Pharmaceuticals and Technology: Supporting Innovation and Scale
Digital transformation initiatives, complex data models, sophisticated analytics and compute capabilities, cloud first strategies, legacy applications migration, cybersecurity threats and, more recently, business continuity planning—these are just some of the challenges and opportunities that pharmaceutical and BioTech firms must deal with in order to innovate and improve population health. These and other business imperatives are driving fast, disruptive change in organizations’ IT operations.
A foundational component necessary to enable global pharmaceutical teams is an enterprise-wide network that is flexible, scales seamlessly with evolving project demands, is secure, and delivers on performance. “Adaptive networking” is the collection of software-defined functions that together deliver high-performance, flexible, and secure connectivity that is key to achieving pharmaceutical’s top objectives.
Adaptive networking components include software defined WAN (SD-WAN); hybrid networks that merge internet virtual private network (VPN) and private VPNs; flexible bandwidth, particularly bandwidth on demand; dynamic WAN ports into data centers and clouds; network functions virtualization (NFV); and Data Access on Demand (DAoD) capabilities. Leading pharmaceutical organizations are increasingly integrating these solutions into their IT strategies to meet their accelerating IT needs, and are becoming more nimble and cost effective.
A recent survey by market research firm Ovum, sponsored by CenturyLink, highlighted the following improvements noted by pharmaceutical organizations that have leveraged adaptive networking technologies:
- 37% saw cost savings in utilizing hybrid networking
- 44% saw improved resilience and security using SD-WAN
- 41% saw better performance with flexible bandwidth
Adaptive networking technologies are ideally suited to the global and project phased approach central to pharmaceutical workflows, particularly those that require network and/or compute resources on an on-demand or time bound basis, including:
- Clinical trial roll-out, electronic data capture, data management and data analysis
- Supply chain management and product lifecycle management tools
- Enterprise management software and workflow systems; LIMS, CTMS, CDMS, and SDMS
- Computational platforms
- Business and predictive analytics tools
Learn how CenturyLink’s flexible, scalable and secure network can enhance digital transformation and business innovation for your organization.
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