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Why digital transformation (DX) is the engine powering advancements in the life sciences industry.

The life sciences ecosystem encompasses organisations from big pharma to biotech start-up, third sector to private equity / VC, all ultimately striving to positively impact people's lives and deliver tangible patient outcomes in an increasingly complex health environment. However, in this digital age, their noble work risks diminishing returns if technological progression is not embraced, and DX is not adopted - after all, no one wants to get left behind.
Adoption of Cloud environments and implementation of Software-defined Networks delivers immensely powerful compute and storage resource, resilient infrastructure that is easy to manage through a single pane of glass. Service-chaining cyber security into this integrated stack of technologies is described as a Software Defined Digital Platform (SD-DP), and it is the essential toolkit for successful DX. For tech leaders in life sciences, examining other industries' application of the SD-DP, and exploring the lessons that can be learned from this, can be extremely valuable.

What can be learnt from other sector's DX journeys?

Take accountancy: an industry well-known for its work in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), Cloud facilitates the integration of systems and swathes of data this specialism entails, as well as enabling seamless communication throughout the project. Integration is essential to successful M&A deals and for the life sciences, which has unparalleled M&A activity involving mountains of sensitive and highly complex data, this presents a huge challenge. Leveraging Cloud and systems integrators will smooth that transition, increasing time-to-market. This appeals to the companies involved, their staff and SLTs, and the investors.

Elsewhere, the legal sector benefits from zero-touch global Network deployment that dramatically increases operational efficiency, insight and security. Moreover, rather than carrying around huge briefcases of case notes to court, they access their files securely on an iPad using secure caching technology. The same technology is used in the media sector to transfer, back-up and collaborate on huge image files globally without clogging up the WAN bandwidth we file transfers. It's easy to see how that approach can be used to work on big data sets by a globally dispersed workforce in life sciences.

The importance of data

Through a multi-pronged DX approach, Cloud technology can be used to handle and process data. The value of a robust and reliable network here ensures that data is transmitted swiftly and securely; and unified communications support the discussions of this valuable data with venture capitalists and other private equity investors who are looking to invest their capital in the space.

Our SD-DP delivers all of the above by integrating core, cloud and edge computing resource, bonded with SD-WAN and SD-Data Centre, to form an underlying advanced network that enables data to flow freely, securely, between multiple clouds. Regulation and compliance is satisfied by the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) monitoring the traffic and clouds – an absolute necessity where confidential information is handled.

It's this next generation of technology that increases agility and productivity, future-proofing life science organisations and driving innovation that will be essential for companies in the industry to survive in the digital age. By partnering with the right supplier, organisations gain not only data storage and security, but also data analytics that can accelerate the development of new treatments.

All of this ensures that the life sciences ecosystem can maximise its power to make ground-breaking discoveries, save countless human lives, affecting positive change in the world in the process.

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