CSC Releases Version 2.0 of FirstPoint ECM Solution With Enhanced Functionality to Manage Controlled Documents and Collaboration on the SharePoint Platform
News Release -- April 27, 2010
Solution Helps Life Sciences Companies Meet Global Regulatory Compliance Needs with CSC’s Advanced Best Practices Model
Falls Church, Va. -- April 27, 2010 – CSC (NYSE: CSC) today announced the availability of Version 2.0 of its FirstPoint document management and collaboration solution to help life sciences organizations improve user productivity by automating and simplifying the document creation, review and approval cycle. CSC also announced plans for a FirstPoint release on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 early in the third quarter.
FirstPoint leverages CSC's proven best practice configurations based on a multitude of real-world implementations involving more than 100,000 users at leading pharmaceutical companies worldwide. FirstPoint 2.0 is compliant with the life science industry’s taxonomy standards, including: International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), Electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD), E3 Essential Clinical Documents and the DIA EDM Reference Model. The application utilizes the built-in functionality in SharePoint, adds those features necessary for highly regulated environments, and fully complies with the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 requirements including audit trail, electronic signature and enhanced security. FirstPoint’s advanced workflow engine facilitates the automation, functionality and flexibility needed to address specific vertical business requirements not met with basic document management applications.
FirstPoint’s business modules are fully integrated on CSC’s enterprise compliance platform and include Research and Development, Clinical/Electronic Trial Master File (eTMF), Quality and Manufacturing, and Sales and Marketing. FirstPoint 2.0 is browser-based, tightly integrated with SharePoint, and leverages Microsoft Silverlight for engaging, interactive user experiences that can integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Office applications, enabling fast user adoption time.
FirstPoint 2.0 offers enhanced Quality and Manufacturing functionality such as Change Request and advanced forms capabilities which combine data and documents into more meaningful business solutions. In addition, CSC provides streamlined system validation packages for rapid deployment.
“The FirstPoint 2.0 release allows our clients to benefit from the combination of the expanding capabilities of SharePoint along with CSC’s experience in document management solutions,” said Nigel Whitehead, managing director of Life Sciences in CSC’s Healthcare Group. “Given the challenging economic climate and regulatory changes underway, our clients are looking for greater business process agility and cost reduction, and CSC is helping them transition to more pragmatic solutions like FirstPoint 2.0. In addition, CSC is offering small to midsize life sciences companies a rapid deployment version of FirstPoint with the enterprise-wide functionality enjoyed by our large global pharmaceutical clients.”
“The release of FirstPoint 2.0 substantiates CSC’s commitment to providing our clients with optimized content management solutions on the SharePoint platform,” commented Brian Boruff, vice president of Emerging Technologies and Strategic Growth Markets at CSC. “In addition to the enhanced functionality, we will offer FirstPoint as part of our enterprise-wide cloud computing platform.”
CSC's Global Healthcare Group, which serves healthcare providers, health plans, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and allied industries around the world, is a global leader in transforming the healthcare industry through the effective use of information to improve healthcare outcomes, decision-making and operating efficiency.
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include system design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. The company has been recognized as a leader in the industry, including being named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for Information Technology Services (2010). Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.0 billion for the 12 months ended Jan. 1, 2010. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.csc.com.