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Top Considerations for Building a Lab-to-Cloud Workflow

October 28, 2022

Since March 2020, cloud adoption has accelerated at an unprecedented rate and across every industry. With the pandemic ushering in the work-from-home era, the ability of organizations to collaborate remotely has become paramount, placing a higher-than-ever premium on cloud technology. 

This shift to the cloud has taken different forms for different industries. For life science organizations, one example is the enormous volumes of clinical data generated in lab settings that need to be shared globally to cloud-based repositories, and made accessible to myriad remote stakeholders. Any organization hoping to extract immediate value from this data is tasked with building a lab-to-cloud data workflow that is scalable, has integrity, and allows for granular control and oversight of valuable clinical data.

Here are some critical considerations for organizations building lab-to-cloud workflows.

Have You Established the Scope of Your Data Validation?

Clinical research today involves mountains of data from a wide variety of sources. Much of that data must be validated when uploaded to the cloud. But some of it does not – and it’s up to each organization to determine what data to include in their validation efforts. 

On the one hand, if an organization fails to validate enough of its data, they risk compliance violations and compromised data integrity. On the other hand, validating data that doesn’t need it constitutes a highly inefficient use of resources, which can slow progress and extend trial timelines. 

How will you set parameters around what data does and doesn’t need validation? How will your lab-to-cloud workflow provide visibility to separate the two categories easily? These are critical questions for organizations to answer as they move from paper-based or on-premise electronic data management to the cloud.

Are All of Your Teams on the Same Page?

Building an effective lab-to-cloud workflow is a multi-team process. But distrust among teams at life science organizations is a pervasive issue that can seriously undermine progress toward smooth adoption. 

As just one example: Many life science organizations have seen tensions build between their IT and QA teams when creating their lab-to-cloud workflows. IT accuses QA of not fully appreciating cloud technology's complexities; QA responds by accusing IT of failing to grasp the breadth and nuance of compliance considerations. This tension produces negative downstream outcomes for the entire organization, from regulatory risks, extended trial timelines, and poor data integrity. 

Before making concrete decisions about how to approach cloud adoption – what vendors to partner with, what workflows to implement – ask yourself: Are my IT and QA teams on the same page and working toward a common goal? If not, what do I need to do to change that?

Are You On Top of Data Control Issues?

Central to data integrity in the cloud computing era are two fundamental questions:

  1. Who can access and control the content you’re storing in the cloud?
  2. Where are you storing your data, and how does that change based on factors such as its type or access permissions?

These issues are often overlooked but will only become more pressing as cloud adoption progresses across the life sciences. To address them, organizations must ensure that their lab-to-cloud workflows include concrete standards around data access permissions and storage practices. At stake is their ability to uphold data integrity and compliance when collaborating remotely.

Building Your Lab-to-Cloud Workflow

This article has posed several questions organizations must consider when building their lab-to-cloud workflows. Nathan McBride, former Vice President of IT at Affinivax, holds many of the keys to answering those questions. 

During Egnyte’s recent Life Sciences Summit, Nathan shared a scalable, detailed, multi-level model for establishing data validation protocols, zeroing in on data that needs validation, and ensuring data integrity – all while strengthening data security – as you shift critical data workflows to the cloud. 

Watch the recorded session for an up-close look at Nathan’s powerful model – and for concrete, actionable guidance on how you can build your lab-to-cloud workflow.

We’re Building a New CRM Integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 - Beta Coming Soon

January 10, 2020

Customers are the cornerstone of any company, which is why customer relationship management (CRM) tools have become essential for today’s digital enterprise. With this in mind, Egnyte is building out integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 as part of our ongoing efforts to extend our CRM integrations.

Egnyte’s Dynamics 365 integration will soon be available in beta mode and is part of our ongoing efforts to align with Microsoft tools. We currently offer integrations with Microsoft’s Office 365, Teams, Power Automate, and SharePoint.

Egnyte for Dynamics 365 provides a central location to manage and organize all CRM-related documents and records. Egnyte users can upload, access, and share CRM files and folders directly from their Egnyte web interface, which is embedded within Dynamics 365 accounts. This eliminates the challenges of having multiple documents in different places and allows for easy collaboration for those inside and outside the organization.

This integration not only allows for easy content management, but enhanced security and increased storage capacity. It also helps companies save money. One of the reasons Egnyte built integration with Salesforce CRM years ago was that Salesforce storage costs were often redundant due to Engyte’s storage offerings.

With Egnyte and Dynamics 365, organizations can:

  • Give sales teams anytime, anywhere access to the files they need through the Egnyte Web interface, which is embedded within the Dynamics 365 environment.
  • Enhance collaboration by sharing Egnyte files and folders from Dynamics 365, even with those who don’t have a Dynamics 365 license.
  • Easily organize client files with Egnyte folders created for each Dynamics 365 lead, opportunity, and customer record.
  • And more

Our Dynamics 365 integration is yet another step toward helping our customers build a powerful, collaborative, and secure platform, designed specifically for their business.


To learn more about the Egnyte and Microsoft partnership, please click here.  

Check back to see when you can try out Microsoft Dynamics.  

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