Pharmaceutical companies face major challenges today. They have to more rapidly develop pharmaceuticals all the time, link up their supply chains, and meet compliance regulations. One of our customers testifies to the help that digitalization can provide: For the pharmaceutical specialist with more than 50,000 employees around the world, flexible cloud services will become the preferred mode in order to be able to respond to new digital requirements in the pharmaceutical industry.
However, before the pharmaceutical company can benefit from all advantages of the cloud, it needs to modernize its outdated IT landscape. It is composed of more than 1,000 applications and more than 6,000 workloads. It is extremely difficult for the IT department to keep track of the overall infrastructure and application architecture. Administration of the heterogeneous IT landscape is also very complex, and therefore time-consuming and expensive.
Another important subject for the company: the many strict compliance requirements in the pharmaceutical industry need to be taken into account in the cloud strategy. This includes, for example, binding regulations from health authorities such as the US Food and Drug Aministration (FDA), guaranteeing protection against falsification, or good working practices in development, manufacturing, quality assurance and sales (Good Practice, GxP).
The company is planning to modernize its infrastructure with a Microsoft Azure-based cloud journey. This will standardize and automate it. Against this backdrop, we developed a cloud transformation strategy in conjunction with the customer that will make precisely this possible.
What is the best way to achieve the changeover into the cloud? Which applications and workloads can be readily transformed into the cloud? Which need to be adapted or redeveloped? Which ones are no longer relevant and can be turned off? In order to answers these and other questions relating to the migration to Microsoft Azure, we started a proof of concept (PoC) for the pharmaceutical company. The goal: By migrating two applications into the cloud, together with the customer we wanted to investigate what options were available for replicating the two business-critical applications in Azure. Alongside this, the company wanted to build up its own cloud knowledge so that it could later implement a smooth transition into the cloud.