulatory compliance?

We are taking a hybrid approach. We have put controls in place and qualified the cloud infrastructure itself so that at any point the platform and records can be audited by customers and/or authorities, such as the FDA or EMA. This adherence to the highest level of compliance gives our customers the assurance that they need. Furthermore, we have built our solution so that customers can choose to access our GxP cloud services and create workloads either in the public or the private cloud depending on their needs.
We call this the NNIT Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC).This means that we are able to support GxP-validated workloads in both the public and private cloud scenarios. Customers can, therefore, enjoy the full benefits of the cloud while at the same time choose to deploy according to their own preferences, priorities, and budget.

Why is this so different and unique?

We have taken care to ensure that customers get a cloud to match their specific needs and we enable them to validate workloads according to their corporate policies. Customers compile various cloud resources as needed. The keywords for life sciences companies are hybrid plus GxP.
In many cases, services can just as easily be delivered out of an ordinary cloud but a certain percentage needs to be delivered from a GxP-qualified cloud. Effectively, the GxP cloud offers an alternative to on-premises handling. It, therefore, provides the benefits of the cloud for even the most sensitive data, including being able to order both ordinary and GxP cloud resources from the same contact point. And, of course, the pre-qualification of NNIT’s GxP cloud means that some of the validation costs are taken out of the equation for the customer.

So this enables customers to put more or less what they want into the cloud?

Yes, you could say that we enable life sciences organizations to create their ideal cloud. Until now, life sciences companies have been asking themselves “What should we leave out of the cloud?” NNIT EHC, with the GxP cloud feature, makes it possible to pose this question differently, and instead ask “What would we ideally like to have in the cloud?” With NNIT EHC, it has become possible to take highly sensitive and critical processes into the cloud. This means the CIO’s team can engage their internal stakeholders will full confidence. It also means the CFO’s team can apply cost-benefit analysis and determine the correct profile for each service, without compromising security or privacy obligations.
For research and quality assurance teams, in particular, this range of options allows them to easily bring in third party partners for in-house validation.

Can regulated workloads benefit from the added value of your industry expertise?

Absolutely. NNIT is trusted by our customers to stay ahead of both regulation and industry best practices. We have specialist teams providing a range of consulting support, from compliance management to handling upcoming requirements like IDMP or ongoing rollouts such as serialization. The EHC approach allows customers to supplement the numerous cloud services with additional expertise based services in order to help them achieve the desired outcomes.

What do you see as long-term prospects for your EHC approach?

The life sciences industry is entering a new stage of ‘normal’ in the digital age. One of the key components in this transformation is cloud computing. The cloud is becoming, if not the new norm, at least much more common and mainstream. Life sciences companies are beginning to see the cloud as an enabler in terms of innovation for becoming more open, collaborative, and timely. It allows companies to run global operations more efficiently wherein providing regulatory compliance can easily be demonstrated. Customers will transition to this ‘new normal’ at their own pace. By giving them the option to select and tailor their own cloud service to the requirements and corporate policies, making it compliant with the regulations, we expect life sciences companies to increasingly take up the cloud option.​






Torben Thorhauge+45 3079 1430tot@nnit.comVice President Thorhauge



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