For each research project,
Doriane brings 30 years
of IT for vegetal research.
What is UNISIGMA?
A combined research center for the ADVANTA, Océal and IN VIVO groups, UNISIGMA is specialized in plant breeding for small grain cereals and combining peas.
UNISIGMA’s breeds include: Wheat, SPONSOR, BALTIMOR, PYTAGOR and most recently DINOSOR; Spring barley, SCARLETT and SEBASTIAN; and the Winter barley, VANESSA.
On the 5 Research sites under the management of Philippe Lerebour,
Former versions of RnDExp™ for testing and RnDExpMobile™ have been used at 8 individual lab stations and with 3 Itronix handheld computers. UNISIGMA has been a DORIANE client since 1987.
Guillaume Roullet is a Breeder and Head of Information Systems and Jean-Baptiste Guignaudeau is in charge of IT for Research Operations.
Jean Baptiste Guignaudeau (In charge if IT for Research operations) testifies :
Why did you choose RnDExp™ ?
We are a small team that means that we have to really focus on our work of experiments, trials and breeding. As such, the DORIANE offer attracted us because it allowed us to work without having to become technical experts or forcing us to hire additional technical experts.
How did you go about using it?
Even if I know the product well, DORIANE was there to make sure the product was working well, updating the functions, etc. And, all of this was done remotely, which saved a lot of time.
Does RnDExp™ respond well to your needs?
“It covers our experimental needs well, particularly when it comes to data analysis and labeling. The import/export tool is very useful. The only things that I am still doing in Excel are interim analyses. Moreover, as far as time efficiency, data access, accessing multiple tables at once, etc, the program is very efficient.”
Guillaume Roullet (Breeder - In charge of the information system of Unisigma) testifies :
Guillaume, you have been at UNISIGMA for 3 years; what are your impressions on adapting to RnDExp™ ?
RnDExp™ is a sophisticated, technical program that is not a very simple tool, but I adapted quite easily to its use.
What are the advantages of RnDExp™ and RnDExpMobile™ ?
Combined, the products allow for a great integration of the different aspects of the projects from the fields to the data analysis in the labs.
From a technical standpoint, we decided to set RnDExp™ up on a dedicated server at each team’s location and to locate the database on the company’s main server platform. This server architecture works very well and RnDExp™ and RnDExpMobile™ are very reliable.
If the program is considered a success, what role did the DORIANE team plan in this success?
We have very good relations with DORIANE, and the team is always readily available. DORIANE communicates well and shows us that they listen well to our needs. I would even say that they anticipate our needs, sometimes with a wealth of relevant options that we don’t expect, something that obviously comes from their experience with other similar clients.
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