Interview with Hakan Kocabeyoglu, Actelion Pharmaceuticals

Hi, my name is Hakan Kocabeyoglu, I’m working for Actelion Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland, the headquarters is in Allschwil. I’m working in a group called Planning Performance and Reporting, which is within Global Businesses
and Science Affairs, most of the time referred to as Life Cycle Management as well. Actelion Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical
compnay. It’s rather small compared to other pharmaceutical companies like Roche and Novartis,
but what we try to do is to focus on specific therapeutic areas and niche markets, orphan
drugs, try to reach the patients which have unmet medical needs to come up with specialty
products and go into areas which is not covered by big pharma companies. So I was part of the initial selection process.
We started initially with two approaches. So it was the Resource Management part, which
I was not a part of, and there was the Project Management side, which I was a part of. We
did separate evaluations. They decided on Planisware because Planisware is strong on
the Resource Management side as well, and we decided from our side to use Planisware
as well because we evaluated it against different tools, so at the end, we ended up having the
same provider which makes sense as well because you cannot separate those two aspects. Actelion has roughly about 500 projects in
the Planisware system. Not all of those projects are big projects. Some of them are just a
couple of lines, some small activities which are to be tracked. What we do is use Planisware
to plan big activities which are relevant for our company such as filings, such as new
developments, [it’s a] basis for discussions for decisions that we can show the impact
of – the different decisions that we can, based on that, do selections of projects as
well, or change the strategy. Planisware is for us not only a project planning
tool, it’s more a communication tool as well. It’s a method of sharing information. It’s
a method of making people talk to each other because they share one platform. It’s a way
to have open communication by using the same platform. It brings people together and forces them
to work together and share the same information so that basically any kind of issues which
would have been hidden are visible and have to be discussed and they don’t rise just at
the last minute that you end up in a big problem. Working with the Planisware software platform
is an interesting experience as well because it is something different. You are not stuck
with how the system looks out of the box, so you can help design it, you can help adapt
it to your needs, and at the end it’s not different than any other tool as well. The
concepts behind – they are always the same. So you do the projects always in the same
manner, always in the same style, but this one makes it visible. This one makes it easier
to understand for management because you can extract the nice PowerPoint, and just show
something colorful. It’s not just a plain Gantt chart. So it’s addressing the management
need as well, whereas other tools may be more focused on the end user – you have to do the
details… In Planisware, you do the same, but what you can get out of it is something
nice, clean and easy, which you can just embed in a presentation and I think this is one
of the biggest advantages. (Michel) Thank you very much Hakan.

Leave a Reply

(*) Required, Your email will not be published