The Enterprise Information Portal: Gateway to Market Strength An e-business innovation gives medtech companies a time-to-market edge. Feeling the relentless pressure to bring new products to market before the competition, medical technology companies are always looking for an edge. The reason is simple economics: being first with a product that has the potential to yield significant marginssuch as a drug-coated stent or next-generation pacemakercan translate into millions of dollars in earnings per month. Some organizations already enjoy an edge in time-to-market that comes from a new technology called the enterprise information portal (EIP). An EIP is a single Web-based interface combining numerous applications that is designed to improve internal and external project collaboration. Medtech companies traditionally have focused more on revenue growth than on cost reduction or maintenance of market share. Today's marketplace won't stand still for such an imbalance of emphasis, however. The innovative EIP concept is important because the portals facilitate the simultaneous achievement of all three goals byamong other benefitsincreasing productivity so that medtech organizations can more quickly implement studies, complete clinical trials, and obtain engineering results. One way that EIPs bring about all of these benefits is by optimizing the e-procurement function. Firms that take advantage of this new e-procurement strategy improve their chances of being market winners. Those that don't, risk being losers. This article spotlights the business advantages of EIPs, showing how they function, how they optimize e-procurement, and why that is critical. It concludes by discussing how medtech companies are gaining a competitive edge through EIPs. Medical technology organizations are using EIPs to augment their traditional goal of increasing revenue by also reducing costs and maintaining market share. These big three business benefits serve to enhance competitive advantage and provide for an accelerated return on investment. EIPs help medtech companies reduce the cost of
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