Not Enough Days at the Beach

Steve Scribner

Steve Scribner

More than 20 years experience in business strategy and implementation of Content Management in Life Sciences

As I have commented in a previous blog, the DIA Annual Meeting this year was in San Diego. The meeting was excellent but perhaps I should have stayed over a few days to enjoy the weather at the beach.Beach

There were several sessions that I enjoyed what I learned and perhaps you will too. As an overall comment, I noticed a considerable shift in exhibitors from the past where the floor was overwhelming with CROs. It was much more balanced this year with a variety of representatives from many vendors serving the industry. This is a positive change.

There were 13 countries who sent representatives from their agencies to the meeting. Two panel sessions focused on International Collaboration between Regulators. The key take-away for me was the Continue reading

Data Migration in a Heavily Regulated Environment

Mike Kan

Mike Kan

Mike is the head of Channels & Alliances in EMEA, and focuses on how trends, technologies, and products impact the channel in EMEA and globally.

Under any circumstances, transferring vast amounts of data into a new Document Management System can be a long and complicated process. Careful preparation is essential, along with specialized expertise and the proper migration tools. Getting it wrong carries high financial risk.

But we all know that the challenges become ever more daunting in a heavily regulated environment, where each bit of data is subject to specific rules and compliance parameters governing how documents are created, modified, stored and migrated. Perhaps nowhere is this environment more challenging than in Life Sciences, where everything is watched, the rules are strict, no wiggle room exists, and mistakes can Continue reading

Navigating the DIA 2014 Invasion of San Diego

Steve Scribner

Steve Scribner

More than 20 years experience in business strategy and implementation of Content Management in Life Sciences

San Diego is one of the beach and surfing capitols of the US that used to be a sleepy navyDIA 2014 town in times long past. I know – I was there. In just a few weeks, the Drug Information Association (DIA) will invade San Diego with a wave of over 7,000 people from Life Sciences attending their annual meeting.

Upon a deep review of the agenda for the conference, there are some significant threads that I recommend you check out. Each year, the DIA has tried to adjust the plans for this annual meeting to make it easier to cover; it is a very congested event. Now, the DIA Program Committee has organized the meeting into 20 parallel tracks and I have picked my favorites that I hope will yield for you the Continue reading

Key Trends in Promotional Management for Life Sciences Products

Patrick Emerson

Patrick Emerson

Patrick is the Vice President, Channels & Alliances – Americas, and focuses on how trends, technologies, and products impact the channel in the Americas and globally.

It’s not surprising that our partners have a finger on the pulse of our key verticals, especially when just last week we announced some of the innovations that they are driving across these industries. I’m pleased to share some insights from EMC Certified Solution partner, Paragon Solutions, who was our Innovation Award Winner for Outstanding Industry Solution for Life Sciences. In this blog, Ameern Datoo, Principal Consultant, provides four key trends in the Life Sciences industry, and specifically the hot topic of promotional materials management.

Key Trends in Promotional Management for Life Sciences Products

Paragon EMC Certified Solution ListingAmeen Datoo, Principal Consultant, Paragon Solutions

Ameen Datoo joined Paragon in 2006. He specializes in streamlining content management for life sciences clients.

It’s a contradiction inherent in the life sciences industry: The faster a drug can be developed, tested, approved, promoted and marketed, the greater the opportunities for maximum profits. Yet every step of that process requires a level of Continue reading

The “Oops” Moment

Patrick Emerson

Patrick Emerson

Patrick is the Vice President, Channels & Alliances – Americas, and focuses on how trends, technologies, and products impact the channel in the Americas and globally.

We’ve all had that sinking feeling in our stomachs when we realize that something we did, or didn’t do, is going to cause an issue. But those “oops” moments can usually be resolved with a simple apology or extra effort to resolve the problem. This isn’t always true when it comes to managing information. Read the following insights from EMC Certified Solution partner, enChoice, to learn the ramifications of – and more importantly how to avoid – critical “oops” moments.

The “Oops” Moment

Mike Fernandes, enChoiceMike Fernandes, VP, Products, enChoice
Mike Fernandes has over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry encompassing the management of IT departments, online banking hosting centers, and B2B support organizations.

How’s this for a nightmare scenario?

A major bank loses hundreds of loan applications due to an administrative error, forcing a shutdown of its enterprise content management (ECM) system repository—followed by an only partially successful attempt to Continue reading