2017 Winner Profile

Merck Manufacturing IT

Project Description:
Across Merck, plant, laboratory, distribution and planning systems produce significant volumes of data on a continuous basis. In recent years, data scientists have started leveraging that data to create insights across process optimization, supply chain execution and quality operations. However, each initiative requires 60 percent to 80 percent of the effort to find the data, get access to the data and acquire the data. To make the data continually accessible and connected to drive the greatest value, Merck Manufacturing IT developed its Manufacturing Analytical Intelligence (MANTIS) platform, an innovative approach to analytics across development, production and commercial operations. MANTIS leverages modern data warehouse technology to bring structured and unstructured data together across every part of an operation. As a result, the time and cost of the company's overall portfolio of IT analytics projects have decreased by 45 percent. The tangible business outcomes include a 30 percent reduction in average lead time, and a 50 percent reduction in average inventory carrying costs.
Business Functions:
IT, Manufacturing, Supply Chain or Logistics
Business Goal:
Operational Impact
Michele C Dalessandro, Vice President & CIO, Merck Manufacturing IT
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Healthcare (e.g. Medical Services, Pharmaceutical, Biotech)
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