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AWS and SAP: regulated workloads in the cloud

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SHARE: AWS and SAP: How and Why Companies Run Regulated Workloads in the Cloud 5 "It took us five months to implement and it was a non-event for the company," Damiani said. "It proved that the holdup on running SAP in the AWS cloud was more due to outdated perceptions than anything else." Moderna's positive experience was underpinned by the work AWS and SAP have done to simplify the process of getting started with regulated workloads in cloud environments. Amgen has also benefited from those efforts but, as a more established business with existing on-premise infrastructure, it has taken a different journey. Amgen is part way through a phased-migration of SAP to the AWS cloud. In this intermediate state, Amgen runs SAP applications on both its on-premise infrastructure and the AWS cloud. Certain technologies must be used to make this hybrid model work but, supported by AWS and SAP, Amgen has found the migration to be manageable and worthwhile. "There are not really major challenges," Amgen's Mundre s aid. "Since I worke d in on-premis e infrastructure for quite a while, the cloud is different ... but there is always a workaround." THE FUTURE OF SAP IN THE CLOUD Amgen and Moderna's use of SAP in the AWS cloud is breaking new ground and delivering benefits to both businesses. Yet, they, AWS, SAP and the industry as a whole are still uncovering the full extent of the improvements made possible by running regulated workloads in the cloud. At Moderna, the next step is to translate leading- edge uses of the cloud to GxP environments. One pilot project is using IoT buttons — like Amazon's consumer-fo cused Dash buttons — instead of Kanban cards to manage materials at a production plant. Instead of using cards to indicate when more materials are needed, production-line workers press the button to automatically place an order in SAP. "This pilot ... represents the fusion of AWS innovation and traditional, validated-SAP interfaces," Roland Smith, Senior Director of Digital GxP Systems at Moderna, said. The same can be said of Moderna's other initiatives. Having seen the benefit of applying traditional analytics and machine learning to data generated in its preclinical operation, Moderna now wants to turn the same techniques on new repositories accrued by its clinical and production teams to drive improvements in both environments. In doing so, Moderna will write another chapter about the benefits of running SAP in the AWS cloud, adding to the lessons about agility, compliance, reliability and security already learnt by it and other early adopters. l For over 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS in biotech and pharma, visit

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