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Life-Saving Heart Valves, a Failing ERP, and Triumph in the Cloud

Blog: The Tibco Blog

A few years ago, Edwards Lifesciences was at a crossroads. Their enterprise resource planning system (ERP) was failing almost daily, causing delays in shipping their life-saving product: transcatheter heart valves. Unfortunately, a delay in shipment meant a delay in life-saving patient surgeries. That was just not an option for the global heart valve manufacturer.

Edwards Lifesciences’ Rajeev Bhardwaj, Sr. Director of Enterprise Technology, explained their predicament at a breakout session at TIBCO NOW 2018: “We knew we had two options. To hire the best talent and build an on-premises data center and spend two years to become marginally good. Or, move to the cloud with TIBCO and AWS and become world class quickly. Since we wanted to make a high impact right away, we decided to go 100% cloud.”

But even though Edwards Lifesciences was thinking big, the medical device company decided it was best to act small. Edwards Lifesciences had a vast enterprise architecture that didn’t talk to each other and was very fragmented. They had thousands of apps to move to the cloud, but they made a plan that was simple, practical, and actionable.

As a result, Edwards Lifesciences fast-tracked their migration of their on-premises applications to AWS using TIBCO. The entire project was complete in 7 months, with 95% of their infrastructure on AWS.

Said Rajeev: “Now, there are more opportunities because you can see everything. A great story I like to talk about is that now we can see when no one is on our development environment. So, we get to turn off our dev environment every Friday and that’s an instant 30% discount.  We’ve never had levers like this before.”

To read the full customer case study and see how they are shipping their life-saving heart valves faster, please visit Edwards Lifesciences on TIBCO.com.

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