Open-source container PaaS speeds app development at Boehringer Ingelheim

Container technology managed by an open source PaaS is enabling pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim to quickly respond to industry changes and continuously develop new applications and services for its customers.

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Clemens Utschig-Utschig

Digital transformation continues to improve healthcare capabilities, but with this comes new challenges for pharmaceutical companies. To support speedy development of new applications, tech leaders at pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim have settled on container technology managed by an open source PaaS.

The company is a top-20 global researching pharma with its HQ in Germany and a strong presence in Benelux. This includes a corporate office for the European Union (EU) in Brussels and the recent acquisition of the Belgium-based biotech company Global Stem cell Technology (GST). Currently it has over 400 staff in the region, working across the organisation's human pharma and animal health business units.

As governments move towards electronic health records and patients come to expect telemedicine and online prescription services, pharmaceutical companies need to ensure they innovate in order to stay relevant and aligned with customer needs. Understanding the need to bring new digital services to its customers in line with sector changes, Boehringer Ingelheim began to look for ways to support faster, more responsive development of digital healthcare solutions while remaining compliant with strict industry regulations.

Led by CTO Clemens Utschig-Utschig, the organisation developed a technology strategy encompassing use of an open-source container PaaS and focusing on optimising data, processes and governance while establishing product teams with the right skills for this new business approach.

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