Small and agile or large and powerful: size matters

Recent hype surrounding data science, and in particular artificial intelligence (AI), has led to an increasing number of businesses looking to adopt the technology to improve processes and gain greater cost efficiency. In fact, Accenture Research[…]

How is the cloud making R&D easier?

Industries underpinned by scientific processes – from pharmaceuticals to oil refining – have seen huge improvements in efficiency from the digital revolution. Labour intensive processes that once required endless experimentation can now largely be[…]

Why experience is key to successful data analytics projects

As we continue to move into a more digitally orientated business environment, organisations have an astronomical amount of data at their disposal. Over the next few years businesses will deal with more data than ever before, with IDC predicting that[…]

Can we trust AI to make decisions?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to make our lives easier by automating repetitive tasks, releasing resources to focus on higher-value tasks and removing the subjectivity from human judgement.

R&D Externalisation: Getting the IT right | Part 2

Part 2 of 2: The complex relationships between researchers and their data R&D intensive companies are increasingly interested in externalising their research: working with laboratories outside their company walls through commercial and academic[…]

The relentless rise of the Big Data tribute act

You’d think anyone using social media, reading the technology press, or even watching the News at Ten would be fed up of Big Data by now. Nevertheless, new entrants in the buzzword Top 10 are climbing over each other in a desperate race to launch[…]

R&D applications – is it time to think Cloud First?

If you’ve heard the term ‘Cloud First’ being talked about a lot recently, it’ll be because the UK government has been making a big noise about it for the last couple of years now. ‘Cloud First’ is an official UK government policy that was launched[…]

3 things you need to be aware of when deploying ELNs outside the pharma sector

On face value, deploying an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) system within your R&D environment would seem to be something of a no-brainer. You can make sure all processes and ideas are properly documented and signed. You can also share results with[…]

The tension around R&D applications – DIY or ROI?

In the modern R&D world, who’s responsible for the total cost of ownership and specification of the most effective R&D applications? On one side of the argument, you have R&D departments that have developed their own applications rather than trying[…]

The pitfalls of failing to map your business needs to your R&D app portfolio

In a recent blog, I looked at how important it is, when assessing the usefulness and validity of your R&D application portfolio, to make sure you look at how well it maps to overall strategic business objectives – and don’t just consider the cost,[…]

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