First Consulting Group, Inc. has announced the launch of FirstDoc 3.3, the newest version of its enterprise content management solution in the life sciences industry. FirstDoc 3.3 includes enhanced XML capabilities and a re-architected enterprise object model to enable more flexible content sharing and better business process harmonization across functional areas. FirstDoc serves more than 150,000 users at 55 companies across the globe.
FirstDoc 3.3 is designed to simplify content reuse by leveraging XML, a programming language known for its flexibility and interoperability. New metrics focus on the reuse of content, rather than traditional measurement techniques that focused on time considerations, man hours and productivity. FCG's incorporation of XML into the new version of FirstDoc reflects the industry's needs.
FirstDoc 3.3's XML capabilities enable life sciences organizations to move away from formatting documents manually and reduce the time and effort required to format content for other media types. FirstDoc 3.3 also streamlines documentation updates while ensuring all of the content remains accurate.
FirstDoc 3.3's re-architected enterprise object model enables users to share information between vertical applications more easily. By sharing information across vertical applications, companies can make certain they are not duplicating processes between business units and ensure all content is consistent and compliant with changing global regulatory requirements. FirstDoc 3.3 also provides utilities that automate the migration of object definitions within existing FirstDoc installations to the new model, enabling FirstDoc to be rolled out across functional areas according to specific business problems.
FirstDoc 3.3 upgrades include:
The capability to route multiple documents and virtual documents in a workflow. Using the FirstDoc 3.3 workflow from either the desktop client or the Web client, users can select a series of documents and route them for review or approval. After successful completion of the workflow, all documents explicitly included in the workflow, or implicitly included via a virtual document, will be transitioned to the appropriate status en masse.
ERM includes automatic calculation of retention dates for all documents. Users can extend the retention of individual documents and place groups of documents on "hold". This is valuable when products are involved in any kind of litigation, for example. ERM includes an optional notification as the retention date approaches, an optional confirmation that expired documents should be deleted and the automatic purging of documents that have been confirmed for deletion.
FirstDoc R&D and FirstDoc Clinical Trials use product dictionaries that manage property information relating to drug products as well as product-specific, non-clinical, clinical, quality, and regulatory information. These dictionaries reduce redundancies by being configured for specific documents in order that users do not have to enter similar property information on related documents. FirstDoc 3.3 moves these dictionaries from the application layer into FirstDoc, meaning dictionary access is uniform across FirstDoc applications.