While medical professionals love smartphones and tablets such as the iPad, CIOs in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industry must balance the security requirements of a successful bring your own device policy with compliance and security obligations.
Cloud computing is just beginning to make an impact in the areas of research, development, clinical trial management and healthcare information exchanges. Box reduces dependence on internal IT infrastructures and helps companies move away from capital expenditures or CAPEX-intensive deployments to an operating expenditure/pay-as-you-go business model.
Pharmaceutical and life sciences most commonly use Box for the following purposes:
- External partner collaboration. Many companies using SharePoint find it difficult to maintain credentials for external partners within Active Directory. Box can support external collaboration projects for marketing, clinical trials and projects.
- Mobility. Physicians and pharmaceutical reps often rely on iPads to share information with patients and constituents. Box is a key part of a successful “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) strategy, as it integrates with hundreds of mobile productivity applications and integrates with your mobile device management (MDM) solution.
- Merger and acquisition (M&A) deal rooms. Using Box, teams can actively share the most current information and contracts for companies involved in mergers and acquisitions. Box makes sure everyone is on the same page and version.
- IT upgrade/consolidation. Box frees you from the constraints of legacy applications and FTP servers, so you and your clients can access and review time-sensitive work outside the firewall and on mobile devices.
Box benefits for this environment include:
- Dramatically improved filed rep productivity
- More agile research and collaboration within and between organizations
- Greater alignment around content and projects
- Easy integration with hundreds of applications including Jive, NetSuite, Google Docs, Eloqua and more
- Strong security for regulated environments