This IDC Health Insights Perspective highlights two best-of-breed efforts between IT companies and leading genomics researchers to collaboratively develop world-class genomics information management solutions that will directly empower genomics discovery research, both now and in the future. The two efforts are completely different, with one focusing on custom, genomics-grade high-performance IT infrastructure and the other focusing on the translation of genome analytics, current knowledge, and industry best practices into a comprehensive, extensible, easy-to-use genomics discovery platform. These collaborative efforts are prime examples of the symbiotic nature of the life science and IT industries, a relationship that is continuing to grow and develop based on the rapid growth and importance of life science data and the timely need to translate data into information and knowledge.
As we begin to fully exploit the realization of the $1,000 genome, research organizations are taking a hard look at how they will manage and exploit the unprecedented amounts of new data that they will be expected to deal with. From genomics and other "omics" data to electronic medical records data, healthcare payer data, and social media data, organizations need to be able to accommodate both large volumes and complex new types of data in their daily operations, responding to varied and evolving research needs on an ongoing basis. This Perspective highlights how Dell and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have met today's challenge for their collaborators and are helping build reusable solutions that should help accelerate genomics discovery, both now and for the foreseeable future.