Moving away from ISIS software with ChemAxon's help
ISIS software has been used for years within the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) to draw structures, manage personal substance and reaction collections, and access shared databases. Last year NIBR IT decided to start a project to move to a more modern platform. New tools were evaluated and chosen to replace ISIS/Draw, ISIS/Suite and ISIS/Host. Scientists participated actively in shaping the new solutions.
We have decided to use a combination of tools, including the JChem Cartridge for chemistry databases and Instant JChem as a tool for managing local databases and as interface to shared databases. Here we describe the decision and migration processes and discuss some of the work we have done with Instant JChem, including using it to query our data warehouse and chemical catalogs.