Datatrial to Partner With Microsoft to Deliver Scalable Electronic Data Capture on the Windows Azure Platform

Published: Jun 24, 2013

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Boston, June 24, 2013—At the Drug Information Association (DIA) annual meeting, Datatrial Chief Executive Officer Emma Banks, PhD, announced that the eClinical solutions company will become the first Microsoft partner to run a fully validated electronic data capture (EDC) system on Windows Azure. Both companies are in attendance at DIA in Boston on June 24-27 to demonstrate how the Windows Azure platform hosts the nowEDC system in the cloud.

Datatrial will make full use of Windows Azure’s configurability to limit costs for customers using their nowEDC system. The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) approach will give Datatrial control over the setup and configuration of the system, as well as the installation of nowEDC.

“Windows Azure gives us the ability to deliver a cost-effective and scalable hosting solution to our customers, who will love the resilience of service and myriad of options when it comes to geographic location,” said Dr. Banks. “We also appreciate the capacity that Windows Azure offers for expansion and contraction as projects start and stop.”

As a cloud platform, Windows Azure allows for the quick building, deployment and management of applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. The platform supports the deployment and integration of systems built on multiple core frameworks and languages, and it is fully compliant with all the relevant industry regulations. In addition, the Microsoft infrastructure ensures a dependable approach to high availability, disaster recovery and backup management.

“We are excited to bring Windows Azure into the life sciences landscape alongside Datatrial,” said Andrea McGonigle, Managing Director of Life Science Solutions at Microsoft. “We feel that Windows Azure’s scalability and nowEDC’s flexibility will combine to form a powerful solution for companies seeking configurable electronic data capture.”

As a Microsoft Life Sciences Partner, Datatrial has collaborated extensively with Windows Azure developers to pave the way for seamless hosting of nowEDC on the Windows Azure platform. The support from Microsoft has been vital in forging a relationship that positions nowEDC on Windows Azure as a solution for clinical trial data collection.

“We view this partnership as a game-changer within our industry, and we take a lot of pride in being the first validated EDC system in Windows Azure,” said Dr. Banks. “We are eager to use Windows Azure for our future customers, and we are fully confident that our partnership with Microsoft will only extend our ability to assist our customers in fulfilling their clinical objectives.”

About Datatrial

Datatrial is a boutique clinical data organization that provides the reliability of a big company, but the personalized service and flexibility of a more nimble provider. With more than 10 years of experience, we can design and deliver your study with insight and expertise, whether you want it conducted in paper or through our own innovative eClinical technologies. We offer thorough data management and bio-statistical services, as well as a suite of bespoke software, consulting and training options. Through our exceptional service delivery and a deep understanding of data best practices, we make clinical studies less of a trial.

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