What Happens When Data Integration and Mobile Platforms Combine?

As Bio-IT World approaches next week, we are sharing a pre-show guest blog series from industry experts on trends you can expect to hear about at the event. Below is a guest contribution from Robert Cooper, business unit leader at Ceiba Solutions.

Combining new data integration techniques with mobile platforms compounds productivity gains. In pharmaceutical and other life science companies, where users rely on heterogeneous data sources and applications in the drug discovery process, the problem of interoperability and cross application function integration is of immense importance.

From large pharmaceutical to early stage biotech, the expense of building systems and integrations, although critical to success, can be prohibitive. New, innovative approaches which address these demands by applying intelligence to data and associated cross-application functions are an exciting new direction.

At Ceiba, we’ve developed a data-typing based solution that frees organizations from cost prohibitive integrations, putting a marketplace of functions and services at user’s fingertips – all accessible from common applications like Excel, Spotfire, ELN, LIMS, CRM, etc.  A dynamically adaptable platform supports integration of service-specific functions, empowers users to easily execute multiple functions and relate data in new and interesting ways – in particular “in context.”

The new framework allows users to interact with domain data (biology, chemistry, clinical, sales, marketing, manufacturing, etc.) utilizing a simple and consistent manner in which to traverse from one data type to another without prior knowledge of where the data live, or how to consume the data from a technical perspective. The user interaction is therefore one that is data- and associated function-driven rather than technologically-driven, leading to a consistent familiarity across the organization in the way application functions are leveraged and data are explored and utilized, leading to actionable data to drug information from complex relationships, with minimal time and effort. 

Partnering with Intel, Ceiba Solutions has enhanced its productivity software by combining with Intel- enabled mobility solutions, exposing even more opportunities for improved scientific effectiveness. Consumerization of software services via a marketplace of applications on top of new hardware platforms combine to provide new, exciting, and here to fore unforeseen, benefits.

For example, experimenting with hands-free communication on tablets enabled with productivity software surfacing relationships in experiment data has shown significant workflow savings, and/or immediately recovering from faults in the manufacturing process. Additionally, the desire of employees to share analysis is increased with mobility, as well as the potential number of workers capable of collaborating in near real time on projects. 

Mobility-enabled employees are more likely to reach out to research colleagues via social communication within a company. Involving employees of support or adjacent departments with other key areas and virtual teams are simplified. All resulting in positive results in organizational operating performance. As a result, the profitability of the business can grow, and costs get lower when the time required to make important decisions is reduced. The combination of a marketplace of productivity tools/services and mobility speeds decision making, leading to a significant positive affect on time to market…critical in the life sciences industry. 

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