Cloud-based portal enables secure, external collaboration
Boston, US & London, UK, January 18, 2016 – IDBS has unveiled E-WorkBook Connect, a secure portal enabling R&D organizations to collaborate with external partners. A module of IDBS’ flagship E-WorkBook software, the cloud-based tool provides a safe space for users to coordinate project activities, handle complex assay data and documents, and discuss or review content.
Dr. Scott Weiss, Senior Director Product Management, IDBS, said, “Increasingly our customers find themselves managing multiple collaborative relationships with partners, and keeping on top of externalized workflows and data has become imperative. E-WorkBook Connect provides them with a secure, virtualized environment where they can work with their partners outside of the corporate firewall, without exposing their internal records. This form of data exchange protects IP and has proven very efficient in getting projects off the ground speedily.”
An extension of E-WorkBook, the Connect module provides a single place for teams to work together with collaborators, to collect and generate IP in a neutral environment. The tool will feed data from third-parties back into internal corporate systems, without granting access to private corporate content, to ensure security and efficiency in transferring research data. Users benefit from time savings and a reduction in the errors often associated with traditional methods of transcribing external data.
“The R&D sector across all industries is seeing growing demand for collaboration and outsourcing, in a bid to drive innovation and reduce costs,” said Scott. “As organizations open themselves up to data sharing and working with external partners, a secure cloud portal overcomes corporate firewall issues, while ensuring IP is protected. In this new era of externalization, we expect to see demand for solutions like E-WorkBook Connect grow exponentially, as savvy R&D organizations seek out scalable, secure and simple tools to facilitate hosted, collaborative environments.”
Delivered via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), E-WorkBook Connect makes it easy to set up new projects and create teams that combine existing E-WorkBook users and external parties. Its simple to use interface ensures new users can quickly get up to speed and start collaborating without either party worrying about the supporting technology.
IDBS is a leading global provider of advanced software for research and development (R&D) organizations to securely capture, manage, share and exploit structured and unstructured data. Our technology and domain expertise enable users to link data to data, data to people and people to people to drive innovation, achieve faster time to market and improve margins. Our diverse customer list includes R&D driven international companies in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agricultural sciences, chemicals, consumer goods, energy, engineering, food and beverage, and healthcare.
Founded in 1989, IDBS is headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices across Europe, Asia and the United States. IDBS remains a privately held company employing over 250 staff across the world and serving over 50,000 researchers in 25 countries – including over 80% of the top twenty pharmaceutical companies.