Post-Event Coverage: Documentum users within Life Sciences industry

May 2, 2014

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Last week a collection of experts in the Life Sciences arena, together with global Life Sciences organizations, gathered in the heart of Pharma country - Princeton, New Jersey - to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to Advanced Rendering as a shared service in Life Sciences.

As the hosts of the seminar, Advanced Rendering as an Enterprise Service, Adlib’s PDF experts, together with our partners CSC and Generis, delivered technical presentations and concluded with a live demo of how Adlib integrates with EMC Documentum.

The 3 fundamentals of Advanced Rendering for Life Sciences

I moderated the event, while John Hanrahan, Principal of Life Sciences practice at Adlib, kicked off the discussion by identifying the 3 fundamentals of Advanced Rendering for Life Sciences:

  • Quality
  • Performance and Management
  • Enterprise Architecture

The panelists and participants then embarked on an interactive conversation about how these fundamental elements help companies comply with regulations, minimize risk and deliver essential functionality across multiple lines of business to accelerate document workflows.

It was interesting to see a number of other interesting topics emerge during the course of the panel discussions. Here is a synopsis of some of those:

  • The importance of file compression not only for reduced storage costs, but also to address the need for speed when sharing content across networks, geographies and devices
  • Archiving and the use of PDF/A as the global standard for long-term document storage
  • Cloud and its growing importance for both cost-effective storage and as workspace enabling collaboration “beyond the firewall”

The business user role becoming more prominent within technology strategy

Another key topic that was of interest was related to the growing role of the business user within the overall technology strategy, including:

  • The use of configurable business rules driven by the metadata flowing out of the documents and repositories that the end users are living in
  • Utilizing an environment that is transparent to the end users and is based on a configurable architecture that avoids the need for customization that kicks off costly re-validation processes

What this means is that business users want further control of the data residing in the repositories to maximize their usage.

Adlib’s high-performance partnerships do it again

With multiple challenges around, most IT providers need to develop and work within a partner eco-system to provide a wholesome solution. We try to follow the same principle to ensure that our customers have a seamless experience. For this reason, we had invited CSC & Generis to be part of the panel so that the audience could understand the complete story.

Laura Timbrook from CSC talked about the proliferation of sub-par PDF creation tools which are generating poor-quality PDFs coming into Life Sciences organizations. This causes delay in submission and other processes since files need to be fixed or re-rendered using quality tools like Adlib PDF.

James Kelleher, CEO of Generis then provided some excellent ideas around the use of Advanced Rendering’s comprehensive capabilities to not only render content to high-quality PDF but also to merge, stamp and to increase the overall value of the output. He talked about the use of Advanced Rendering for applications beyond submissions publishing, including Manufacturing (GxP) and Regulatory Correspondence.

To conclude the seminar, Jon Halbert, Product Manager at Adlib, discussed the different integration options between Adlib and EMC Documentum. Jon’s demo of Adlib PDF showcased how the 3 fundamentals of Advanced Rendering – Quality, Performance & Management and Enterprise Architecture – were applied in a live environment.

I wrapped up the event by discussing options for attendees on how to continue the dialogue with the panelists. The attendees then hung around, discussing their individual scenarios with the panelists and other experts.

All in all, it was a terrific morning and Adlib, the partners and the audience members all took something new back to the office with them.

You can check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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