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My "Chairman's opening remarks" from the SMI ELN Conference in London 27th Jan 2010, drawing people's attention to interesting developments in the consumer space which could bring us towards a true......

My "Chairman's opening remarks" from the SMI ELN Conference in London 27th Jan 2010, drawing people's attention to interesting developments in the consumer space which could bring us towards a true replacement for the paper notebook

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  • So many of the calls in we have are people looking for devices to use in the lab
  • So many of the calls in we have are people looking for devices to use in the lab
  • So many of the calls in we have are people looking for devices to use in the lab
  • Run their own machines
  • In our company it&#x2019;s all out there - SaaS is great <br /> We give people control of their machines, but they are responsible
  • Note - this stuff is good enough for the military
  • Talks today flesh all this out

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  • 1. Chairman’s Opening Remarks SMI ELN Conference London 26th Jan 2010 http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 1
  • 2. Looking Out the Window • To deliver solutions to Scientists, we must focus on the tools that we have and the problems our customers express • However we aren’t in an isolated bubble • We live in a wider technology ecosystem • We are influenced by, and can benefit from, things that happen elsewhere http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 2
  • 3. The ELN Dream http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 3
  • 4. The ELN Dream • Let’s take a step back and pretend we’d never attended an industry conference at all http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 3
  • 5. The ELN Dream • Let’s take a step back and pretend we’d never attended an industry conference at all • “Electronic Laboratory Notebook” • Has come to mean a software package you run on a traditional PC/Mac • Irrespective of your exact definition of ELN! http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 3
  • 6. The ELN Dream • Let’s take a step back and pretend we’d never attended an industry conference at all • “Electronic Laboratory Notebook” • Has come to mean a software package you run on a traditional PC/Mac • Irrespective of your exact definition of ELN! • (Although you’d be surprised how many people call us looking for hardware) http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 3
  • 7. But what users really want • Is an Electronic version of the Paper Notebook • A device they can use just like a paper notebook (at the benchtop, especially) • With all the advantages of the current ELN packages • Connected to their electronic world • They want a solution not software http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 4
  • 8. Just imagine the perfect ELN Device http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 5
  • 9. Just imagine the perfect ELN Device • Portable device, type or gesture http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 5
  • 10. Just imagine the perfect ELN Device • Portable device, type or gesture • Always connected to the infrastructure http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 5
  • 11. Just imagine the perfect ELN Device • Portable device, type or gesture • Always connected to the infrastructure • Relatively dirt cheap http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 5
  • 12. Just imagine the perfect ELN Device • Portable device, type or gesture • Always connected to the infrastructure • Relatively dirt cheap • Excellent battery life http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 5
  • 13. Just imagine the perfect ELN Device • Portable device, type or gesture • Always connected to the infrastructure • Relatively dirt cheap • Excellent battery life • Easy to use http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 5
  • 14. Just imagine the perfect ELN Device • Portable device, type or gesture • Always connected to the infrastructure • Relatively dirt cheap • Excellent battery life • Easy to use • Capable of multiple roles http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 5
  • 15. Just imagine the perfect ELN Device • Portable device, type or gesture • Always connected to the infrastructure • Relatively dirt cheap • Excellent battery life • Easy to use • Capable of multiple roles • Easily expandable http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 5
  • 16. This looks a lot like a iPhone/iPad/Whatever?? http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 6
  • 17. Follow the Consumer • The consumer space is much bigger the business space • More money • More people • More innovation • Faster Cycletimes • Even the military are finding that they can’t possibly innovate as fast http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 7
  • 18. “Not suitable” for the Enterprise • Historically consumer devices have been deemed unsuitable for business use • This is no longer true • Suppliers are taking note of the requirements of the Enterprise • The Enterprise is getting more pragmatic as costs drop and users demand more • The devices are just so compelling http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 8
  • 19. Suitable for science? • (relatively) cheap • Personal to the users • Always have it on them • They use it • They look after it • Can be used in a plastic bag (so some level of environmental protection) • Works with anything web-based • Increasing number of Science-based native apps http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 9
  • 20. The iPhone etc. http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 10
  • 21. The iPhone etc. • Apple arguably changed our expectations when they released the iPhone • Usability • Relationship to the cellphone industry • Application ecosystem (the App Store) http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 10
  • 22. The iPhone etc. • Apple arguably changed our expectations when they released the iPhone • Usability • Relationship to the cellphone industry • Application ecosystem (the App Store) • Maybe today’s announcement from Apple will be relevant • Which might be the much-rumoured Tablet device • That could well be another game-changer http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 10
  • 23. The iPhone etc. • Apple arguably changed our expectations when they released the iPhone • Usability • Relationship to the cellphone industry • Application ecosystem (the App Store) • Maybe today’s announcement from Apple will be relevant • Which might be the much-rumoured Tablet device • That could well be another game-changer • Even if it isn’t it’ll come, and sooner than you might expect • Google are doing lots of interesting things too http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 10
  • 24. Enterprise Challenges • Better connectivity to external networks than internal ones • What does this mean for users’ expectations of network access? • How do you safely allow a device on a public network to access internal R&D systems? • How do you manage personal/company overlap? http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 11
  • 25. What does it mean? • I suspect the ELN of 2015 will have more in common with the iPhone than it does today’s software packages • The rise of SaaS and true web-based applications will only enable this • There are a number of very exciting totally web- based solutions which are just waiting for the right hardware • It’s going to cause some architecture, governance and records headaches http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 12
  • 26. What to do? http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 13
  • 27. What to do? • These devices are coming http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 13
  • 28. What to do? • These devices are coming • They will deliver tremendous benefits http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 13
  • 29. What to do? • These devices are coming • They will deliver tremendous benefits • They are going to cause some headaches http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 13
  • 30. What to do? • These devices are coming • They will deliver tremendous benefits • They are going to cause some headaches • Start preparing now http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 13
  • 31. What to do? • These devices are coming • They will deliver tremendous benefits • They are going to cause some headaches • Start preparing now • If you are responsible for ELN strategy and don’t have a gadget budget, tell your boss I said you had to have one http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 13
  • 32. Today’s Talks • Examples of large-scale deployments of traditional ELN systems in industry • Web 2.0 technologies applied to the lab • The constraints which apply in industry • Legal • Project Management, Cost, Architecture etc. • Case study of a “Build” Chemistry ELN http://www.amphora-research.com/ My blog: http://elnblog.com 14