December 4th, 2019

DMI Digital Leader — Dave Feldman, Takeda Digital Products Lead

Partnering to Deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future

Dave Feldman and Chris Kent

Takeda Digital Products Lead Dave Feldman, left, with DMI’s Chris Kent.

What is the Takeda mission?
Takeda is an innovative, values-based global pharmaceutical leader that services the needs of patients and physicians worldwide. We’re proud to be a world-class R&D organization dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients. Our R&D efforts are focused in the following four areas: Oncology, Gastroenterology (GI), Rare Diseases and Neuroscience. We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. Takeda has approximately 50,000 global employees.

Tell us how Takeda first began to partner with DMI on digital transformation.
Our relationship with DMI initially began in Zurich more than two years ago when DMI supported Takeda in developing a Digital Center of Excellence to accelerate change across the enterprise. DMI was Takeda’s strategic partner responsible for all of the frameworks, governance, marketing, everything required to put our Digital Service Line in place. Since then, DMI has served as a trusted delivery partner in certain technology areas across the globe, including projects in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Tell us about your role at Takeda.
For the past several years I’ve been responsible for all of Takeda’s collaboration tools across Microsoft Office 365. I help determine how Takeda can leverage its investment in Office 365 to drive solutions more quickly, whether they are for a finance group, clinical trial partners, etc., and ultimately, how we can derive business value for the organization. My new role as Digital Products Lead entails scaling services from the digital incubator phase to full enterprise solutions ensuring a maximum level of quality.

What is the Microsoft MVP (Most Valued Professional) Award and how does being a Microsoft MVP help you in your role at Takeda?
The Microsoft MVP Award grew out of the software development community and is given to technology experts passionate about sharing their technical expertise with the community, whether their knowledge is directly or indirectly related to Microsoft. I believe as a Microsoft MVP, one of the unique areas of value I bring to Takeda is knowing the right talent to hire. Being a member of the Microsoft MVP community connects you with an ecosystem of unparalleled technology peers. In fact that is how I met DMI’s Chris Kent, whom I frequently collaborate with in my role at Takeda. Chris is a fellow Microsoft MVP, as is DMI’s Corey Roth.

How is partnering with DMI a Value-Add for Takeda?
DMI brings a dedicated team whose technical expertise is second-to-none. What’s more, DMI team members work seamlessly, spanning business units and geography. We at Takeda can honestly say that from a customer perspective, we find the concept of “One DMI” to be right on target.

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