Earlier this year, I had a conversation with Sophia Ktori, a reporter for Scientific Computing World, to talk about security issues in the age of R&D outsourcing. In the ensuing article, Sophia stated, “The R&D sector is increasingly turning to collaborative, partnered and outsourced projects to boost innovation, reduce costs and help expedite development.” While this is not an industry secret, this trend has led to a number of security concerns in our industry, and after looking back, I feel our discussion still rings true almost 10 months later.
As the Analytica Trade Fair in Munich came to a close in April, I realized that I had witnessed a tradeshow unlike many others in our industry today. It is probably the largest meeting I’ve participated in with 35,000 visitors and 1,244 exhibitors from 40 countries. The exhibition space spanned five halls in which any and every type of organization linked with laboratory research was represented. Analytica seems to have withstood shrinking travel budgets, mergers and acquisitions, and challenges that have hit the tradeshow circuit In fact, this year’s venue was so large I wish I had taken my trainers (sneakers) to traverse the exhibition space.
The 'Amazon Effect' describes how online shopping giant, Amazon, sorts data and matches similar products to one another—providing customers with a customized list of products they may be interested in. In laboratory informatics, scientists organize and analyze data in a very similar way. By using software like ACD/Spectrus Platform, scientists—from different laboratories using a variety of instruments—can combine and process their large data sets in a single interface that delivers quality results.
En route to SLAS 2016 in San Diego to talk about ‘Tackling Obstacles to Analytical Knowledge Externalization’ I was struck by the congruity of the breathtaking road I was taking with the topic planned for the Informatics–Data Wrangling session. National Geographic noted the road as “An exhilarating driving experience…In places, the road has narrow shoulders and sharp drop-offs, so stay alert”. The Informatics landscapes of modern science-based organizations also offer remarkable challenges to navigate.
Over the course of the last four months, we have been working with Scientific Computing to publish a series of articles on a subject that we feel very passionately about (and work very close with) at ACD/Labs – the externalization of scientific research and development (read the summary here). Essentially, we used this opportunity to address some key trends specific to this topic from various perspectives in the industry. Now that the series is complete, I wanted to give you an overview of the four articles to paint a broader picture of what we, and some of our customers and partners, are seeing today.
For those of you that know me, you may be wondering why I re-joined ACD/Labs; for those that don’t know me yet, let me give you some insight into my return. When I think back on many happy firsts in my life, and I can’t not think about my career experience at the same time. And when I began to contemplate a return to ACD/Labs, the first thing that came to my mind was, of all things, Star Wars and JJ Abrams. Let me explain...