Life Sciences

Reasons Behind CTMS Migrations Vary But Same Considerations Apply

On June 24, 2020, Param Singh, Perficient’s director of clinical trial operations solutions, will host a webinar on clinical trial management system (CTMS) migrations. He’ll explore the various reasons companies decide to migrate to new solutions and the different methods of migrating legacy data.

As you might expect, the bulk of the CTMS work we see revolves around migrations compared to new implementations. That’s because the CTMS market is relatively mature. Organizations with products on the market have had CTMS solutions in place for many years. That’s not to say startup life sciences organizations aren’t adopting CTMS solutions – they are. In fact, we just stood up a super-innovative biotech with a CTMS from a vendor that was recognized by its investors right off the bat.

I want to share a real-life example of why one of our clients, a large pharmaceutical company, decided to decommission a CTMS—a very good one I might add—that it had been using successfully for some years. The company acquired several complementary organizations, and with each one came its own CTMS. In some cases, the CTMS was similar to the one it already had in place. In others, it was different. One thing was clear: it didn’t make sense to operate multiple solutions from two different prominent vendors. Data wasn’t centralized, and it was simply too challenging to manage. The cost and time required to support these systems naturally played a role in their decision, too.

The company decided to have one global CTMS, which required it to consolidate data across the other CTMS platforms. It selected the solution that it believed would most carry the company through its overall clinical development and safety journey. The software vendor’s suite of applications leverages a modern infrastructure. Its solutions are in the cloud, operating under strict regulatory compliance. And, its CTMS is modern.

So, what’s the reason behind your interest in migrating to another CTMS? Fortunately, regardless of the reason a company decides to switch CTMS solutions, the considerations and best practices for migrating data from one system to another are similar.

We’ve been blessed to part of dozens of CTMS projects, from vanilla to custom implementations and from on-premises deployments to cloud implementations. Moreover, as this post and webinar implies, we have experience moving companies from one vendor CTMS to another.

Please join us on June 24, 2020, to learn more about CTMS migrations. We hope our experience will shine through the presentation.

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