First Consulting Group Introduces FirstPoint(TM) for Life Sciences.FirstPoint[TM], Built Entirely on the Microsoft Platform, is an Enterprise Solution for Regulated Content Management and Collaboration for the Life Sciences Industry
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FCGI Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute (UK) ) today announced the launch of FirstPoint[TM], a new suite of products developed specifically to address the content management and collaboration needs of the life sciences market. With the introduction of FirstPoint, FCG and Microsoft are working together to deliver a product built entirely on the Microsoft platform, leveraging Microsoft Office Microsoft's primary desktop applications for Windows and Mac. Depending on the package, it includes some combination of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook along with various Internet and other utilities. SharePoint Server 2007 and targeted specifically at the content management and business collaboration needs of the life sciences industry.
FirstPoint allows life sciences organizations to utilize their existing Microsoft platform investments while capitalizing on FCG's product innovations and industry-leading best-practices. The software solution offers a revolutionary new architecture and user experience designed to boost productivity and ensure compliance across the enterprise in R&D, clinical, quality & manufacturing, sales & marketing and corporate operations such as legal, finance, and HR.
"Life sciences professionals are mature users of content management and are now focused on approaches to bring collaboration and a simplified user experience together with traditional regulated content management solutions," said Jeff Klein, VP of Product Strategy for FCG Life Sciences. "FirstPoint combines FCG's deep experience in life sciences content management with the flexibility, power, and simplicity of the Microsoft platform to bring these two worlds together."
FCG will also continue to extend its FirstDoc([R]) product for life sciences companies to manage their regulated content. FirstDoc has been available for nearly ten years and is used by many of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies.
The FirstPoint enterprise solution offers some significant advantages over the traditional content management solutions for life sciences including: a lower cost of ownership to deploy, maintain and upgrade the solution; a simple and intuitive user interface, integration with the Microsoft Office System and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS); and a simplified technology architecture based upon the breadth of the Microsoft platform.
The product line can be deployed across a global enterprise, as well as in small-to-mid-sized biotechnology and medical device companies seeking a cost-effective and efficient way to manage R&D, clinical and regulatory content and submission management.
"The introduction of FirstPoint powered by the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 platform demonstrates our commitment and ability to provide enhanced business solutions to the life sciences market in concert with our partners," said Paul Mattes, U.S. life sciences industry solutions director, Microsoft Corp. "FCG is acknowledged as a leader in providing content management solutions and the combination of its expertise with the power, flexibility and scale of the Microsoft platform can make this a game-changing solution for the industry."
Important capabilities of the FirstPoint Enterprise product include:
* Microsoft Office-centered user experience for ease of use, greater collaborative participation and increased productivity
* Collaborative Microsoft Word-based review (e.g. track changes) in a compliant, controlled environment
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* Easily configurable workflows for document collaboration See data conferencing. and content organization and assembly for regulatory submission processes
* Federated Connected and treated as one. See federated database and federated directories. metadata-driven approach to harmonize content management usage across multiple repositories
With today's introduction of FirstPoint, FCG has also announced the initial FirstPoint product releases, including FirstPoint Enterprise, FirstPoint Research & Development and FirstPoint Medical Information. FirstPoint Enterprise is the enterprise FirstPoint platform on which all products are built. FirstPoint Research & Development is the solution for life sciences R&D content management. FirstPoint Medical Information is the solution for life sciences medical information management.
FCG is a leading provider of outsourcing (1) Contracting with outside consultants, software houses or service bureaus to perform systems analysis, programming and datacenter operations. Contrast with insourcing. See netsourcing, ASP, SSP and facilities management. , consulting, systems implementation and integration services and proprietary software products for healthcare, pharmaceutical, and other life sciences organizations throughout North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Europe and Asia. Through combinations of onsite, offsite and offshore outsourced services, FCG provides low-cost, high-quality offerings to improve its clients' performance. The firm's consulting and integration services and proprietary software products increase clients' operations effectiveness with and through information technology, resulting in reduced costs, improved customer service, enhanced quality of patient care, and more rapid introduction of new pharmaceutical compounds. For more information about FCG, visit www.fcg.com or call 800-345-0957.