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BEA Systems, Inc., has won a contract with one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. BEA WebLogic Server will provide AstraZenaca with an open platform for application delivery. Discovery Information Systems was the division of AstraZeneca involved the BEA deal. In announcing the agreement, Discovery IS technical architect and application server component manager Neil Chadwick explained how he'd taken advice from industry analysts and reviewed a broad range of solutions capable of providing an open platform for application delivery before deciding on BEAWebLogic Server. "When compared to alternative application servers, BEA WebLogic Server was clearly the most appropriate solution for our business," he said. WebLogic Server will form part of the platform to integrate research data from across AstraZeneca Discovery's ten global sites, enabling the data to ... (more)

Are Enterprises Ready for Cloud Computing?

Barry Lynn's Blog There have been multiple white papers and articles written by analysts - Is Cloud Computing Ready for the Enterprise? The question is asked so many times now - Is Cloud Computing ready for the enterprise? So, I have to ask - Is the enterprise ready for Cloud Computing? I’ll start this discourse with a few PC and sincere comments (the two are not mutually exclusive unless one is running for political office). First, I love Corporate CIOs and IT managers (not in a romantic way, of course, but with great admiration). Second, they have the most difficult jobs in the corporate universe. They are the brains and the central nervous systems of large enterprises. They are also the most taken for granted of all executives. They represent cost centers who get no credit for their corporations’ profits, while keeping the corporation alive. If they achieve 99.99%... (more)

Cloud Based Email Delivering Savings

Cloud based email services are not new but the adoption of these services within large organizations, borh private and government, is on the rise.  Just this week the NZ postal system announced that it has agreed to move all of its Microsoft applications to Google.  The savings are definitely there but privacy concerns may be something that will raise concerns for NZ citizens.  All of the data will be stored on US based clouds. Several  large pharmaceutical clients have also made the switch to Google and even Microsoft online offerings.  In total over 110,000 email clients have moved from pharma corporate systems to online cloud based systems for just email and scheduling alone. Over the coming months, cloudIMPACT will be following the success of some of these implementations and providing the results. ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Oracle Focuses on Life Sciences at OpenWorldLeading Software Solutions Provider Helps Biosciences, Genomic, Pharmaceutical Firms

(San Francisco) –Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld's inaugural Life Sciences Day on December 4, Lawrence J. Ellison, chairman and CEO of Oracle Corporation, extolled the life sciences industry for engineering quantum leaps in scientific knowledge and drug therapy, and reaffirmed Oracle's long-standing commitment to facilitate the valuable research and discovery efforts of biosciences, genomic and pharmaceutical companies. Working with leaders in the life sciences field for more than a decade, Oracle has developed an integrated, end-to-end information-management solution to meet needs of this rapidly growing industry. With more than 65 per cent of life sciences companies running Oracle technology -- including Fortune 500's top 10 pharmaceutical/biotech companies -- Oracle is uniquely positioned to support the massively data-intensive lifecycles of new products, and enabl... (more)

TEXTML By IxiaSoft

Over the past year I've worked on a few projects that involved document encoding to XML. I don't think I'm alone. Since the evolution of XML, many IT departments have been looking for a way to archive all that rich, marked-up content. This month I had the opportunity to use IxiaSoft Inc.'s TEXTML Server. Simply put, TEXTML is an XML content server used specifically to index, store, and retrieve XML documents. Included are development tools designed to enable shops to come up with their own proprietary solutions for storing their XML documents. According to IxiaSoft, TEXTML Server is the first embeddable XML database designed for shops and developers of XML applications such as WAP, B2B, B2C, and CRM. As a bonus, the server allows the storage of any binary file. TEXTML Server can store and retrieve pictures, video, and sound. I was able to easily retrieve binary fil... (more)

Orchestration: The Missing Link

Tools to create Web services and to put Web services "wrappers" around existing software features are proliferating rapidly. But tools to help enterprises keep track of these new components remain relatively rare. Earlier this year Greg Clark, chief operating officer of E2open, described such tools for managing Web services as the biggest missing aspect of Web services. At the time he saw relatively few solutions. E2open, a venture capital and industry-backed collaboration network for high-tech and electronics manufacturers, is building its infrastructure on XML Web services for easier integration with the many legacy systems its owners and clients use. Since then, both startups and established software tool vendors that provide similar features for other software components are moving to offer these "orchestration" capabilities for Web services. But the tools remai... (more)

Mobile Information Management: Mobile Device Primer

There are three critical questions you must consider when investigating mobile synchronization and data-management solutions. Mobile devices are entering the corporate enterprise in two distinct ways. The first is through the traditional IT infrastructure in which IT managers standardize a device and distribute it to employees. However, because of the low costs generally associated with PDAs, many employees are buying their own devices, bringing them into the corporate infrastructure, and asking IT to support them. This second method of entry is an unnerving prospect for many IT managers because it makes implementing mobile device hardware standards difficult. In reality, even if IT selects a single PDA platform, employee demand will dictate that they'll have to support other devices too. No matter how PDAs enter the corporate enterprise, IT has little control over ... (more)

Lowering Health Care Costs Out-of-the-Box

The restrictions placed on the use of wireless devices within hospitals didn't stop this company from deploying a handheld system that would address the leading contributors to escalating health care costs and accidental patient deaths: lack of secure access to clinical data and inability to document and reduce adverse drug reactions and medical errors. Even as legislators and health care leaders attempt to finalize privacy and security parameters associated with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations, hospitals across the nation are moving forward with technology projects to address a myriad of demands: from the government to increase accountability; from consumers to lower costs; and from within their own industry to facilitate information-sharing. Each of these demands is expected to be met, while still protecting patient confiden... (more)

Talking with Sharon Nunes

Jack Martin, editor-in-chief of WSDJ, recently spoke with Dr. Sharon Nunes, IBM's director of Life Sciences Solution development, about how pharmaceutical companies are handling the rapid growth of information in drug development. WSDJ: How did IBM get involved in the pharmaceutical industries and what type of problem were you trying to solve? Sharon Nunes: In the mid '90s, IBM Research was collaborating on a few joint projects with pharmaceutical companies in the area of drug design and in the area of creating algorithms for pattern discovery and pattern matching. These algorithms helped researchers find patterns in the gene sequences that were coming out of the Human Genome project. There wasn't a huge amount of data at that time compared to what we have today, but we realized that they were generating huge amounts of data. IBM has always been engaged with pharma... (more)

IBM Life Sciences Framework

Pharmaceutical companies are facing the challenge of improving the productivity of the drug discovery and clinical trials process, creating and sharing knowledge across the silos of that process, and integrating applications and data in enterprise-wide development efforts. Biotech, research, and medical organizations face similar challenges of collaboration and sharing of applications and data. To help address these challenges, the IBM Life Sciences Framework uses industry-standard technologies (J2EE, XML, Web services, etc.) and protocols and data representations from standards efforts such as the I3C (Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium), OMG-LSR (Object Management Group-Life Sciences Research), HL7 (Health Level 7), and the Bio* projects. The framework addresses the integration of applications, data, and user interfaces. The Convergence of Life ... (more)