Core Informatics at Bio-IT World: The Future of Scientific Informatics

In 2015, Core Informatics won Best of Show at Bio-IT World with Core Collaboration. This year we are highlighting the Platform for Science Marketplace. But before we dive into the innovative strategy behind the PFS Marketplace, let’s take a little look at how people used to buy informatics systems.

Traditional Informatics Systems

Traditionally, lab informatics software and systems have been deployed as on-premises, end-to-end solutions. Any changes require custom coding and/or IT infrastructure support, which take plenty of time and money. The software systems are hard to modify and as the needs of labs change over time, this results in high maintenance and support costs to modify these complex IT architectures which can be riddled with point-to-point custom integrations and endless lines of custom code.

Scientific innovation is moving more quickly than these archaic and complex IT architectures can be built. In effect, this can cause delays in research and increased service contract costs as more custom coding is needed for new technologies and research models.

A Cloud & App-Based Informatics Solution to Meet the Speed of Innovation

Core Informatics’ President and Co-Founder, Anthony Uzzo, addressed this issue in his 2014 blog post Thoughts from the Floor of Bio-IT World, where he prophetically questioned the future of scientific informatics.

“So, if science is evolving faster than the speed of IT, how are we to keep track of the valuable data being produced today and the data that is going to be produced two years from now? The answer is simple. The future is in cloud-native scientific data management platforms.

 

Cloud-native platforms are 100% web-based and are designed to be used on any internet accessible device, through any browser. The application architecture of these platforms needs to be completely separated from physical resources– a product should live completely and independently in the cloud… Cloud-native products contain full support for all scientific workflows and provide a single environment for all of your data.”

 

In the post, he described Core’s Platform for Science and its cloud-native design. He also hinted that the Marketplace would be coming…

Cloud-Based Applications for Scientific Workflows

The Platform for Science Marketplace provides apps supporting scientific workflows and processes. All apps run on Core’s Platform for Science – our 100% web-based platform. The apps are designed to work seamlessly with all of Core’s products (LIMSELNSDMS & Collaboration). The modularity of our platform architecture enables our products to fit together quickly and easily.

As a consumer, you can pick and choose the products and applications you want to create your own workflows. The apps are simply installed on your instance of the Platform for Science, and with that, your laboratory information management system and your laboratory workflow apps can be up and running quickly. When the plans for your lab change, you can remove apps and plug new ones into their places, changing your workflows to keep up with your scientific innovation needs.

Benefits of Cloud-Based Apps

According to David Linthicum, in his article, Moving to the Cloud, First Choose the Right Apps, when proper cloud-native architecture is utilized, moving apps to the cloud should work well.

“Good candidates for the cloud are applications that were built in the last 15 years and use a language supported by your target cloud. If you find an analogous platform for these in the cloud, your migration should be easy.”

At Core Informatics, we suggest avoiding the migration problem all together. Our informatics platform, apps and products are all cloud-native.

Cloud Computing with Core

If your head is in the clouds, you’re on the right track. The Industry shift toward cloud computing is well underway. To find out more about joining the cloud, request a copy of our Platform for Science white paper and join us at Booth #437 at Bio-IT World. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our cloud-native