Customer Stories / Life Sciences
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Speeds Up Data and Analytics Solution Delivery with Highly Automated Custom Environments on AWS
Learn how Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is empowering faster insights with a holistic data analytics ecosystem on AWS.
For the past 355 years, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has built powerful solutions across its life sciences, healthcare, and electronics businesses to drive progress and improve customers’ and patients’ lives. To help its three business sectors make better data-driven decisions, the company sought to unify its data and analytics silos and democratize access to standardized tools and processes.
Toward this, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany built a secure and highly automated platform for data and analytics using Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a part of a wider ecosystem to accelerate time to data insights. Now, its data teams create custom analytics environments on demand, connected to the company network, that meet security and compliance standards and provide access to common analytics tools.
“We are building a vibrant and ever-evolving data and analytics ecosystem at our company,” says Walid Mehanna, Group Data Officer at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “AWS services are a fantastic addition to our tech stack and give us flexibility to build what we need to deliver value to our customers and patients.”
Opportunity | Using AWS Services to Build a Connected Analytics Platform
With over 60,000 employees across 66 countries, the three business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany help find solutions to some of today’s toughest challenges. The company’s data and analytics ecosystem is organized in a hub-hub-spoke model. Its central data office provides the ecosystem, operating model, and data governance solutions to the business sectors. “We have many teams that are working on innovative data science solutions,” says Florian Mohnert, product owner for the AWS-based data and analytics platform in the data office at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “Previously, there was a lack of central governance and analytics technologies, which made it difficult for teams to move quickly.”
Without a centralized infrastructure, data was siloed in multiple systems across the organization. Teams spent weeks provisioning secure, compliant infrastructure to run analytics workloads. Completing data science tasks required manual effort, prolonging the time it took to deploy solutions for teams’ business sectors. To accelerate implementation timelines, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany needed a platform to reduce this manual effort, streamline access to analytics models and tools, and provide teams with more time to focus on innovative, value-generating tasks.
In mid-2021, the data office started building its platform on AWS, using its powerful analytics offerings. The teams worked closely alongside the AWS account and solutions architect teams as well as AWS Professional Services, a global team of experts that helps businesses reach their desired outcomes on AWS. “Having the right people, mindset, and capabilities from the beginning is crucial,” says Kamal Saade, architecture capability lead in the data office at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “AWS Professional Services provided significant support and helped us choose the right services for future success.”
We are building a vibrant and ever-evolving data & analytics ecosystem at our company. AWS is a fantastic addition to our tech stack that gives us great flexibility to build whatever we need to deliver value to our customers and patients."
Group Data Officer, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Solution | Creating Data and Analytics Environments in 1–2 Days Instead of Weeks
Outcome | Expanding Advanced Data and Analytics Capabilities on AWS
“At our core, we are an innovation company,” says Saade. “We’re making things that people haven’t made before. Using our data and analytics platform on AWS, we can innovate, progress, and get ahead of our competition.”
About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across life science, healthcare, and electronics. More than 60,000 employees work to make a positive difference in millions of people’s lives every day.
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