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Where's the BMT data? My quest to find it.

May 20, 2016

When I was a BMT (blood and marrow transplant) coordinator, I was intimately involved in every aspect of a transplant recipient's care—and in their lives as well. I could have told you my patients' medical histories, allergies, past and upcoming treatments, family members' names—probably even their favorite places to vacation.

I acquired as much knowledge about my patients as I possibly could to ensure the best chances for transplant success. At this micro level of patient knowledge, I was an over achiever.

But at the macro level, my tools were woefully inadequate. I can remember feeling incredibly frustrated when physicians or other transplant team members would ask me how past patients of mine had fared on a proposed treatment. Anecdotally, I might have been able to speak to one or two recent outcomes, but I had no way of definitely identifying trends that might influence a proposed treatment's success or failure.

The desire to find a way to aggregate and correlate patient data in order to identify trends and improve outcomes drove me to a new role at my hospital: quality improvement specialist. And while I did very meaningful work in this role, it was here that I discovered that the data needed to impact outcomes on a large scale often didn't exist. Or, if it did, it wasn't easily accessible. 

I also discovered that this problem wasn't unique to my hospital—or the BMT field.

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Liaison Technologies is happy to take a pass on the iPaaS Magic Quadrant

May 10, 2016

Liaison is no stranger to Gartner Magic Quadrants. Over our 15+ years as a global leader in integration and data management, we've been named to many including Integration Brokerage, Integration Service Providers, Managed File Transfer, and Product Information Management to name a few. And every time we're invited to participate in a quadrant—let alone chosen for final inclusion—we're always very appreciative of the hard work that the Gartner technology research company puts into these annual reports.

But this year's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service was one quadrant I didn't want us to be in, even though it generated quite a bit of buzz. Why not? It's not because our integration platform can't do what iPaaS platforms can; it's because our platform can do so much more.

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Limiting the Hidden Costs of Data Security and Compliance (Part II)

May 3, 2016

In part I of this series, I highlighted 5 hidden costs of data security and compliance that businesses often don't anticipate when embarking upon integration and data management projects.

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Pharma Lifecycle Plagued with Integration and Data Management Challenges (Part II - Research & Development)

April 27, 2016

In my first blog of this series, titled Pharma Lifecycle Plagued with Integration and Data Management Challenges (Part I - Overview), I outlined six phases of the pharma lifecycle and set the stage to provide deeper insights into the integration and data management challenges each phase faces. The first stage I'd like to tackle in depth is Research and Development (R&D), which broadly covers drug research and discovery. 

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Discover the 5 Hidden Costs of Data Security and Compliance (Part I)

April 26, 2016

Data security is not optional. Organizations owe it to their clients to protect sensitive client data. And market forces in the form of reputation damage, revenue loss, and hefty fines (for regulated data) ensure that there is plenty of incentive to do so.

As organizations move to address increasingly sophisticated security threats, they are often caught off guard by the many hidden costs of security and compliance, realizing (too late) that safeguarding data from current and future threats is more resource-intensive than first imagined—and is growing more so with each passing day.

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How to Give Even More to Your BMT Patients

April 21, 2016

If the lives of transplant patients didn’t matter, you wouldn’t do what you do. Tireless devotion to finding new treatments, providing close care and monitoring, and extending even the smallest of comforts at the times of greatest need are things you do because it's important to your patients—and to you.

As a transplant professional you would give even more if you could. I know because I used to be one.

During my time as BMT coordinator at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, I was completely immersed in this world.

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The Top 5 Differentiators between iPaaS and dPaaS

April 21, 2016

Big forces in the marketplace – big data, the move to the cloud, the deconstruction of ERP systems, and the growing number of on-premises and cloud-based applications – are compelling many enterprises to rethink their integration strategies. One approach, Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), is gaining momentum. But don’t look for iPaaS to offer the best path to the future for all enterprises. Look to Liaison’s ALLOY Platform, the first Data Platform as a Service (dPaaS), instead. Here’s five reasons why:

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From the Armed Forces to Human Resources: Data Is Key to Knowing Your People

April 13, 2016

"What do you know about the platoon, LT?" (Pronounced ell tee.)

Those were the first words my platoon sergeant said (in his thick Boston accent) when I got to my initial assignment as a brand new, squeaky shiny second lieutenant at Fort Drum, New York.  The question caught me off guard. I knew nothing. I was only six months out of college and I was now responsible for the health, welfare, morale and mission of a 30-man platoon in an Army Light Infantry Division. My platoon sergeant had a wealth of experience and knowledge compiled from over 15 years of military service around the world; me, four months of ‘book knowledge’ in a sterile classroom. As any young military officer finds out quickly, there is a big difference between book smarts and street smarts. 

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6 Reasons dPaaS is the Tesla 3 of Data Integration

April 4, 2016

The unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 has completely disrupted the electric car market and even the automobile industry as a whole. Designed to be the first electric car for the masses, if Elon Musk has his way, the Model 3 will become the catalyst that finally turns electric cars mainstream.

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How are companies managing risks in the new data-centric world?

March 29, 2016

As an executive, how comfortable are you with the security of the sensitive data that your company is responsible for?  As your company adopts new, emerging and disruptive technologies, your valuable data assets become increasingly decentralized moving from software to software or from company to external party leading to inherent risks in security and compliance. Most companies and their executives assume these risks have been addressed in their contractual agreements; however, who maintains the inventory of which data is going where? How do you ensure appropriate safeguards or compliance when your partner or service provider utilizes external parties as well?

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