SaaS and Cloud Computing

A scalable, cost effective approach to delivering clinical research services

Traditionally, companies and institutions have been required to buy, build and maintain their own IT infrastructures, incurring great costs in the process and placed in the position to support legacy systems well beyond their utility. Software-as-a service (SaaS) computing provides a better alternative. With the adoption of the web as a computing platform, enterprises and institutions can now plug-in and subscribe to software services whenever they need them, however they need them and for as long as they need them.

TEMPO™'s design is based on the reality of delivering SaaS, and it represents the foundation for on-demand clinical research systems. This approach enables TEMPO™ to rapidly and efficiently deliver the core value of the application — the ability to capture, manage, and share information easily, efficiently and effectively across thousands of investigator sites and among all project stakeholders. This means less complexity and cost for you.

By hosting and maintaining TEMPO™ in our data center, we eliminate the need to invest in dedicated IT staff, hardware and software while ensuring that our clients have immediate access to the latest software updates and upgrades.

Up in the cloud

In its most basic sense, cloud computing generally means "location agnostic", and there are many clear advantages to using a resource not tied to a single physical location or machine. Benefits of cloud computing include:

    •    Load balancing across wide ranging geographic areas
    •    More efficient consumption of computing resources
    •    Lowered operational costs
    •    Increased security
    •    Fault tolerance
    •    Flexibility
    •    Mobility
    •    System uptime
    •    Disaster recovery

There are ways to leverage the benefits of cloud computing even for heavily regulated industries such as pharma and biotech.  However, the key is taking the time to understand each offering and how it is structured, maintained and protected.  

Asking yourself the following questions as they apply to different forms of cloud computing will help clarify what option will work best:

    •    Can I see it?
    •    Can I login to it?
    •    Do I control it?

Whether public, private or hybrid cloud, we can help determine which type of cloud computing resource will help your organization reach its goals, while meeting your time, budget and regulatory concerns.

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