episode 568

How COVID Accelerated the Digital Transformation at Viatris

Ramkumar is the Global CIO of Viatris, a global generic and specialty pharmaceuticals organization with revenues exceeding $11 billion annually. Ramkumar joined Viatris as a result of that company’s creation through the merger of Mylan, for which he was the CIO, and the Upjohn unit of Pfizer. June 17, 2021

568: In this interview, Ramkumar Rayapureddy, Global CIO of Viatris, discusses how the IT team came together over one weekend and transitioned the entire company to virtual work with no business disruption, how COVID accelerated the pace of change for the entire organization, and steps Viatris has taken to keep its employees engaged throughout the pandemic. Ramkumar highlights some of the technologies the company adopted that it likely would not have had it not been for the pandemic as well as the improvements Viatris has made to its preventive maintenance program as it adopts new technologies. Lastly, we discuss how IT is becoming a bigger part of the initial strategic discussion within the company, why Ramkumar likes to hire people from the business into IT, and a variety of other topics.


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This episode is sponsored by Apptio and Tanium.


The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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