Adaptive Process Services (APS) was opened in March 2016 with the simple premise that there had to be a better way for health professionals to manage and maintain clinical data.
We worked closely with customers operating clinical trials as well as general practitioners, government employees and not a small number of specialists from different fields, collecting requirements and developing solutions in an effort to resolve issues with compliance, security and the ethical issues that come with data ownership.
The first versions of CERES were rolled into a smaller projects focused on hardened security, different Roles (security personas) to control access and detailed metadata (logging of the process around the data itself). We were constantly chasing our tails because of one important factor, data needs and wants to change.
Our customers are researchers, business owners and enthusiastic philanthropists.
They wanted to give their customers the best and most ethical experience they could and preserve the quality and validity of any data they collected, while also making it as quick and inexpensive as possible. They wanted to update their processes quickly and frequently and any application they used that forced a ‘strict’ process caused problems.
We changed tack immediately. if a user wanted to share content, collect data or perform workflow CERES had to offer a design decision for the customer to make. We prepared for stand alone product release for CERES Documents, with configurable documents and sections, data collection capability and all the security and meta from before.
Since we are a fully self funded and hard working company, we also pick up development and due diligence contracts from customers in other industries, such as Finance, Education, Compliance, Logistics and Resource sectors. We spend our time modelling processes and fixing data stores, and that’s when the penny really dropped.
These companies were all extensive users of spreadsheets, like Microsoft Excel. They all had access to expensive specialist applications, customer relationship software, bespoke databases, etc. but at the end of the day when they needed to manipulate data they would export it to CSV and hack at it in exactly the same way our contacts in the Health industry did.
CERES Documents went back to the drawing board again! We added the ability for Documents could be related to other each other, so a web of collected artifacts can be predefined. We are now working to allow for data collection Documents to be used as points of integration, so CERES can sit in between existing applications and unstructured data and provide visibility for the work that used to be done by spreadsheet.
We have also started to include the ability to visualize and report upon the data within CERES, creating analytics which can be used to create dashboards and active reports.