Onsemble Conference Brings the Research Community Together

October 9th, 2013

Brian Brake, OnCore Projects Coordinator at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, shares his experience as an attendee at the Onsemble 2013 Fall Conference.


When I attended my first Onsemble conference in Nashville (the Onsemble 2013 Spring Conference), it was as a regulatory compliance coordinator for the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center.  I was a relative neophyte to the OnCore Enterprise Research System, in my own subjective silo of functionality.  I knew how I used it and how it worked for me, and that was just fine.  After that first conference, to paraphrase Seuss, my little silo expanded three sizes that day. I met so many colleagues from different areas who had unique and interesting perspectives on using OnCore, and I sensed untapped potential. I knew our center was growing and expanding our OnCore support team and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.  (You can read more about my first-time experience in my previous article, “Onsemble Conference Provides Building Blocks for Clinical Research Operations.“)

At the Onsemble 2013 Fall Conference, I came back as a freshly minted OnCore project coordinator, just one member of a team of three who will be supporting OnCore for our center. Because Indiana is rolling out OnCore throughout the university, we are learning how our center interacts with the new enterprise framework and how that affects our center. We are also exploring how to use our newly expanded resources to rethink how we use OnCore to further the aims of our center and increase productivity, improve workflows and eliminate redundant processes wherever we can.

Something I learned from my own experience was how difficult it can be for users happily living in their own silos to understand how their use of OnCore interacts and affects other silos. My hope is to take my accumulating knowledge of the system and help others to better use OnCore to improve their work and, hopefully, make their jobs a little easier.

One of the most remarkable things about the Onsemble conference is the community. Engaging with colleagues who have experienced problems that are remarkably similar to one’s own, but who have novel approaches to solutions, is an invaluable resource. We spend much of our time with our own unique problems that it is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate, commiserate and learn how to solve problems together.