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and techniques to manage change effectively when introducing new-generation lab informatics systems, and the services that are then required aſter go-live to manage smooth, ‘business as usual’ operations. In recent years, lab informatics has


experienced some growing pains as the definition of, and overlap between LIMS, SDMS, ELN/LES products has been hotly debated. To some extent this debate continues, but more and more companies are finding they are able to agree on a definition that works for their organisation, although this is oſten shaped by their legacy application landscape. Most, if not all, would agree that the most important consideration is that LIMS, SDMS, ELN/LES seamlessly integrate, and facilitate smooth process flows for the organisation. Te ‘Cloud’, mobile solutions, new development tools and subscription- based licence pricing are all going to play a part in changing the way we deliver LIMS, SDMS and ELN/LES to end-users. However, the fundamentals that have made lab informatics solutions successful in the past, will still apply going forward. Tis includes providing functionally rich,


responsive product soſtware; configurable workflows; convenient user-interfaces; seamless instrument integration and flexible reporting tools, etc. New technology alone does not guarantee success. Tere are few, if any short cuts when delivering effective, robust solutions for the end-user.


THE


DEFINITION OF, AND OVERLAP BETWEEN LIMS, SDMS, AND


ELN/LES HAS BEEN HOTLY DEBATED NICK TOWNSEND


Te lab informatics companies that


succeed over the long-term will be those that take a long-term view and do not attempt to short-cut the fundamentals. ‘PowerPoint visions’ must be backed up with products of real substance. Successful companies will be those that make prudent business and product development decisions


Collaboration all the way along the value chain


Max Carnecchia believes that the convergence of scientific and enterprise software will continue and that science-based organisations are becoming more social and global in the way they collaborate


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cientific Computing World’s 20th anniversary coincides with a significant development in my own organisation’s journey. Accelrys


has joined Dassault Systèmes. As Biovia, we are creating a collaborative environment for science- and process-driven industries where chemistry, materials and biology meet. Innovation, productivity, and


competitiveness have become the highest 8 SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING WORLD


priorities for business leaders in the biopharma, chemicals, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, energy, electronics, automotive and aerospace industries. At the same time, powerful global trends are mandating fundamental changes in the way we do business. Better healthcare is lengthening life. Growing global populations are becoming more mobile and urbanised. Improvements in education and communication are shrinking


the world. Scientific and engineering advancements are expanding the realm of possibilities. Changes like these impact market dynamics. For example, in our increasingly global economy, emerging markets are no longer just consumers of products with distinct local needs and preferences. Tey are also places where we chose to manufacture products, to collaborate and innovate… places where we must address sustainability issues, manage raw materials, and meet product quality and regulatory needs. Big- picture trends like this, and their business consequences, are affecting all science- based industries. So, too, are complex and interconnected value chains that stretch the resources of process manufacturers, and the rise of mobile, cloud-based and social media tools and improved ‘Big Data’ analytics.


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