Make your new Smart Lab really deliver: Variety or routine

You might not expect it, but there is routine as well as variety to be found in research labs.  Research is all about novelty, and looking for the next new thing, but there is also standard practice: the routine analysis that tests the stability of[…]

Is finance learning fast enough from other sectors?

One place you could judge the answer to this might be the MATLAB EXPO, a gathering to discuss the use of MATLAB software across a wide range of industries. At a recent EXPO, I listened to the head of strategic analytics for a leading global bank[…]

Make your new Smart Lab really deliver: Global versus Local

In this blog, I’m looking at another theme from Tessella’s recent white paper Five Factors of Smart Laboratory Success  –  the need to balance global and local needs and priorities when planning changes to make your labs smarter.

An adaptive trial should be like a driverless car – boring and predictable

On the BBC world service in 2013 there was an account by two technology journalists of going for a ride in the Google “Driverless Car”. They recounted their emotional journey as the Google engineer in the middle of a Californian freeway, in the[…]

Knowledge in a world of uncertainty

Our world is full of uncertain information on which we must base decisions: what is the condition of equipment I cannot inspect directly, and should I replace it? What are the intentions of a neighbouring country, given their declarations and the[…]

Make your new Smart Lab really deliver: Successful User Adoption

There’s no question that everyone’s under pressure to cut the costs of running research laboratories. We are seeing that everywhere. Throughput has to be maintained or even improved at the same time, of course. To square this circle, many[…]

How should we test potential treatments for Ebola?

A pressing problem and a very modern dilemma, how should we test potential treatments for Ebola? We know that a double-blind randomised clinical trial (RCT) is the gold standard for generating evidence for, or against, a new drug. In an RCT patients[…]

Bring out the translator - we need to talk to a scientist

Despite the best efforts of many generations, you get the feeling there are some global problems so entrenched as to be beyond all hope. And no, I’m not talking about world peace, hunger or equal rights. The really big challenge is how to make a[…]

Subtleties under the surface of analytics

Reading the brochures, you would be forgiven for thinking that “data analytics for all” is a solved problem. New integration platforms are delivering ever richer data sets to our desks. Off the shelf visualisation and stats packages, we are told,[…]

Braving the analytics minefield: have you packed your spurious correlation detector?

As a visit to the entertaining Spurious Correlations website will show, hidden under the surface of the most benign looking data, danger lurks. Who, for instance, knew that US consumption of margarine drives the divorce rate in Maine? Or that[…]

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