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Today’s rapidly evolving technology and ever-increasing sense of global commerce has stimulated a seemingly exponential rate of integration of traditional desktop software with mobile solutions.
While education, health, fitness, finance and business markets have seen a faster adoption of mobile technology, scientific industries are quickly gaining momentum in movement to mobile as scientists seek the advantages of mobile collaboration and productivity. With it estimated by Gartner Inc. that the year 2013 will see smart phones and tablets numbering 1 billion in sales, up 50% from 2012, it’s no secret that the future of business technology lies in mobile apps and solutions.
Scientists will be able to incorporate mobile apps into existing desktop and enterprise workflows to achieve real-time, on-the-go access to ideas and data. By leveraging novel sharing tools such as Flick-To-Share™ technology, which debuted in ChemDraw® for iPad® and Chem3D® for iPad, users will be able to send high-quality graphics and data back and forth between colleagues for instant collaboration – all with the swipe of a finger.
Looking to the future, the capability of mobile apps for scientists will continue to expand to allow for remote access and control of laboratory instruments and systems. The concept of the 24/7 laboratory will evolve as scientists will no longer need to be physically present to monitor on-going experiments – instead mobile access to experiment controls will give researchers the freedom and flexibility to manage lab work from down the hall, down the street, or halfway around the world.
Importantly, key decision makers in scientific corporations will see improved access to and accuracy of real-time actionable information. As United States companies adjust to this year’s change from first-to-invent to first-to-file patent laws, the ability to share information and make decisions quickly will continue to become more and more important.
Not only does mobile technology allows scientific leaders to stay clued in while on the go, it guarantees that information entered into a workflow record is highly accurate. Smart phones and tablets empowered with scientific apps will continue to help scientists move completely away from traditional pen and paper note taking and sketching, which opens the door for a host of transcription errors down the line. Saving time and accuracy, scientists will be able to instantly types notes, snap pictures and draw scientifically-intelligent structures and images and instantly send that data to record keeping through communication with enterprise networks.
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