A unified vision of laboratory IT is coming into focus.

The above illustration suggests a plausible scheme for IT integration within and between the lab, the plant, and the corporate headquarters of a large chemical or pharmaceutical company. Links not illustrated may be recognized by some vendors and users, and some links in the graphic may be debated. XX Solid XXX lines indicate common links, XX squiggly XX lines indicate emerging links where the technology is not fully developed or widely implemented, but expected to rank as common in the near future.

LIMS: Laboratory information management system
ELN: Electronic laboratory notebook

*The function of Scientific Informatics Platform can be fulfilled by LIMS or ELN

Source: C&EN