A global pharmaceutical firm and industry leader identified a need to substantially enhance and upgrade the development and operations of its global scientific and business applications. Too many application silos resulted in difficult integration and data sharing. The legacy environment also had higher-than-desired development and operating costs. The firm wanted a consistent and integrated environment for creating and delivering applications.
This organization wanted to deploy a development and operating environment that could deliver several crucial benefits in a holistic fashion. The most important of these included:
The Maverick team of consultants started with a migration to a DevOps model supported by a complete cloud stack that included database, cloud infrastructure, middleware, and multiple OS support. The next step was to deploy more modern technologies for development and operations, including containers, Kubernetes, configuration management tools, microservices, and integrated security. The use of new automated tools and platforms delivered a step-function improvement that provided the desired results. Once this environment was live, Maverick worked with the customer to migrate over 200 applications, 100 databases, and more than a petabyte of data.
This platform is used by a combination of on and offshore teams that can work more seamlessly using the new DevOps environment. A key focus of the new agile DevOps environment is to increase the use of automation for every possible activity. This improves the speed and agility of the group and makes it more responsive to changing demands from the business. The increase in automation has also delivered much greater cost efficiency for the IT team.
This new platform has delivered numerous efficiencies and streamlined business processes. Operating budgets have been reduced by using autonomous, self-managing programs. The use of a combined offshore/onshore operations team has reduced the cost of 24/7 operations. This has enabled the firm to focus more of the budget on breakthrough applications in science and engineering that will enable the delivery of new medications to improve patient outcomes.