Regulatory constraints hit your IT!
In a GxP relevant environment IT must be defined according to the regulatory requirements. Following the rules (based on ICH, GCP, GAMP, etc.), generates a significant amount of work. The reasons being:
- setting it up is time consuming
- keeping it up-to-date requires continuous review and adaption
- establishing audit readiness is a given task and very demanding
Use elderbrook’s knowledge and experience to be prepared and achieve a comfort zone in IT.
An obvious benefit of moving to the IaaS model is lower infrastructure costs. No longer do organizations have the responsibility of ensuring uptime, maintaining hardware and networking equipment, or replacing old equipment. IaaS also saves enterprises from having to buy more capacity to deal with sudden business spikes.
Scalability and flexibility
One of the greatest benefits of IaaS is the ability to scale up and down quickly in response to an enterprise’s requirements. This on-demand scalability provides added flexibility and greater agility to respond to changing opportunities and requirements.
Faster time to market
Competition is strong in every sector, and time to market is one of the best ways to beat the competition. Because IaaS provides elasticity and scalability, organizations can ramp up and get the job done more rapidly.
Support for DR, BC and high availability
While every enterprise has some type of disaster recovery plan, the technology behind these plans is often expensive and unwieldy. Organizations with several disparate locations often have different disaster recovery and business continuity plans and technologies, making management virtually impossible. IaaS provides a consolidated disaster recovery infrastructure, reducing costs and increasing manageability. If disaster strikes, employees can access the same infrastructure they have always accessed via an Internet connection, from wherever they happen to be. This includes email, web servers and critical applications. The result: quick recovery with no loss of data.
Focus on business growth
Time, money and energy spent making technology decisions and hiring staff to manage and maintain the technology infrastructure is time not spent on growing business. By moving infrastructure to a service-based model, organizations can focus their time and resources where they belong.
Organizations using PaaS techniques have reported operational savings of up to 50% compared to having individual project teams manage their own siloed technology stacks. The cost savings most commonly come from standardized and consolidated resources (e.g. servers). Fewer elements (servers, storage, network components) all mean reduced capital expenditure. Fewer elements also means reduced operating expenditure due to gained efficiency in managing a consolidated environment rather than a multitude of siloed systems each with their own database.
Organizations are able to more rapidly deploy environments (e.g. testing and production). In some cases, the provisioning, configuration, and integration of a platform can take up the majority of an application production schedule. PaaS lets applications get into the hands of testers and end-users nearly as fast as they can be developed. Also, when application workloads fluctuate, PaaS can be scaled out and in to better accommodate supply and demand.
Fewer elements coupled with standardization of operating systems, servers, software versions, and configurations makes for an easier to manage and more reliable environment. PaaS may be more entirely described as a standardized, shared and elastically scalable deployment platform delivered as a service. The platform typically includes database and middleware, as well as development, management, security and integration capabilities, all delivered as a service. PaaS enables organizations to consolidate existing applications on a shared, common architecture, as well as leveraging the shared services provided by the platform. When fully implemented, PaaS delivers:
- Rapid (near real-time) capacity provisioning in comparison to physical servers
- Highly optimized application to server ratios and the ability to turn off spare capacity
- Cross-domain monitoring and proactive alerting
- Coarse or fine grained metering facilities to establish usage parameters for PaaS tenants
Most organizations will see a reduction in costs and an increase in agility once they start implementing PaaS solutions. Organizations that will benefit the most often have one or more of the following characteristics:
- Considerable over-provisioned infrastructure. Data center consolidation efforts can be the catalyst to begin to adopt PaaS techniques.
- Difficulty aligning application utilization with stakeholders. Across a large portfolio, PaaS will provide better metrics support for usage and chargeback.
- High operational costs. The net reduction of administrators for a set of applications has a measurable impact on the bottom line.
Reduced time to benefit
Different from the traditional model, in SaaS the software (application) is already installed and configured. The user has the advantage of provisioning the server in the cloud and in a couple of hours they can have the application ready for use. This reduces the time spent with installation and configuration, and may reduce the issues that can get in the way of software deployment.
SaaS reduces costs since it usually resides in a shared or multitenant environment where the hardware and software license costs are low compared with a traditional model. Maintenance costs are reduced as well, since the SaaS provider owns the environment and it is split among all customers that use that solution.
Scalability and integration
Usually, SaaS solutions reside in cloud environments that are scalable and are capable of being integrated with other SaaS offerings. In comparison to a more traditional model, SaaS users do not have to buy another server or software. They only need to enable a new SaaS offering and, in terms of server capacity planning, the SaaS provider will own that.
New releases (upgrades)
When SaaS providers upgrade the software solution, it becomes readily available for their customers. Costs and effort associated with upgrades and new releases are lower than the traditional model that usually forces the user to buy an upgrade package and install it, or pay for specialized services to get the environment upgraded.
Simple implementation of “proof of concepts”
SaaS offerings are easy to use since they already come with best practices and samples included. Users can check the proof of concepts and test the software functionality or a new release feature in advance. Also, users can have more than one instance with different versions and so enable a smooth migration. Even for large environments, users can use SaaS offerings to test the software before buying it.
Managing the lifecycle of SOPs is a demanding and time consuming task. elderbrook solutions can help you:
- Manage, create, update and release SOPs
- Ensure formal requirements and change history are fulfilled
- Support for deadline management
- Leveraging of ready-to-use templates
With elderbrook’s SOPs management you can reduce costs and improve SOP readiness.