PDA Letter Article

Pharma Has its Head in the Cloud

by Toni Manzano, bigfinite

Big Data is Leading Pharma Manufacturing to Greater Maturity

Today, huge amounts of information are continuously being generated and stored in many different systems: external and internal hard drives, virtual disks, network storage systems, pen drives, e-drives, etc. In addition, social networks, multimedia platforms, and Internet of Things (IoT) technology contribute increasingly greater bytes of data. In fact, 2016 saw about 2.5 trillion (2.5×1018) bytes of data created each month (1). This enormous amount of electronic information, commonly referred to as “big data,” is directly related to two factors: (1) the ease in which data can be stored, and (2) the ability to connect to the internet.