Boehringer Ingelheim Achieves Faster Delivery to Market with Red Hat OpenShift

Red Hat, Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has announced that Boehringer Ingelheim has used Red Hat OpenShift to accelerate the development of its digital healthcare portfolio and enable the continuous delivery of new applications and services.

With Red Hat OpenShift, Boehringer Ingelheim has increased productivity, streamlined compliance and achieved up to five times faster delivery to market of new services through automated scaling and management processes.

OpenShift enables us to continuously innovate and develop new digital healthcare services and applications in a compliant manner. Working with Red Hat has allowed us to transform and keep improving.

Boehringer Ingelheim is a top-20 global pharmaceutical company with a diverse portfolio that includes medicines, animal health and biopharmaceuticals. Boehringer Ingelheim’s digital lab is responsible for accelerating the development of healthcare through digital innovation: it delivers solutions that support telemedicine, electronic health records, medical prescriptions and a wide range of other digital healthcare services.

Open source, Kubernetes and containers are integral to Boehringer Ingelheim’s digital strategy to enable continuous innovation and a shift to digital healthcare. The company selected Red Hat OpenShift because it provided the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform that enables them to develop and run cloud-native applications at scale in a hybrid cloud environment.

Running self hosted Red Hat OpenShift in its datacenters around the globe and Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated, a fully managed service of Red Hat OpenShift on Amazon Web Services, Boehringer Ingelheim’s developers can seamlessly develop and deploy applications faster and in the environment of their choice. They now focus resources on creating innovation for customers instead of operational tasks. Furthermore Boehringer Ingelheim uses OpenDevStack, an open source platform that provides standardized tools and applications to support rapid adoption of continuous delivery (CD) processes.

Red Hat OpenShift has given Boehringer Ingelheim the ability to automatically scale compute resources up and down, as, and when, required. The platform supports a range of automated management processes that have freed up developers and digital product teams to deliver new applications.

Business users have achieved up to a five-fold reduction in time to market because of the improved efficiencies and a continuous delivery approach. To date, Boehringer Ingelheim has released 11 digital products with many more in development. For example, Boehringer Ingelheim uses Red Hat OpenShift to run PetPro Connect powered by Pawru, its pet healthcare app that provides telemedicine, loyalty programs, and other features to hundreds of thousands of pet owners and more than a million pets.

The pharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated. With Red Hat OpenShift and OpenDevStack, Boehringer Ingelheim can automatically generate documentation to comply with the latest industry guidelines. Having automated platform processes has significantly reduced the time developers spend on managing regulation and compliance.

Enterprise open source initiatives present developers and software engineers with the opportunity to work on exciting projects, contribute to the development of new code and interact with digital communities. Following the migration to Red Hat OpenShift, Boehringer Ingelheim received an influx of applications from candidates attracted by the prospect of working in an open source environment.

Ashesh Badani, senior vice president, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat, commented, “The shift to digital healthcare is creating new opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry and we are excited to collaborate closely with Boehringer Ingelheim to help them respond to these transformations and improve productivity and time to market. With Red Hat OpenShift at the heart of its hybrid cloud strategy, Boehringer Ingelheim drives the continuous delivery of new commercial services for its customers at scale and adopts a cloud-native approach to application development using containers and Kubernetes.”

Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Head of IT Technology Strategy & CTO, Boehringer Ingelheim, said, “We are committed to a culture of open source. Based on our history with Red Hat, it was a straightforward decision to use Red Hat to back our container program. OpenShift gave us the structure and the stability to implement enterprise-grade Kubernetes, develop our own clusters and seamlessly integrate with cloud service providers. We operate in a complex, fast moving and highly regulated sector. Thanks to Red Hat we can achieve things faster and smarter. OpenShift enables us to continuously innovate and develop new digital healthcare services and applications in a compliant manner. Working with Red Hat has allowed us to transform and keep improving. It has also caught the attention of software engineers who believe the work we are doing is cool! Many engineers prefer to work with open source because they can actively contribute to developing new code. We feel this will help us to retain and attract new talent.”

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