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The importance of ensuring drug safety

News • Oct 20, 2020 10:23 GMT

We asked Jesper Borgstrøm, Advanced Advisory Consultant, NNIT Life Sciences – Regulatory Affairs, to take us through the safety aspects of one of the world’s most regulated product development and manufacturing processes.

Jesper Borgstrøm holds an MSc in pharmaceutical sciences and is an expert in drug safety and pharmacovigilance. In his role at NNIT, he advises pharmaceutical companies on how to best support and optimize their pharmacovigilance processes with the use of IT. Mostly, this relates to database management, ensuring data integrity, data processing and migration, but also to workflows and documentation. All of these areas need to comply with the heavy regulation imposed by governments and authorities.

“Ensuring drug safety is incredibly complex and goes way beyond drug approval. It’s an ongoing audit process and transcends all phases of drug discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing,” Jesper Borgstrøm emphasizes as his first point:

“Even after a drug is approved and released into the market, a controlled, ongoing feedback process is carried out to ensure that adverse effects and events are logged and analyzed in accordance with a strict and regulated process.”

Despite these hardcore rules and regulations, Jesper further emphasizes that taking any drug comes with an inherent risk:

“No drug is 100% safe to take, all medicines have side effects, and these vary depending on who is taking them, how they are taking them and in what context. The decision to release a drug ultimately relies on a well-documented risk-benefit analysis – even so, it’s not always easy to determine whether the pros outweigh the cons. In any case, patients should be able to rely on a certain level of safety, and that’s precisely why the pharmaceutical industry is so regulated, and pharmacovigilance is such a big deal.”

The importance of continued pharmacovigilance

To get any drug or vaccine to market, pharmaceutical companies must carry out rigid processes, which usually take 9-16 years. Throughout these, drug safety and pharmacovigilance are important aspects that must be carried out in compliance with local and regional regulation.

The phases of the drug development process. Drug safety must be ensured in accordance with regulations; and continued pharmacovigilance must be performed to monitor any adverse drug reactions – particularly once the drug is released into the market.

Patient safety is a prerequisite for getting a drug approved, but it is also likely to speed up the review and approval phase, if the pharmaceutical company can demonstrate a very high level of efficiency, which is important for two reasons: pharmaceutical companies generally have a mission relating to helping people, but they are also a business, and the quicker they can get their drug to market, the more return on investment for them – over the 20 years their patent is valid.

Drug safety and efficiency are the deciding factors in getting a drug approved (or not). Considering that less than 10% of the drug candidates are approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the USA; drug safety data and compliance are very important factors.

Nevertheless, as Jesper Borgstrøm points out:

“The real safety test of any drug is when it hits the market and is ‘tested’ among a much larger and more diverse group of patients, and that is why continued pharmacovigilance is so important. The feedback from patients of a certain age group, not part of the clinical trials, may start to report adverse effects not previously found. And these findings are then logged, analyzed and assessed for significance, and ultimately find their way into the package insert to guide doctors and patients in safe prescription and use – or are severe enough to get the drug retracted from the market,” Jesper Borgstrøm explains and elaborates:

“It’s how we ensure that a drug is safe to take for the majority of patients, across a broad variety of segments and over time.”

Is it safe to speed up the drug development process?

Right now, a number of pharmaceutical companies and laboratories are “competing” to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 within a desired timeframe of 1-2 years. But if the drug development process typically takes 12 years, how is it possible to produce a safe vaccine in 1-2 years’ time, we asked Jesper Borgstrøm?

Jesper Borgstrøm confirms that 1-2 years is indeed very fast and would be a first:

“In most markets, compromising the safety aspects is not an option, so provided you are able to progress from the research and development phase and speed up the review and approval phase via fast-tracking, which is likely given the acute attention, your best bet is to optimize the whole process by implementing smart tools to support each phase. Correct data processing and quality management are essential and huge parts of the drug development process and are both incredibly time-consuming and overwhelming if you don’t have the right supporting tools.”

The quicker and easier you can ensure compliance with pharma regulation, the quicker you can get your product to market, Jesper Borgstrøm states and continues:

“Pharmacovigilance as a discipline is growing with more and more demands being made. In addition to adverse drug reactions, you now also have to monitor no effect or declining effect [events]. When processing personal patient data, you have to ensure compliance with data privacy regulations, and of course you have to ensure correct data logging and categorization at all times. It’s really a very complex, manual and expensive process, which lends itself very well to digitalization as well as automation technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. These can be implemented across all phases and disciplines to aid and fast-track the process.”

This of course is precisely NNIT’s specialty, and Jesper confirms an increased interest in his area of expertise, precisely because it can make a huge difference to how quickly pharmaceutical companies are able to get their products to market – in full compliance with local and regional regulation.

“The point of drug safety and pharmacovigilance is to ensure that any given drug does more good than harm. And it’s so much easier to get a good result when you’re only testing it on a small scale. The difficult part comes after, when it’s released to market and you start getting reports from patients on a grand scale. At this stage, pharmacovigilance plays such a big role in ensuring continued drug safety,” Jesper Borgstrøm finishes.

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About drug safety and pharmacovigilance

The terms Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance are broadly and interchangeably used to describe the processes and methods of ensuring drug safety by gathering and reporting adverse drug reactions.

So, what is the difference? Put simply, drug safety (DS) is reactive while pharmacovigilance (PV) is proactive: DS is about reporting and compliance, whereas PV focuses on interpreting signals in the more strategic context of marketing.

DS comes into play mostly before a drug is introduced into the market to ensure that the drug is safe to prescribe and use (doing more good than harm).

Pharmacovigilance involves proactively identifying signals and trends with an increased focus on the post-marketing environment:

How is the drug performing in the real world among much larger and more diverse patient groups?

The insight gained is then used to design additional trials, to provide better information for patients and doctors and for improved market positioning for new medicines.

source: Dr Glenn Carter, Healthcare Professionals Group

5G will be the next big thing

News • Sep 16, 2020 11:31 GMT

NNIT has been testing 5G against 4G and regular cable internet connections across different devices, and the verdict is here: it works, and it can process more data quicker and in a better quality than traditional internet/fiber net.

This autumn, NNIT and TDC NET have scheduled several tests with the purpose of testing TDC’s new 5G net, which aired on 7 September.

According to Jesper Høeg Bøttger, Advanced Business Consultant, NNIT Digital Together, 5G is the next big thing, which will give us more bandwidth and enable us to process more data much quicker. The user experience will be significantly better, and, in time, we may even be able to free ourselves completely from cable connections.

”5G is a technology enabler,” Jesper Høeg Bøttger says, and elaborates that ”with 5G we’ll be opening the door to a whole new world of digital innovation where technologies such as Internet of Things, Virtual and Augmented Reality will really emerge and become mainstream.”

Kasper Kronmann Nielsen, Director, NNIT Advisory, also sees great potential for businesses that may be able to get out of establishing their own networks and depend entirely on 5G and Cloud technology:

”Imagine a future when our devices are merely screens that show us an image and when all data processing takes place in the Cloud, because our 5G data connections are good and strong enough to send vast amounts of data very quickly. This could potentially revolutionize the way we do things in a lot of different ways.”

Lack of security not a concern

We are very clear on the question of security: 5G is a radio-based technology and therefore an open network that cannot be closed to hackers and others with malicious intent. However, since the 5G connection can process significantly more data than e.g. 4G, it will be easier to encrypt data connections. In the same way, 5G operators are expected to be able to implement new security measures into the network itself.

”The biggest problem as we see it,” Kasper Kronmann Nielsen elaborates, ”is not the security aspect, but whether we can achieve full coverage and availability of 5G enabled devices. Full coverage will require a dense distribution of masts, and not all people feel they add positively to the surroundings; this could become a hurdle,” Kasper Kronmann Nielsen says.

Incubator for innovation

For Thomas Schjødt, Director,NNIT Digital Together, the most exciting thing about digital transformation is the chance to act as an incubator for digital innovation – to be the link between the technology developers, suppliers and users and to help all parties to be successful with their projects:

”We may not be particularly known for it, but we have a thriving innovation team here in NNIT. We develop digital solutions together with technology start-ups and suppliers in order to be able to help our customers create digital business value. We are ambitious and want to expand our network,” Thomas Schjødt emphasizes and puts out an open invitation to contact him.

At the moment, NNIT is engaged in innovation tests and partnerships with TDC NET, Virsabi, Microsoft and more as well as several players on the start-up scene. ”It is amazing to be part of an innovation journey and be inspired while at the same time offering our partners a test environment of scale. Not all ideas become mainstream technology, but it is so very educational to be right at the forefront where new technology starts to emerge,” Kasper Kronmann Nielsen enthusiastically relays.

A wireless future

While continuously doing 5G tests, NNIT takes a look further into the future with the conviction that most greater cities in Denmark will have 5G coverage within a year – and even further to the introduction of 6G and possible use of satellites to cover areas of land with no established communications infrastructure in the form of cobber, cables, masts etc.

”It is incredibly exciting to be part of a time when the development of wireless infrastructure can really jumpstart the use of technologies that have been emerging for a long time. We really want to be a part of the innovation debate, and we have a set-up to allow us to go along with some wild ideas as well as test them in real life,” Jesper Høeg Bøttger finishes.

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Facts about 5G in Denmark

5G is an abbreviation for 5. generation mobile network, cf. 2G, 3G and 4G.

5G is up to 20 times faster than 4G and has a significantly greater capacity and quicker response time than previous generations. It will provide a more stable experience regardless of our work and collaboration location.

TDC is the first in Denmark

NNIT are working with TDC NET on continuously testing the 5G net in Denmark. TDC's 5G net launched as the first in Denmark on 7 September this year. To start with, a 5G coverage rate of approx. 80% is expected, and before the end of the year this number should rise to approx. 90%.

At the center of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Elsinore,users can expect speeds of up to 1 Gbps, whereas the rest of the country will experience lower speeds – although higher than 4G.

Read more about TDC NET’s 5G solution here (in Danish).

The other major tele-communications providers in Denmark are expected to follow suit and launch 5G nets of their own momentarily.

Few 5G devices

The selection of 5G enabled phones in Denmark is still fairly limited but is expected to be expanded starting as soon as early 2021. Read more here (in Danish).

NNIT partner with Danish-based financial technology disruptor, NES TECH, to challenge the current software environment in the pension industry.

News • Sep 11, 2020 11:01 GMT

Copenhagen, September 11, 2020 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy is partnering with Danish-based NES TECH, who is behind the software application, Polaris - a challenger to the established software environment in the pension industry.

The Danish pension industry has for a long time been relying on a limited selection of legacy software and service suppliers to accommodate their ever-growing digital needs in providing their customers with the most cost efficient and user-friendly customer experiences. With the standardized Polaris system, which is already being used by financial customers such as Saxo Bank, Lív, Skandia and latest AkademikerPension, NES TECH is offering a modern, native cloud ready, user-friendly and cost-efficient solution built on Microsoft technologies.

“This is a very exciting partnership that has a huge potential. NNIT has solid experience and expertise in supporting customers within the financial industry in Denmark, and with the unique and modern native cloud-supported solution that NES TECH offers, we strongly believe that we in partnership have a unified solution that has the potential to be a game changer in the Danish pension and financial industry,” says Jacob Hahn Michelsen, Senior Vice President at NNIT.

With the new partnership, NNIT will build a wide array of services around the Polaris platform, ranging from implementation and integration of the system to security and support.

“We are pleased to partner with NNIT. They bring a lot a knowledge and experience in the financial industry to the partnership, and I am confident that we in partnership can offer a solution that potentially will break the monopoly that we currently are seeing in the Danish pension software and consultancy industry to the benefit of our clients and their customers,” says Alfred Joensen, CEO at NES TECH.

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NNIT Communications 
Tel: +45 3077 9465
kpoa@nnit.com

About NNIT
NNIT is one of Denmark’s leading consultancies in IT development, implementation and operations. We supply services to clients from the public, enterprise and finance segments in Denmark as well as the international life sciences industry. NNIT A/S has more than 3,200 employees.

NNIT signs Solution Provider Program agreement with AWS

Pressrelease • Aug 27, 2020 15:00 GMT

Copenhagen, August 27 2020 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy is now deepening the cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS) by signing a Solution Provider Program (SPP) agreement. NNIT is now able to manage, service, support and bill customers using AWS, while customers have their own terms with AWS.

The demand for AWS cloud services continues to grow globally. This has led to a growing demand for IT services and consulting services when customers undergo digital transformation and wish to realize the benefits of moving business into the cloud and strengthen innovation.

With the recent agreement, NNIT will target the global Life Sciences industry bringing its knowledge and expertise combined with a wide range of cloud services from AWS.

“We are proud to be working closely with AWS and look forward to strengthen our efforts even further. Jointly we have a strong offering for the global Life Sciences industry.”, said Jens Maagøe, Chief Technology Officer at NNIT.

NNIT is already an Advanced Consulting Partner on the AWS Partner Network (APN) program. The company has over 100 consultants trained and certified on AWS and provides solutions running on AWS for several major customers within the Life Science segment. For example, LEO Pharma who NNIT has helped to become even more digital in the field of data and quality management.

“NNIT's Intelligent Data Quality solution running on AWS has enabled us to sort nearly 18,000 business critical documents. In addition, the solution has allowed us to make our document management system more user friendly and created a good foundation for adopting a more data-driven approach with document management.”, said Josefine Cramer Hedehus, Project Manager, Quality Systems & Business Process Management at LEO Pharma.

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Kasper Ortvald Larsen 
NNIT Communications 
Tel: +45 3077 9465
kpoa@nnit.com

About NNIT
With over 3,200 employees throughout Europe, US and Asia, NNIT is a recognized leader in providing IT and consulting services to the international pharmaceutical and biotech industries. For more information please visit www.nnit.com.

NNIT becomes a Veeva Premiere Services Partner

Pressrelease • Jul 14, 2020 15:00 GMT

Copenhagen, July 14, 2020 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, announces that it has become one of the first Premiere Services Partners for Veeva Development Cloud. The Premiere Services Partner status is the highest partner acknowledgement by Veeva, a leader in cloud-based software for the global life sciences industry.

The Premiere Services Partner is granted upon NNIT’s extensive Veeva customer references and dedicated services. One of the requirements to become a Premiere Services Partner is demonstrating successful customer engagements within the last 18 months for applications in Vault RIM, Vault Clinical and Vault Quality suites. NNIT has supported more than 20 customer engagements in the life sciences industry globally.

Rasmus Koch Nelund, CVP, Global Life Sciences Advisory and Delivery at NNIT, says:

“The new partner status will give our customers confidence that we can support them to an even higher degree, and it underscores our successful track record and strong partnership with Veeva. Thank you to all the customers that have trusted NNIT in implementing Veeva Development Cloud, as well as to our colleagues at Valiance and Veeva for their exceptional support.”

NNIT and Veeva have been partners for more than two years. NNIT has more than 60 certified Veeva consultants and NNIT runs an interval community of practice with more than 100 consultants. NNIT has created the customer offering ‘NNIT Veeva Powerhouse’ to be a full-service partner for Veeva.

With over 3,200 employees throughout Europe, US and Asia, NNIT is a recognized leader in providing IT and consulting services to the international pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

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Kasper Ortvald Larsen,
NNIT Communications
Tel: +45 3077 9465
kpoa@nnit.com

About NNIT
www.nnit.com

NNIT extends collaboration with PFA

Pressrelease • Jun 25, 2020 10:30 GMT

Copenhagen, June 25, 2020 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, announces that it has signed an extension of its agreement with PFA, the largest commercial pension company in Denmark with more than DKK 600 billion under management and 1.3 million customers.

According to the agreement, NNIT will continue to deliver global IT-infrastructure, operations and consultancy to PFA that enables PFA to strengthen its digital customer service and its agile and digital transformation.

Included in the new agreement, is an increased focus on regulatory compliance and security.

Furthermore, the new contract also includes an increased focus on Hybrid Cloud, which supports PFA’s requirements for increased flexibility in the digital development and automation of its operations.

Senior Vice President at NNIT Jacob Hahn Michelsen says about the agreement:

“We are proud to extend a more than a decade long partnership with PFA for another five years, where NNIT will continue to support PFA by delivering IT infrastructure and services, supporting their digital journey. The contract is a testament to our ability to constantly develop and support our customers' changing business needs.”

CIO at PFA Morten Bruun Steiner says about the agreement:

“PFA is pleased to extend our strong partnership with NNIT. The new agreement creates a good foundation for our desire for increased standardization of our infrastructure and thus supports our journey towards becoming even more digital and efficient in the way we work with customer experiences.”

The renewed agreement marks the continuation of an eleven-year-long collaboration, which was initiated in March 2009. The estimated total value of the agreement amounts to a medium triple-digit million amount (DKK). The new five-year agreement replaces the existing agreement that were to expire in ultimo 2023.

NNIT is one of Denmark’s leading consultancies in IT development, implementation and operations. We supply services to clients from the public, enterprise and finance segments in Denmark as well as the international life sciences industry. NNIT A/S has more than 3,200 employees.

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Kasper Ortvald Larsen, NNIT Communications, +45 30 77 94 65, kpoa@nnit.com

About NNIT
www.nnit.com

About PFA

https://english.pfa.dk/about-pfa/pfa-overview/pfa-in-brief/?icid=hero_pfainbrief_readmore

NNIT signs five-year agreement with Saint-Gobain

Pressrelease • Jun 16, 2020 12:00 GMT

Copenhagen, June 16, 2020 – NNIT A/S,a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, has signed a comprehensive contract with a new, significant customer: Saint-Gobain Nordic A/S, a subsidiary to the French company Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s leading providers and distributors of materials and solutions for the building- and transportation industry.

According to the agreement, NNIT will for the next five years assume responsibility for Saint-Gobain’s servers and cloud solution in NNIT datacentre for Saint-Gobain businesses in the Nordic & Baltic countries.

“We look forward to deliver a modern and flexible outsourcing services to Saint-Gobain that can support the growth of the business units, explains Jacob Hahn Michelsen, Senior Vice President, NNIT. He continues: "Saint-Gobain has bought into our solid experience with hybrid cloud solutions in demanding environments, where security requirements are extremely high and where systems that are not cloud-ready can be handled."

The collaboration will provide Saint-Gobain with a dedicated private cloud solution that allows for agile at scale while complying with the group’s strict specifications for IT security.

Jørgen Liberg, CIO, Saint-Gobain Nordic says about the agreement:

“We build solutions that will support our customers and developments throughout the organization, combining legacy systems and cloud technology while complying with our very high security requirements. In NNIT we have found a partner who knows how to adapt high-quality delivery to our fast-moving business. We look very much forward to this cooperation and to ensure that our businesses in the Nordic & Baltic region get the best possible solution.”

NNIT is one of Denmark’s leading consultancies in IT development, implementation and operations. We supply services to clients from the public, enterprise and finance segments in Denmark as well as the international life sciences industry. NNIT A/S has more than 3,200 employees.

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.

Saint-Gobain has more than 12,000 employees in the Nordic and Baltic region, and more than 170,000 employees worldwide.

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About NNIT
www.nnit.com


About Saint-Gobain
https://www.saint-gobain.com/en

NNIT and HK extend and expand collaboration

Pressrelease • Apr 02, 2020 08:30 GMT

Copenhagen, April 2, 2020 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, announces that it has signed a new agreement with HK. Denmark’s largest union for salaried employees with 230,000 members brings together the responsibility for the operation of the entire IT infrastructure in the hands of NNIT.

Since 2008, NNIT has overseen operations for the basic infrastructure, and HK has, after a recently completed tender, assigned NNIT responsibility for the complete operations of the organization's entire IT infrastructure. The cooperation is extended as takes over responsibility for the operation of HK's core applications and the skeleton under them.

At NNIT, who is already in charge of application operations for several of Denmark's largest companies, employees welcome the new agreement, says Jacob Hahn Michelsen, Senior Vice President, NNIT A/S:

“Our employees are very pleased with this sign of confidence as the cooperation with HK is both extended and expanded in scope, - you simply do not get any better proof of customer satisfaction.”

He adds that the contract was signed digitally on March 31, 2020 where the majority of employees in both organizations worked at home as a result of the COVID-19 situation:

“We must wait with the handshakes, high-fives and shoulder pats until it becomes safe. For now, we're doing things over phone, email and digital platforms."

The expanded cooperation provides new tasks, which is entirely in line with NNIT’s new strategy. These include cybersecurity deliveries, Microsoft standard solutions such as Teams, and ongoing infrastructure modernization. All server infrastructure is lifted into NNIT's private cloud and becomes software-controlled, allowing HK to adjust it much faster in the future. All solutions which are in line with the "Winning Solutions" portfolio that NNIT focuses on.

The agreement between HK and NNIT has been extended with additional five years with the possibility of up to two years' extension and represents a high double-digit million DKK turnover in total.

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Helga Heyn, NNIT Communications, +45 30 77 81 41, hhey@nnit.com

About NNIT

NNIT is an international consultancy in the development, implementation, validation and operation of IT for the life sciences industry. We create value for our clients by treating their IT as if it was our own, and of course, we meet the industry’s strictest regulatory requirements. We apply the latest advances in technology to make our clients’ software, business processes and communication more effective. NNIT A/S has more than 3,200 employees. For more information please visit www.nnit.com.

About HK 

https://www.hk.dk/omhk/about-hk

NNIT and DLG extend and expand collaboration

Pressrelease • Apr 01, 2020 15:00 GMT

Copenhagen, April 01, 2020 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy has signed a five-year extension and expansion agreement with DLG, one of Europe’s largest agribusiness companies.

According to the new agreement, NNIT will for the next five years support DLG’s transformation towards a more cloud-based IT-infrastructure and group-wide services. By utilizing NNIT’s Hybrid Cloud-solution DLG will migrate their IT-infrastructure into a Private Cloud-environment, which supports a high degree of flexibility and security.

Commenting on the agreement, CIO at DLG Torben Spaabæk says:

“We are transforming our business and are pleased to achieve a stronger IT-infrastructure with the agreement with NNIT. By consolidating our current IT-infrastructure in Denmark over to NNIT’s Private Cloud-solution, we will achieve the desired degree of flexibility while increasing the security, flexibility and stability in our operations.”

Commenting on the agreement, Senior Vice President at NNIT Jacob Hahn Michelsen says:

“We are proud to extend our collaboration with DLG, where our advanced and proven Hybrid Cloud-solution will be the foundation in a more flexible IT-infrastructure.”

Hybrid Cloud is part of NNIT’s ‘Winning Solutions’ and adjusted strategy to increase value creation for customers undergoing digital transformation.

The estimated total value of the new agreement is a minor double-digit million amount (DKK). NNIT and DLG have been collaborating since 2015.

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Helga Heyn, NNIT Communications, +45 30 77 81 41, hhey@nnit.com

About NNIT

NNIT is an international consultancy in the development, implementation, validation and operation of IT for the life sciences industry. We create value for our clients by treating their IT as if it was our own, and of course, we meet the industry’s strictest regulatory requirements. We apply the latest advances in technology to make our clients’ software, business processes and communication more effective. NNIT A/S has more than 3,200 employees. For more information please visit www.nnit.com.

About DLG

https://www.dlg.dk/en/DLG-koncernen/Hvem-er-vi

​NNIT and Microsoft collaborate on cloud based standard solutions

Pressrelease • Feb 25, 2020 11:56 GMT

Copenhagen, February 25, 2020 - Two of the largest players in the Danish IT industry, NNIT A/S and Microsoft Denmark, enter into an intensified collaboration to help Danish companies realize their cloud potential and support digital transformation.

The demand for cloud-based standard solutions continues to grow globally, as reflected in the double-digit growth rates in Microsoft's sales1. The sales growth leads to a growing demand for IT services and consulting services provided by NNIT when customers wish to realize the benefits of moving business in the cloud and strengthen innovation.

NNIT helps its customers make the most of the products across Microsoft's three clouds, Azure, MS365, and Dynamics 365. Many companies sit on an unresolved potential, which NNIT will help the, release, explains Jacob Hahn Michelsen, Senior Vice President, Public & Private, NNIT:

"Our customers are constantly demanding more cloud services, and with the help of our good people, they can quickly and safely get Microsoft's standard solutions clicked right into the business. NNIT wants to be Denmark's leading Microsoft house, so we are very pleased with the collaboration, which enables us to help more Danish companies make the most of buying cloud solutions."

The ambitions lead NNIT to invest heavily in competencies and capacity building. Through the first half of 2020, cooperation focuses on further training when further 200 NNIT employees will be certified across the three clouds. In addition, the ambition is reflected in NNIT's recruitment and acquisitions. With the successful acquisition of SCALES in 2017, NNIT became a leading provider of Dynamics 365 solutions in Denmark.

In January 2020, NNIT presented an adjusted strategy to provide Microsoft's standard solutions as an independent focus area. In addition, Microsoft products become crucial for many of the other focus areas of the strategy such as Data & AI, Cybersecurity and Digital workplace.

Claus Jul Christiansen, Commercial Partner Lead, Microsoft Denmark says about the collaboration: "In Microsoft, we are evolving from a focus on sales through partners towards a thorough partner philosophy in which we develop and sell each other's technology and solutions. Our collaboration with NNIT fits perfectly into this strategy, where our partners build on our technology and work with other partners to build repeatable solutions that can create increased value for our customers."

The collaboration concerns all three clouds but will focus in the first phase on managed services and security for Azure, security, enablingand end-user experience for M365, as well as Finance and Operationsand Customer Engagement for Dynamics 365.

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CEO Per Kogut, NNIT, Senior Vice President Jacob Hahn Michelsen, NNIT; Nana Bule, CEO, Microsoft Danmark; Søren Svarrer Nielsen, Corporate Vice President, NNIT; Alexander Nordqvist, Partner Development Lead, Microsoft Danmark; Monica Pyndt Grønning, Partner Development Manager, Microsoft Danmark; Mikael Mikkelsen, Director, Microsoft Danmark; Morten Kvist Thomsen, Associate Vice President, NNIT

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NNIT appoints new CFO

Pressrelease • Feb 24, 2020 08:42 GMT

This press release expands upon NNIT Company Announcement 4/2020, published February 24, 2020.

Copenhagen, February 24, 2020 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, is announcing that its new CFO has been located: Pernille Fabricius assumes the position as member of Executive Management with effect from no later than August 1, 2020.

The new CFO replaces Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen, who has served as Chief Financial Officer for NNIT since 2014 and throughout the preparation and execution of the company’s IPO and first five years as a listed company.

With her international career within finance and experience from several global companies, Pernille Fabricus is an excellent candidate for the job to support the next phase of the company’s development, explains Carsten Dilling, Chairman of the Board of Directors:

“Pernille Fabricius brings the qualifications and her experience from an international business environment. She knows IT and understands the dynamics of digital transformation, which continues to make a mark on companies and society, so I am confident that she can support NNIT’s future growth and development.”

Apart from her current position as Group CFO at UK based John Guest International Ltd., Pernille Fabricius has experience with executive management and board work from approximately a dozen global companies and several industries. She is excited to support NNIT’s new strategy and says:

“I look forward to activate my energy and experience from global corporations and support the execution of NNIT’s new strategy towards growth organically and via acquisitions. In line with NNIT’s targets I will also be focusing on margin improvements and efficiency and optimization at all levels of the organization.”

Pernille Fabricius will replace NNIT’s CFO, Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen. His contract expires January 31, 2021, which has led to the search for a new CFO candidate. Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen will continue in his role as CFO and member of executive management until Pernille Fabricius assumes the position by no later than August 1, 2020 and assume a smooth handover process.

Carsten Dilling says:

“I would like to thank Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen for his valuable contributions and dedication to NNIT since 2014. He has been instrumental for NNIT’s IPO and our first five years as a listed company as well as our successful acquisitions. I wish him all the best in his new ventures and board career.”

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NNIT and Association of Danish Pharmacies extend collaboration

Pressrelease • Jan 17, 2020 08:30 GMT

Copenhagen, January 17, 2020 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, announces that it has signed an extension of its agreement with Danish Association of Pharmacies.

NNIT will remain responsible for the operation and development of the PharmaNet system, which is the backbone of the daily customer service and financial management at more than 365 pharmacy units across Denmark. NNIT took over responsibility for the system in 2007.

”The pharmacist needs an IT backbone that supports the stable, daily operations of a very complicated system. Meanwhile, we have great demands for the digitalization of the whole business area. It is therefore paramount for the Association of Danish Pharmacies to offer our members a system, which is continually adapted to their needs and the tough regulatory requirements," says Anders Kretzschmar, CEO of Association of Danish Pharmacies. "Over the past twelve years NNIT has adjusted their services to our needs and they continue to create value for our business, so we are pleased to continue our collaboration with them."

Association of Danish Pharmacies has decided to retain its partnership with NNIT regarding on-site development, maintenance, help desk and support for the pharmacies, as well as the underlying operation of PharmaNet. The system is used for customer service and financial management.

Commenting on the agreement, Senior Vice President at NNIT Ricco Larsen says:

“Our employees across the whole organization are very happy that NNIT once again extends the agreement with the Association of Danish Pharmacies extend. When a client accepts to extend the collaboration upon twelve years of collaboration it is an acknowledgement of our team’s ability to create value for them in line with their needs. We are very proud of this achievement.”

The association of Danish Pharmacies and NNIT last agreed to extend the collaboration in June 2015. This agreement has now been extended with an additional four years. The new contract represents a moderate three-digit million DKK turnover over four years.

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Helga Heyn, NNIT Communications, +45 30 77 81 41, hhey@nnit.com

About Danish Association of Pharmacies

https://www.apotekerforeningen.dk/

NNIT and Lundbeck extend collaboration

Pressrelease • Jan 15, 2020 08:40 GMT

Copenhagen, January 15, 2019 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, announces that it has signed an extension of its agreement with H. Lundbeck A/S (Lundbeck), a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases.

According to the new agreement, NNIT will for the next four years continue to maintain and support Lundbeck’s global applications portfolio including operations of their SAP environment, Robotic Process Automation and Test Management for life sciences.

Commenting on the agreement, Senior Vice President at NNIT Ricco Larsen says:

“We are proud to continue this decade-long collaboration, where we deliver advanced life sciences IT to create value and support to Lundbeck’s digital transformation for the benefit of people with brain diseases.”

The estimated total value of the new agreement is a large double-digit million amount (DKK).

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Helga Heyn, NNIT Communications, +45 30 77 81 41, hhey@nnit.com

About Lundbeck

https://www.lundbeck.com

NNIT and Apptio partner around solutions for better investment planning and wiser cloud spend

Pressrelease • Dec 20, 2019 10:00 GMT

Copenhagen, December 20, 2019 – NNIT enters into partnership with the U.S.-based company, Apptio, Inc., a leading provider of tools that uses machine learning to create financial transparency on IT costs. With the advanced software, CIOs can gather information about all IT procurement and data on spend for an overview of the expenses.

Financial transparency is becoming more and more important for companies working on digital transformation and migration to the cloud, explains Brian Troelsen, Business Development Director, NNIT:

“Many organizations are motivated by the potential cost savings related to cloud migration. In order to be able to realize the cost savings, however, they need insights from the enterprise’s current and expected future consumption of IT such as cloud services. Therefore, CIOs request transparency early in the process.”

NNIT wants to meet the demand from customers in all segments including international life sciences companies and private and public companies in Denmark.

In general, procurement of financial management tools for CIOs is expected to grow by 19 percent over the next five years, predicts analyst Robert Naegle of the consultancy company Gartner1.

“It is not a given that CIOs will save money through cloud migration. It requires a data-driven approach. Furthermore, it is important to keep oversight of the expenses and the consumption, which as the year goes by often takes place under the IT director's radar,” Brian Troelsen explains.

Transparency is key to informed investment decisions, and therefore Apptio has automated the entire process of capturing and prioritizing investments, creating value delivery roadmap plans, and optimizing development resources.

“We’re thrilled to continue working with NNIT to ensure its customers have a clear understanding of, and accountability for cloud spend. Detailed insights around consumption and costs puts IT leaders in control to decide how to most efficiently utilize the cloud for their organization’s needs,” says Simon Nielsen, regional sales director at Apptio.

NNIT and Apptio already collaborate to help clients make more informed decisions about IT investments.

1Gartner “Market Guide for IT Financial Management Tools,” Robert Naegle, 17 October 2018

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Helga Heyn, NNIT Communications, +45 30 77 81 41, hhey@nnit.com

About Apptio

Apptio® is a leading provider of SaaS solutions that help organizations make smart decisions as they analyze, plan, optimize, control, and collaborate about the investments that will transform the IT operating model. For more information, please visit www.Apptio.com

​NNIT and Bang & Olufsen sign agreement on Cloud Operation Services

Pressrelease • Dec 04, 2019 10:31 GMT

Copenhagen, December 4, 2019 – NNIT, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, has signed a new cloud operation services agreement with Bang & Olufsen.

The company, already a client at NNIT, is moving a large part of IT infrastructure to the cloud in Microsoft Azure. Following the agreement, NNIT will handle Bang & Olufsen’s cloud transition and continue helping them select and optimize the use of the most relevant solutions.

“Like most global companies with the need for a modernized IT infrastructure, B&O has a focus on automation and agile at scale, and we look forward to continue supporting their transition to the cloud,” explains Senior Vice President at NNIT, Jacob Hahn Michelsen.

Jan Topp, Head of Group IT at Bang & Olufsen, is pleased with the continued collaboration:

“We look forward to expanding our collaboration with NNIT in the cloud. NNIT understands our cloud journey and delivers solutions that support our digital transformation.”

The agreement is effective as of November 2019. The collaboration between Bang & Olufsen and NNIT dates to 2007 when NNIT won a tender for SAP operations and helped B&O move their ERP systems to a Microsoft SQL platform. An agreement regarding infrastructure was added in 2012, and today the collaboration focuses on B&O’s digital transformation and automation.

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About NNIT

NNIT is an international consultancy in the development, implementation, validation and operation of IT for the life sciences industry and the Danish private and public sector. We create value for our clients by treating their IT as if it was our own, and of course, we meet the industry’s strictest regulatory requirements. We apply the latest advances in technology to make our clients’ software, business processes and communication more effective. NNIT A/S has more than 3,200 employees. For more information please visit www.nnit.com.

About B&O

https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en

NNIT signs five-year agreement with Ørsted Sales & Distribution A/S

Pressrelease • Nov 26, 2019 10:04 GMT

NNIT adds another critical national IT infrastructure to its list of customers and expands its footprint in the energy sector.

NNIT A/S, a leading provider of IT services and consultancy, has entered a five-year agreement with Ørsted Sales and Distribution A/S about cloud-enabling IT-infrastructure operations for Radius Elnet A/S, as the 10-day standstill period has ended, and the parties signed the contract.

According to the agreement, NNIT will for the next five years assume responsibility for the grid company’s new IT-infrastructure with a hybrid cloud solution, which will support SAP ERP-systems and business critical service platforms for Radius Elnet A/S.

“The tender pays special attention to national supply, which naturally imposes high demands for stability and security as well as quality of our services and experience,“ explains Jacob Hahn Michelsen, Senior Vice President, NNIT. He continues:

"Ørsted Sales & Distribution A/S is NNIT’s third, large customer in the energy sector and we have considerable experience with IT-infrastructure of critical importance to society from clients such as the Agency for Digitisation, ATP, e-nettet, Courts of Denmark and National Railways. We are very proud to win this tender."

NNIT A/S is one of Denmark’s leading IT service providers and consultancies. NNIT A/S offers a wide range of IT services and solutions to its customers, primarily in the life sciences sector in Denmark and internationally and to customers in the public, enterprise and finance sectors in Denmark. As of September 30, 2019, NNIT A/S had 3,221 employees. For more information please visit www.nnit.com.

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Helga Heyn, NNIT Communications, +45 30 77 81 41, hhey@nnit.com

About NNIT
www.nnit.com

About Radius
https://radiuselnet.dk/