Making Workflows Work: Enterprise deployment of KNIME at Lilly
Workflow tools claim an easy approach to automate tasks and provide interoperability between software packages. The metaprogramming concept of graphical workflows should create a lower barrier to Scientists writing and deploying complex scientific and business protocols. We will discuss some of the barriers users faced applying KNIME to their work in Lilly Research and the work we carried out in ResearchIT with support from KNIME.com to overcomes their issues and create an Enterprise KNIME deployment. This presentation will highlight the power and pitfalls of providing chemoinformatics tools via SOA as well as the challenge of dealing with heterogeneous chemical representations. Specifically we’ll reference the dependency of our KNIME infrastructure on some core ChemAxon components.