HCS’ IT infrastructure aids Shorla Oncology’s expansion

HCS, a leading business IT, security and telecoms company, has announced that it has delivered comprehensive managed technology infrastructure to Shorla Oncology. This top-to-bottom IT system underpins Shorla’s vital operations which, in turn, is allowing the company to research, develop, and commercialise its products. Shorla is preparing to launch its first life-saving oncology drug.

Shorla’s mission is to re-think, re-imagine, and improve on existing oncology treatments. Working with world-renowned key opinion leaders and first-in-class research scientists, its team merges experience and innovation to solve real-world clinical problems. Its aim is to greatly improve patients’ lives by integrating these innovative solutions into effective oncology treatments.

HCS was tasked with building the company’s entire IT infrastructure from the ground up. Security and compliance are of the utmost importance as Shorla operates in a highly regulated industry, and the company needed to safeguard its sensitive data. With offices in Ireland and the U.S., Shorla also needed to effectively connect dispersed teams who were working across different locations and time zones.

HCS designed and deployed an IT solution tailored to Shorla’s unique needs, and monitors and manages all IT functions for the company. The solution proactively secures the IT systems of the organisation, from employee devices and data storage to email and web hosting. HCS onboards new Shorla employees to the IT system and manages permissions to maintain high levels of security. The system is fully compliant and all of the company’s critical data is securely backed up to ensure peace of mind.

An end-to-end Microsoft365 suite enables effective collaboration between teams operating in different locations, with capabilities across Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive. HCS manages and remotely monitors all company devices, meaning a speedy response and little or no downtime in the event of an incident. The solution is primarily cloud-based, and employee devices are the company’s only physical infrastructure.

HCS’ system is flexible and scalable in line with business growth. The company wanted to be as paperless as possible and working from a cloud-based system is helping it to achieve its sustainability goals. HCS provides ongoing support with a remote helpdesk, access to highly trained engineers and a 24/7 emergency support facility.

Orlaith Ryan, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Shorla Oncology: “This top-to-bottom IT solution from HCS gives us the confidence to roll out our services in the knowledge that our data and operations are fully secure and compliant. The system and services provided by HCS ensures our employees are enabled to do their jobs effectively, even when working in different regions and time zones. HCS’ support is proactive and reliable which is crucial for us, particularly as our team is dispersed.”

Orlaith Connell, Account Manager, HCS: “Security is built into everything we do for our customers, and effective cyber and data security was the priority for an organisation such as Shorla which deals with critical data on a daily basis. HCS is providing peace of mind with 24/7 support, with a particular focus on security. By proactively monitoring and safeguarding against any potential compromise, we are providing resilience as the company continues to grow and evolve.

“In turn, this has enabled Shorla to enhance its own service rollout. We are thrilled to have been chosen by the team to deploy this solution as the company is providing crucial services and making a lasting impact on the science industry and beyond.”

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