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The Benefits of a Cloud-Based Digital Validation System

Blog Home | Published: December 2, 2016

Editor's Note: This blog post was reviewed and updated on January 30, 2023.

Paranoid about cloud-based computing? Great! It’s an excellent trait to have regarding computer security. However, don’t assume cloud computing is less secure than a company’s own network.

The cloud is probably more secure, offering layers of protection with disparate teams of highly qualified professionals, one continuously monitoring the software solution, the other the cloud infrastructure. This ensures that the entire solution is secure, reliable, readily available, and performing as intended (validated).

A cloud-based solution also delivers high availability and performance with load balancing and other hardware and software technologies designed to protect (e.g., firewalls, encryption). Also, the cloud-based system is validated, and you can leverage this to decrease your own validation timeline significantly.

Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity

A cloud-based paperless validation system delivers the ability to recover in the event of a disaster, ensuring business continuity and further ensuring compliance.

You’re no longer concerned about a disaster at a geographic location because the cloud spans geographies. In a disaster, fault-tolerance, failover, and redundant technologies instantaneously switch locations. An alternate backup site in high availability mode is also incorporated. Instituted controls and measures deliver assurance of solution versioning, resilience, and robustness.

Mountains of Paper Evaporate into the Cloud

With a cloud-based system, you can move away from dependence and the overhead burden imposed by traditional paper-based methods. Scanning, copying, printing! All of this consumes valuable resources, resulting in mountains of paper that make it challenging to find the source of truth at a location-dependent site.

With a cloud-based system, all authorized users can access a validated source of truth globally. When the mountains of paper evaporate into the cloud, rest assured that all available documentation can rain down upon you at the push of a button, figuratively speaking.

Follow-the-Sun Validation

Validation activities can be delegated to global teams, allowing you to divide and conquer your validation initiatives. Digital validation execution delivers immediate results to all authorized users worldwide. Additionally, real-time metrics, dashboards, and reporting are instantaneously available. Furthermore, traceability matrices are automatic, allowing them to be leveraged throughout the entire System Development Lifecycle (SDLC), as opposed to the traditional onerous task typically performed towards the end of the validation lifecycle using spreadsheets that are cumbersome and difficult to maintain.

Above are only some benefits of a cloud-based, digital validation system like the ValGenesis VLMS. Please contact us to learn more about how you can leverage this technology to your advantage. 

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12 Reasons to Transition to a Digital Validation Process 

 

Summary

Cloud-based digital validation allows you to recover in the event of a disaster, ensuring business continuity and compliance.



Author

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson has worked in Life Sciences for over two decades in both Information Technology and Quality Assurance roles. He’s a certified systems auditor and has audited hundreds of companies globally. A published author, a frequent speaker at industry conferences, on the Board as a Director for PRCSQA, Editorial Advisory Board for ISPE, and Elite Faculty member for KENX, and Adjunct Lecturer, Temple University, School of Pharmacy, RA/QA Graduate Program. He was honored with an APEX 2020 award of excellence for a peer-reviewed article he co-authored for Pharmaceutical Engineering on Blockchain. Currently, as Director Industry Solutions at ValGenesis, Steve helps Life Science organizations realize the potential benefits of advanced technologies, along with inherent risks.