Cloud First for Life Sciences

Finding new and better ways to unlock data, increase collaboration, improve engagement and transform your business with the power of cloud computing.

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Astellas’ next-gen cloud-based IT core platform

Transform your business with cloud

The cloud is one of the most value-creating technologies of our time. It is the foundation for the digital transformation that is driving profound changes in how life sciences companies operate, compete and create value for all their stakeholders.

The reality today is that it currently costs too much to identify and develop treatments—a cost that is passed onto consumers and health systems. The result is that many people struggle to access or afford vital treatments.

Unmet patient and HCP needs—as well as affordability and return on investments—are at the forefront of industry leaders’ minds, many of whom understand that cloud computing is not only worthwhile but required to achieve business goals.

If used effectively, cloud can help reduce that cost for biopharma companies and, ultimately, help make healthcare more affordable.

"The next three years in life sciences will be critical to the evolution of our industry. Companies that adopt cloud across the enterprise will be best positioned to better capitalize on the immediate and long-term future."

— Geoff Schmidt, Cloud First Life Sciences

Leader in Cloud Services | North America & Europe

Top spot in the inaugural Everest Group assessment

Why cloud? Why now?

For life sciences companies, the cloud’s virtue is not just about running a more efficient business, lowering costs and computing on demand. When part of an overall digital strategy that runs across the entire enterprise, cloud has the ability to:

Unlock data

Unlock powerful analytics insights by tapping into data you didn't even know you had.

Collaborate better across the ecosystem

After assessing your goals, we’ll work with you to define the right cloud solution for your business needs and deliver it at speed.

Create more meaningful patient and HCP engagement

Helping life sciences companies provide more informed, connected patient support.

Transform culture to embrace new ways of working

The talent that is needed to do all this well is in short supply globally.

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The path to value

Our recent survey discovered that compared to other industries, life sciences companies ranked the lowest in achieving their expected innovation, data access and analytics goals from cloud computing.


said they are not realizing the full benefits of their cloud migration journeys.


said they are very satisfied with the cloud outcomes achieved to date.


were confident that their organization’s cloud migration initiatives will deliver the expected value at the expected time.

Transforming Novartis’ business with multi-cloud

Novartis has embarked on an ambitious digital transformation to become the leading medicines company powered by data and cloud technologies and has collaborated with Accenture on a centralized data and analytics solution that harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning. Together, we created the data and analytics operating model, governance, road map, architecture, centralized data catalogue and holistic platform. The multi-cloud IT solution combines Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure within one connected ecosystem.

With its flexible new platform, Novartis can use data and analytics to help resolve a myriad of issues and exploit new opportunities right across the business, from R&D and patient services to marketing, finance, supply chain and procurement. Teams can target particular business areas and experiment with use cases to develop new drugs, attain operational efficiencies and engage with patients.

Novartis uses a multi-cloud data analytics platform to optimize operations and accelerate innovation.

What we think

Maximizing the value of cloud in life sciences

We asked 70 life sciences senior business and IT execs to understand their cloud strategies, progress to date and future plans. Read the survey.

The cloud imperative in life sciences

The cloud gives life sciences companies an opportunity to unlock data, collaborate across the ecosystem, improve engagement and more. Learn more.

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Creating value through people with cloud in life sciences

Change enablement professionals are turning to human-centric transformations to create a better work culture with cloud. Learn more.

Digital thread + SAP: A fresh approach to biopharma product management

Digital Thread for Life Sciences (DTLS) is a powerful combination of product, process and quality data. Learn how.

Weaving the digital thread for life sciences

The digital thread works to tackle the ongoing challenges within life sciences through greater connectivity & data visibility across the ecosystem.

How MedTechs can boost growth with the cloud

Accenture's Thomas Kawalec discusses how MedTech companies can boost revenue growth by leveraging cloud technology.

Case studies

INTIENT Clinical helps global biopharmaceutical company get life-saving drugs through clinical trial processes more efficiently.

Bristol Myers Squibb upgrades global SAP to S/4HANA in the AWS cloud flawlessly and without business disruption.

With data integration provided by Accenture, Roche's NAVIFY® Tumor Board is changing the way tumor board meetings are organized and conducted.

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Accenture helping Astellas Pharma create next-generation cloud-based IT core platform for advanced real-time decision making

New platform supports sustainable and innovative medical solutions through centralized data visualization across global operations.

Accenture and Organon team up to drive digital transformation for better patient and employee experiences

Accenture has been selected by Organon to help establish and manage the transformation of the company’s ERP technology into a cloud-based digital core.

Takeda accelerates digital transformation with Accenture and AWS

Collaboration will leverage cloud and data-driven insights to accelerate drug development, increase agility and reduce costs.

Awards and recognition

Capturing the full business value from cloud is both necessary and complicated. Discover how our recognition and awards distinguish us as the right partner to help you define and implement the right cloud strategy for your business.

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