Digital transformation in pharma, medical devices and biotech companies is one of the hottest industry topics this year. No big surprise, as digitization enables much closer collaboration within the health sciences network, innovate and operate in real time, and focusing on patient outcomes, just to name a few. But digitization is not the only topic the industry is discussing, right? You still need to keep going core business processes seamlessly. Or will digitization change everything?
To find out, SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG are pretty good indicators on latest industry trends, let’s have a look at the life sciences sessions there. The sessions can be grouped into the following six big buckets: digital transformation, life sciences R&D, operational excellence including track and trace in pharma, M&A and finance and HR.
TOP 1: Digital Transformation in Life Sciences
Even if digitization will touch every part and every process of the life sciences business –the key question is: Where should a life sciences companies start its journey to the digital transformation?
Get prepared for creating and executing your life sciences digital strategy with these sessions:
- Merck & Co., Inc. – Improve Business Performance through Digitization in Life Sciences
- Move at the Speed of Digital in Consumer Industries
- CSL Behring LLC – Using Digital Transformation to Amazon-Proof Your Pharmaceutical Business
- Varian Medical – A Digital Transformation: How Varian Medical Converted to SAP S/4HANA
- Edgewell Personal Care – Win in the Digital Economy by Transforming Home and Personal Care
- Merck & Co. Inc. – Protect the Digital Enterprise by Reinforcing Cybergovernance
- Medtronic’s ALM Road Map to Enable Greater End-to-End Operational Excellence
- Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica – Adventures in Animal Health: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) Deploys a Global Template
- Exact Sciences Leverages a Managed Services Model to Guide Its Way
- IDEXX – Lessons Learned: IDEXX Laboratories Mobile Landscape with On-Premise and Cloud Deployment
- Cardinal Health – Accelerate Self-Service Data Preparation with SAP Agile Data Preparation
- Cardinal Health – A Cure for Unhealthy Data, with SAP Solutions for EIM and SAP Master Data Governance, in Healthcare
- Lecture Presentation and Roundtable with Pfizer: How a Leading Pharma Company Leveraged its Community to Drive Sustainment
- Johnson & Johnson – Top Most-Common Data Governance Challenges in the Digital Economy
TOP 2: Big Data in R&D and Personalized Medicine
Networking and in-memory computing allow for the creation of new ways to develop drugs, medical devices, and services that deliver therapies to specific patient populations or even to one specific patient. This trend is enhanced by digital patients who take on more responsibility on their health and actively participate in connected health models. Connected health can unveil valuable real-world evidence data on the efficacy of a drug or medical device. Sounds easier as it is. It is actually pretty challenging to make sense of all this huge amounts of data from diverse sources and in many formats.
Find out how to overcome this hurdle and how to maximize life sciences R&D productivity at the following sessions:
- American Society of Clinical Oncology / CancerLinQ– Deliver Personalized Medicine Through Clinical Innovation
- Weill Cornell Medicine: Rely on Big Data for Superior Research Outcomes
- Develop New Drugs and Medical Devices in a Targeted and Efficient Way
- Support Superior Medical Research and Analysis with Big Data Analytics
- Recreate Healthcare Based on Consumer-Oriented Expectations
- Facilitate Healthcare Delivery and Enhance Patient Outcomes
- Promote Consumerism in Healthcare
- Outsidethe box IoT example – Connect Military Healthcare Through Digital Integration
TOP 3: Operational Excellence – Real-Time Transparency for Increased Patient Safety, Quality and Compliance
Governments want to ensure patient safety and prevent counterfeit drugs and medical devices. Consequently, they are introducing new regulations that increase transparency across the life sciences value chain, e.g. pharma serialization mandates. In order to comply, the industry will need to align manufacturing, packaging, logistics, and outsourcing processes. Overall, the quality of drugs and medical devices has been and will continue to be a top priority in life sciences. Facing growing competition, life sciences companies need to be able to operate a compliant but also streamlined way.
Learn in the following sessions how to collaborate to fulfill pharma serialization requirements efficiently and run your life sciences sourcing, SCM and manufacturing in a compliant but agile way:
- Help Ensure Patient Safety by Tracking and Tracing Pharmaceuticals
- Comply with Serialization Requirements Through Partner Collaboration
- Panel Discussion with McKesson and other front-runners – Maximize Business Agility with a Digital, Demand-Driven Supply Network
- IDEXX Laboratories Extended APO-PPDS Functionality to Improve Usability
- IDEXX Laboratories – Learn How IDEXX Migrated SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA in Five Weeks
- Medtronic – Implementing SAP Manufacturing Execution for the Medical Device and Diagnostics Industry
- Zoetis Global Artwork/Packaging Specs Management and LIMS leveraging SAP QM
- Pfizer – Work Order Collaboration Using SAP Supply Network Collaboration (SAP SNC)
- Maximize Performance of Suppliers and Outsourcing Partners
TOP 4: Marketing and e-Commerce in Life Sciences
Whether you sell to wholesale distributors, hospitals or directly to consumers and patients, one thing is clear: your customers expect a seamless and consistent experience on every channel. This can be pretty challenging due to complex and changing portfolios and varying information needs of each different customer segment.
Get more insights on best practice examples how to improve customer experiences across channels:
- GSK – Boost Revenue Through Improved Customer Experiences Across Segments
- Sanofi – Innovative E-Commerce Experience with SAP HANA
- Qiagen’s E-Commerce Vision and Web Shop Launch Using SAP Hybris Solutions
- BD – Global E-Commerce Platform Boosts Sales for Becton, Dickinson and Company
TOP 5: M&A and Finance
To strengthen the focus on core competencies M&A, spin-offs and divestitures are happening at a record level currently. For example, the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry completed 35 M&A in Q1/2015 with a total value of $166.3 billion according to PwC. Just to give a comparison, total deal value in the whole year 2014 was $150.1 billion with 161 transactions. The efforts to integrate different companies or to separate divisions in case of divestures is immense. Further, CFOs in Life Sciences companies need to understand their business in real time and to be able to predict precisely impacts of various scenarios to improve strategic decision-making.
Learn in the following sessions how to best streamline Finance and M&A processes:
- Cardinal Health – Increase the ROI of Your Acquisitions
- Cardinal Health – Acquisitions and System Integrations: Keeping Customer Data Protected
- Zimmer Biomet – Global Trade Services: Create a Single Global Trade Platform Through Mergers and Acquisitions
- Allergan’s Journey to Global Process Simplification and Consolidation
- CVS Leverages SAP HANA to Transform Financial and Inventory Management
- Merck FSA: Establish a Single Data-Sharing Area on the SAP HANA Platform
TOP 6: HR
The dramatic transformation of the life sciences industry dramatically impacts what people do and how they learn, interact, and grow.
Explore how to enable your talents to drive change and grow in the following sessions:
- Train and Develop Life Sciences Talents Effectively While Complying with Regulations
- IDEXX Laboratories – Lessons Learned: IDEXX Lab HR Renewal Implementation with Modernized UX
- Edgewell Personal Care – Bridge IT and Business Gaps Through Successful SaaS Implementation
Overall, on first sight it is obvious that digital transformation is a big topic, but it seems it is not the only one. On a second look, I think that all sessions touch on digitization as in-memory technology, IoT, networks in the Cloud, cyber security and other game-changing technology innovations are covered in every session mentioned above.
What is your point of view? Please share your thoughts with us at the comment section below, at the Life Sciences Demo Station at SAPPHIRE NOW, or on twitter @SAP_Healthcare. We very much look forward to hearing from you! Don’t miss SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG 2016 and register now!