In her function, Terri O’Donovan is liable for shaping the biotech firm’s digital technique to make it a extra predictive and adaptive plant.
A robust digital transformation technique wants a frontrunner who is aware of how a enterprise operates and the right way to carry staff alongside on the journey.
In Janssen Sciences Eire in Cork, that chief is Terri O’Donovan. With greater than 14 years of expertise in Janssen, O’Donovan was appointed as the primary digital and expertise lead on the website as a pilot for the worldwide Janssen provide chain.
As a part of her function, she liable for shaping the location’s digital technique and serving to it to develop into a extra predictive and adaptive plant.
O’Donovan additionally created the primary Janssen digital and expertise division, working with key stakeholders within the enterprise to realize approval from international Janssen results in add a digital and expertise lead at every website and for them to be a part of the senior management group.
‘When persons are involved in studying extra and upskilling, it really allows digital transformation’
– TERRI O’DONOVAN
“Since July of this 12 months, we now have six digital and expertise website leads throughout the organisation, which helps with sharing greatest practices, stage loading work on new applied sciences and helps the scaling up of them,” she advised SiliconRepublic.com.
“We’ve constructed a digital ecosystem by partnering with industrial and tutorial companions to advance our journey. We’re delighted to be a part of the Enterprise Digital Advisory Discussion board the place we will contribute to the Nationwide Digital Technique by offering info from the pharmaceutical trade.”
To construct digital functionality, change administration and problem-solving expertise, O’Donovan additionally labored with Janssen’s international group to develop a ‘Workforce of the Future’ programme to help continued skilled growth and coaching of staff.
“What I’ve discovered is when persons are involved in studying extra and upskilling, it really allows digital transformation,” she stated.
Exterior of her pioneering function as digital and expertise lead, O’Donovan can be a powerful advocate for girls in STEM and is a WiSTEM2D ambassador.
As a part of her digital transformation group, 66pc of hires had been girls and he or she is engaged on narrowing the gender hole in AI by elevating consciousness about gender variety.
She additionally labored with the ladies graduates on her group to launch a digital and expertise e-newsletter, Yammer web page and SharePoint website for steady data sharing on AI and expertise.
Bringing in new tech
No digital transformation technique is with out its challenges. For O’Donovan, the largest hurdle was round gathering ample information to match at present used processes with new ones.
“The important thing to this success is stakeholders being courageous sufficient to belief the info and the expertise,” she stated.
One instance of digital transformation O’Donovan talked about was the location’s ‘in-line conditioning expertise’.
“The manufacturing course of requires 170,000 litres of buffer options, that are primarily comprised of water. The standard method makes use of massive vessels to arrange and retailer these buffers, which might have required a bigger facility footprint, resulting in costlier operating prices,” she stated.
“Janssen’s modern undertaking implies that particular person, high-concentrated buffer inventory options are ready, blended collectively after which blended with water from the distribution loop on the chromatography skid, resulting in the actual time manufacturing and launch of the buffer at level of use within the course of.
“This resulted in a storage discount capability of roughly 80pc. It additionally led to a price discount of €1.25m per 12 months and had a constructive sustainability impression utilizing 50pc much less plastic.”
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