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This article was published on April 2, 2012

Also warming up to Apple’s hardware and software: the life sciences industry

Also warming up to Apple’s hardware and software: the life sciences industry Image by: Sandra Cunningham
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According to the latest report by a subsidiary of research firm IDC, the life sciences industry is increasingly warming up to the idea of working with Apple hardware and software, following a trend that has been crystal clear in the consumer market and other professional industries.

To be clear: Wikipedia defines life sciences as “the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings”. This includes biology, ecology, genetics, anatomy, neuroscience and biotechnology.

IDC Health Insights polled 100 ‘leading’ life science companies on which hardware, software and IT services vendors they plan to spend money with this year.

According to the survey results, which were published this morning, the most notable improvement in the hardware category came from Apple, moving into second place for the first time, with more than 30 percent of respondents planning to purchase their hardware from the Cupertino computer juggernaut.

The jump represents a 220 percent increase in Apple’s survey score since 2009 and has likely to do with the introduction (and subsequent improvement) of the iPad.

Dell maintains the lead with nearly 45 percent of life science companies expecting to purchase hardware from them over the next 12 months. In fact, Dell has held the top spot in the IDC Health Insights survey for the last 5 years.

According to IDC, Apple has also made huge strides in the software category, catapulting into second place behind Oracle, up from fifth place last year. In addition to Apple, SAP and SAS saw their survey scores rise nearly 20 percent year over year.