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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Big Data in Production (IT Director Magazine February 2015 - German version)
English translation of article here

'Ben Connors, Head of Worldwide Alliances at Tibco Analytics, ... describes how a manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals monitored more than 200 production variables in the process flows to ensure product quality and purity. "The very complex process has previously caused fluctuations in production volume of 50 to 100 percent in seemingly identical batches. Of course, this fact has led to some challenges in the areas of quality, capacity and utilization, and even in complying with legal regulations," said Connors.'

Use of advanced Big Data analyzes from different sources in the production process tried to find possible trends, dependencies and causalities of this volatility, the Company. "The range of possible influencing factors was doing great, but the company was able to identify the nine variables that have the greatest impact on the volume of production," says Connors. By the corresponding adaptation of the method, the pharmaceutical company could then increase the production volume by 50 percent and save more than five million US dollars per year.