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Ten Reasons Why Pharmaceutical is Moving to the Cloud

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The increasing need to develop better quality personalised drugs has added to the pre-existing complexities of healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Considering the amount of energy, research and resources pharmaceutical companies employ in bringing the medicines to the market, they certainly need reliable and fast technological solution so that they can swiftly move forward.  Despite sturdy budgets and timeframes, the pharmaceutical industry is expected to encounter a big boom in coming future. You would be surprised to know that the clinical trial market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% from 2016 to 2021 as per a forecast by MarketsandMarkets.

It will not be a matter of surprise if pharmaceutical companies are considering changing their business models and drifting towards the Cloud ERP solutions in order to cope with dynamic demands.  The global healthcare cloud computing market, valued at $4.5 billion in 2016, will reach $9.5 billion by 2020; the reason is simple and clear- cost effective and performance enhancing ‘cloud first’ mentality is taking over the entire pharmaceutical industry. Here are the top ten undeniable reasons that justify the adoption of cloud ERP for the healthcare industry.

1 Significant Improvement in Costs: The excessive pursuance of maintaining high-quality standards and superior hygiene makes the pharma company owners spend more than their profit margins. Deploying Cloud ERP leads to potential productivity savings, together with the operational savings due to quick implementation without any additional hardware or its maintenance cost.

2 Efficient Data Security: Pharma companies hold vast amounts of sensitive data, including intellectual property and patient information. Hence, protecting such vital information is paramount to their business survival. Cloud’s advanced security tools like approvals, combination passwords, firewalls, and cache patterns help companies to protect their intellectual property.

3 Flexibility: Pharmaceutical companies have several tasks like sample and vendor management that needs data access from offsite locations. Cloud’s ‘plug-in and play’ solution allow companies to avail the services they require at any location and on any device like tablets and mobile phones at a much cheaper cost.

4 Enhanced Data Storage: Being a data intense sector, the pharmaceutical industry is expected to encounter a data explosion in the near future. The local servers have the limitation of restricted storage space and the IT department has to struggle constantly to manage and make more storage space for maintaining histories about drug’s formula and consistency, their quality and pricing details, along with reports on processes and products.  However, the sky is the limit for cloud allowing unlimited data storage that too with anytime anywhere availability.

5 Timely Agility: Pharmaceutical industry’s complex processes compel them to be operational, both on-premise legacy solutions and on-cloud ERP simultaneously.  This calls to adopt an approach, which is convenient and seamless across the new domains as and when required– from on-premise and cloud, to mobile-device with greater agility than ever before.

6 Data Intensive R&D: What life sciences product manufacturers need is an innovative way to handle the new business paradigm as per the shift of timelines and budgets.  The old-school concept of a typical drug lifecycle, which took ten years from discovery to approvals and finally making space at the chemist’s shelves is absolutely not feasible now. One needs extensive R&D work performed by the researchers in a much shorter span of time, which is made possible today by Cloud ERP in the form of a single source of information over the cloud database.

7 On-demand Scalability: Most of the drugs manufacturing projects fluctuate in terms of budget, resources, and team, hence they need the ability to quickly scale as per the need of the hour. Cloud ERP grants pharmaceutical companies greater control over their scalability potential so that resources and teams can quickly be scaled up or down depending on the project’s need.

8 Advanced Analytics Capabilities: Since today’s pharma industry have many prominent players, a thorough market analysis and most recent trend analysis becomes a dire necessity for small business owners to secure their position. The cloud-based analytical tools such as Artificial intelligence enabled business analytics helps you lay hands on the most crucial information even before your counterparts; thus giving you an additional competitive edge.

9 Real-time Visibility: Tracking inventory movements from one warehouse to another and from contractor to your base location in real time is the biggest challenge for pharmaceuticals manufacturers as drugs and vaccines are of highly perishable nature and subsequent arrangements have to be made for their safe transition. Cloud-based ERP solution helps to keep a bird’s eye view over entire supply chain movements and in turn enabling meeting cGMP requirements.

10 Regulated Contract Manufacturing: It is imperative to manage the data for in-house and outsourced clinical trials and cumbersome sample management by third-party manufacturers. Cloud-based data management tools simplify the collaboration processes between partnering companies, eliminating issues that often come from disparate IT systems of your more than one business partner.

Above is the crisp assemblage of Cloud-based ERP benefits for the pharmaceutical industry. There can be more and we are curious to hear from you. Drop your views and queries at You can even visit us @ We will get back to you shortly.



Sanjay Panjwani

I am Managing Director at BatchMaster Software India Pvt. Ltd., a leading vendor of ERP solutions in all the 7 continents. With over 30 years of presence in the ERP market & 1500+ customers situated all over the globe, BatchMaster is a mature organization of 200 plus employees.

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