Strategic infrastructure consulting, transformation and operations management partnership with the largest pharmaceutical manufacturer in the world, to support the client’s establishment of a Next Generation Information Foundation (NGIF) for on-demand access to data and analytics across multiple internal and external sources
The ChallengeA fragmented network of over 140+ applications and countless point-to-point integrations and disparate projects, operating in silos
The client is a leading Fortune 500 pharmaceutical manufacturer. Virtusa came in as a preferred strategic partner and has been engaged for 15+ years, being embedded throughout the organization with 40+ active engagements and headcount of 75+ FTEs. Virtusa has been supporting the organization through multiple digital, infrastructure, and enterprise information management services.
Virtusa has supported the client’s establishment of the NGIF whose seamless systems integration and modern architecture allows the client’s employers and third-party organizations, such as Contract Research Organizations (CROs), labs, providers and other clinical trial partners to access relevant knowledge at their ﬁngertips. With NGIF, the enterprise is better equipped for patient-centric, science-driven adaptive programs, quality study designs, and chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) regulatory aﬀairs.
As with many life sciences organizations, the client’s organization had incrementally built their legacy IT environment responding to ongoing business needs. New capabilities were developed overtime, resulting in:
- 140+ applications and countless point-to-point integrations
- Every project had its custom data structures, standards, and ﬂows
- Project-based eﬀorts with minimal regard for the broader IT ecosystem
- Ongoing challenges with integration of information assets
- Manual business processes to create reports and share knowledge across departments
The SolutionA next-gen, centralized data hub
Virtusa supports the client on various systems integration, security and reporting capabilities on NGIF while protecting the client’s intellectual property, complying with regulations and ensuring the continuity and stability of the client’s technology assets.
NGIF supports several data movement patterns via the Information Exchange Platform (IEP) from the Information Hub Services (IHS) team, depending on unique partner and subscriber needs. Examples of data movement patterns include enterprise service bus (ESB), web services, Informatica maps and batch ﬁles. Virtusa has also developed custom APIs speciﬁc systems integration needs.
The BenefitDis-intermediated, asynchronous data-access resulting in reduced burden on enterprise IT resources
Business service leaders and other external users can independently access data through NGIF, without having to depend on the Enterprise IT team
- A signiﬁcant improvement in the transaction per second (TPS) count from 3.6 TPS with the previous Karaf-based application to 20 TPS with the OpenShift application (4 pods running)
- The lead time to build and deploy an application reduced from 10 days to 2 days
- Reduced burden on enterprise IT resources, allowing them to focus on innovation and backlog
- Eﬀort and time required to create new ﬁle extracts reduced by more than 50% (about 2 months to < 1 month)
- One generic conﬁgurable ﬁle service can support the 7 subscribers migrating from legacy MedSAD and need data in ﬂat ﬁles
- Supports all future subscribers who cannot utilize NGIF due to integration challenges