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A Portrait of the Enterprise Software User in the Pharmaceutical Industry
The pharmaceutical industry faces strict regulatory requirements in the approval of drugs for treatment of diseases. Software can help pharma successfully

sap applications in pharma research  , Deacom , and SAP have tailored their solutions to provide industry-specific functionality to help pharmaceutical companies comply with the growing number of regulations and ensure they are better able to manage and monitor production and product quality, as well as the associated workflow and documentation.   TEC Market Data: A Profile of the Pharmaceutical Industry Selecting the right enterprise software solution is a large feat. Making the right investments in technology can provide companies with a

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

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