R&D plays a pivotal role in nearly every industry around the world, but many organisations continually face the same recurring data challenges, caused by outdated processes and infrastructure, that hamper overall research efficiency.
“A lot of organisations still store research findings in local spreadsheets or disparate data silos, while error prone manual integration and poorly contextualised data creates barriers that significantly slow down time to insight,” says Alberto. “As a result, up to 40 percent of researchers’ time is spent on admin, leaving little time to extract insights. Worse than that, only four percent of data is typically used in most organisations, meaning important findings are almost certainly being missed every day.”
IDBS’s solutions, such as its market leading E-Workbook and new Polar platform, are designed to solve these endemic data challenges. Built on the company’s three core pillars of Workflow, Integration, and Insights, they streamline data collection and R&D processes, helping to bring life-changing new pharmaceuticals to market much faster than previously possible.
“Solutions like E-WorkBook empower R&D organisations by replacing old processes and disparate spreadsheets with much more efficient ways of working, collaborating and sharing,” adds Alberto. “Not only does it simplify digital data collection in a safe and compliant manner, but it also gives researchers the tools needed to immediately start interrogating their findings, collaborate with others and share key insights for further review.”
Central to this process is Tableau embedded analytics, which IDBS uses to underpin the ‘insights’ pillar of its solution, putting intuitive self-service analytics directly into the hands of researchers.
“A lot of self-service analytics solutions are too complicated to use for people who aren’t data experts themselves, which usually results in low uptake amongst target users,” says Alberto. “We believe that anyone, regardless of expertise, should be able to do advanced analytics, which requires hiding the technology’s complexities and presenting users with a tool that’s simple to use, but also powerful enough to perform complex analysis. Tableau embedded analytics allows us to do just that, facilitating data access, reporting, visualisation, exploration, searches and advanced data interrogation, all in real-time via the same intuitive interface.”
Tableau’s highly visual nature further enhances its appeal amongst customers, offering a huge variety of dashboards and graphical options to help researchers quickly spot small data anomalies and molecular outliers that could lead to a major scientific breakthrough.
“The business impact is huge, both for us and our customers,” continues Alberto. “Together with Tableau, we can unleash the power of scientific data and create tools which make a direct positive impact on all laboratories using IDBS solutions around the world.”