Both approaches to data centers—in house and outsourced—have their benefits and drawbacks. The above risks outline some of the biggest areas of risk for companies that outsource. Needless to say, budget is also a critical concern. Although you may have heard that, for example, cloud computing can save you lots of money, don’t believe it until you’ve investigated the cloud in light of your particular business and IT needs. The risks of the cloud, or any other outsourcing approach, may save you money, but they may also end up costing more than the in-house approach. Unexpected costs owing to security breaches, lack of availability, inadequate disaster recovery and failed audits can easily blow away any savings from relying on service providers. Again, this is not to say that you should avoid outsourcing—by all means, consider it as an option. Just do so mindful of the risks, particularly as they relate to your specific industry and requirements.
Renee Schantz-Shirley is an Associate Consultant, Global Regulatory Affairs (CMC) with Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana. Renee has 25 years of experience with Eli Lilly, the last 19 in CMC Regulatory Affairs, where her current responsibilities include Regulatory Surveillance and External Influence, along with implementation of evolving regulatory expectations into Lilly business practice. Renee has provided global regulatory CMC support for compounds in all phases of clinical development, as well as support for post-marketing activities.
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