Case study

Enabled a Fortune 200 company to launch 2000+ websites via a decoupled DXP

Enabled a Fortune 200 company to launch 2000+ websites via a decoupled DXP

Industry

Pharmaceutical

Location

Leverkusen, Germany

Focus

Building a scalable, multilingual platform with Acquia to unify 2000+ websites.

Services

Design System

Acquia Site Factory

Third-Party Integration

Multilingual

Site Studio

Multisite Platform

We partnered with a major pharmaceutical and life sciences company to launch over 2000 multilingual websites using Acquia's services.

Our team utilized Drupal 8 architecture and decoupled components to merge several brand websites across multiple markets.

The goal was to provide an adaptable, self-sustaining system that simplifies management through low-code solutions.

Live website
Sculpted plastic representation for medical purpose
High-magnification image from a microscope
Illustration depicting the internal organs of the human body
Medical professional interpreting an X-ray for diagnostic purposes
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The challenges

Bringing considerable websites together from different markets and languages was tough, especially when we had to follow specific country rules for each brand.

The approach

We began by conducting a thorough analysis of the existing websites, understanding the diverse brand identities, and assessing the complexity of the consolidation task. Working closely with Acquia, we crafted a strategic roadmap that outlined the implementation of Acquia Cloud Site Factory and Acquia Site Studio.

The solution

Drupal Support & Maintenance for a Fortune 500 Biopharmaceutical Company
enterprise scalable, self-service platform for Company

Drupal 8 multisite platform

We set up a Drupal 8 multisite platform to manage 2000 websites efficiently. This solution enhances scalability and flexibility. The client could effortlessly oversee diverse websites with unique identities, maintaining a centralized online presence.

Our low-code solution introduces a self-service IT environment, ensuring streamlined cross-divisional business goals in the client's digital ecosystem.

Design system

Our team crafted a global design system with an easy drag-and-drop interface for quick updates. This system was configurable with an unbranded core.

It handled diverse brand identities, offering standardized features for consistency across markets. Being a single platform for all brands, it boosted workflow efficiency and ensured brand consistency. We integrated accessibility and UX best practices into every component.

Decoupled components

We implemented decoupled components using Acquia Site Studio, enabling each component to operate independently. A modular and autonomous system was set up, ensuring changes or updates to one element didn't require alterations in others.

This ensured a flexible and easily manageable system, enhancing overall functionality to adapt to the client's evolving requirements.

Architecture

For speed and efficiency, a central hub was formed to streamline operations with a decentralized operating architecture. The self-service system enabled different groups to manage their online presence on their own. The client's team could customize it for different regions, making it adaptable as per their needs.

Multi-site rollouts using component based architecture diagram

Integration & access management

To make the platform faster and more secure, we integrated Acquia Varnish for caching and AKAMAI CDN for speed. Seamless Salesforce CRM integration organized data, while third-party authentication strengthened user access. Our access management system tailored preferences for a secure, personalized experience.

Plus, we added features like articles, events, and quizzes for an engaging digital experience.

The outcome

We enabled the client to achieve greater flexibility, allowing for the creation of numerous sites with adjustable features in line with design system guidelines. Workflow management and updates on brand sites were improved, resulting in a significant boost in efficiency.

The platform successfully maintained diverse brand identities while adhering to a set of shared rules for consistency. The design system equipped brand agencies with the necessary tools to design confidently and meet industry standards.

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