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Corporate-Friendly Open Source Licenses – Beware, Not All Software Is Truly Free, Some Can Come with a Barb

Corporate-Friendly Open Source Licenses – Beware, Not All Software Is Truly Free, Some Can Come with a Barb

I have been doing some research on the different types of Open Source licenses.  The following is a good posting that quickly summarizes the potential dangers of Open Source to corporations.  You just have to know the rules, but as with all software, you need to live by the license agreement.  The funny thing is that GPL touts “freedom” but it is a rather restricted “freedom”.  It has all the ring of truth of the double speak/thought from the book 1984 by George Orwell.  Now, I am all for Open Source in the corporate environment, but you have to be […]

Experiences Using Cloud Computing for A Scientific Workflow Application

Experiences Using Cloud Computing for A Scientific Workflow Application

Clouds are rapidly becoming an important platform for scientific applications. In this paper we describe our experiences running a scientific workflow application in the cloud. The application was developed to process astronomy data released by the Kepler project, a NASA mission to search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. This workflow was deployed across multiple clouds using the Pegasus Workflow Management System. The clouds used include several sites within the FutureGrid, NERSC’s Magellan cloud, and Amazon EC2. We describe how the application was  deployed, evaluate its performance executing in different clouds (based on Nimbus, Eucalyptus, and EC2), and discuss the […]

What Is the Best Acronym to Describe a Comprehensive Laboratory Informatics System?

What Is the Best Acronym to Describe a Comprehensive Laboratory Informatics System?

Do we need a new term to describe systems that manage laboratory information?

How Much Is that Doggie (LIMS) in the Window?

How Much Is that Doggie (LIMS) in the Window?

There are a series of questions that you need to ask a LIMS vendor early on in the search stage.  Licensing and pricing is one of the easiest ways to immediately screen any LIMS.

IDC Report: “SaaS Momentum Skyrocketing.”  SaaS Based LIMS Subscriptions Supports this Finding

IDC Report: “SaaS Momentum Skyrocketing.” SaaS Based LIMS Subscriptions Supports this Finding

Revenues for the software as a service (SaaS) market on the whole are projected to grow from $13.1 billion in 2009 to more than $40 billion in 2014.

SaaS / Cloud Computing for Laboratories Has Gone Mainstream

SaaS / Cloud Computing for Laboratories Has Gone Mainstream

Cloud computing in business and government has taken off like a rocket.  More and more companies, government agencies, healthcare institutions, and financial institutions are turning to cloud computing, not only for their “line-of-business” applications, but for their entire IT infrastructure.  Now, the laboratory and scientific industries are embracing cloud computing at an even faster pace.  You will start to see more and more articles and case studies on the use of cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) for the laboratory.

HITECH Security Audits & Standards and the Impacts to Laboratories with Hosted LIMS

HITECH Security Audits & Standards and the Impacts to Laboratories with Hosted LIMS

Laboratories should be aware of these security standards when considering SaaS based LIMS or other Laboratory Informatics solutions on an either an externally hosted basis or internally hosted basis. The HITECH security guidelines could apply whether you have your systems internal or hosted external to your company.

Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts (Timeo Danaos et Dona Ferentis)

Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts (Timeo Danaos et Dona Ferentis)

Be wary of any vendor who would slur or disparage another vendor. It is a clear case of Greeks bearing gifts. These are clearly gifts with a barb and they will never serve you in any way. Your best solution to fight this sort of problem is to keep things competitive but private.

SAP-QM and xMII as “LIMS” Option: Can SAP-QM Be Used in Place of a LIMS in Manufacturing?

SAP-QM and xMII as “LIMS” Option: Can SAP-QM Be Used in Place of a LIMS in Manufacturing?

Topic: I’m curious to know if anyone has successfully implemented SAP-QM and/or xMII (formerly "LightHammer") as their enterprise LIMS. Or, if anyone has replaced an existing LIMS with SAP-QM/xMII. This would be especially interesting if someone has done either or both of these in an FDA-regulated environment.

Which LIMS Implementation Process is Right for You?

Which LIMS Implementation Process is Right for You?

Even if you succeed in choosing the right LIMS for your lab, the implementation process can make the difference between success and failure. There are basically 3 types of implementation processes (packaged, collaborative, turn-key). Let’s rank them from the least expensive to the most expensive processes.

The Development of a Thriving Digital Business Ecosystem (DBE) for Laboratory, Scientific & Health Industry Stakeholders

The Development of a Thriving Digital Business Ecosystem (DBE) for Laboratory, Scientific & Health Industry Stakeholders

As we all know, the Internet has had an affect on every person, institution, industry and government in the world today.  The LIMS industry has changed rapidly over the years because of the Internet in that nearly every LIMS system that is purchased today was investigated and researched to one extent or another through the Internet and in many cases has been purchased by way of the Internet.  When it comes to learning about LIMS, trying them out, purchasing a LIMS, implementation and finally support, you are and will be forever using the Internet at every step in that process.  Basically, the Internet is a key Enabling Technology that is not only driving the Laboratory, Scientific and Health Informatics Ecosystem but in fact the entire world of Business Ecosystems.

Software as a Service (SaaS): 10 Trends for 2010

Software as a Service (SaaS): 10 Trends for 2010

Here is a summary of the 10 trends for 2010: 1. SaaS will continue to grow in acceptance and prevalence in the marketplace but – the term itself will fade in favor of “Cloud…

Laboratory Informatics Is Thriving! Innovations Are the Key Enabler

Laboratory Informatics Is Thriving! Innovations Are the Key Enabler

Despite the economy or because of it, the Laboratory, Scientific and Health Informatics industry continues to thrive. I think one of the things that defines the Informatics industry is innovation. When the economy is tight, organizations are looking for ways (read: Innovations) to become more efficient and competitive and the scientific disciplines are no exception.

The Laboratory, Scientific & Health Informatics Blogosphere: An Aggregated View

The Laboratory, Scientific & Health Informatics Blogosphere: An Aggregated View

The Internet is the great democracy when it comes to information. There is a lot of junk on the internet but likewise there is a lot of good stuff. The idea is to cut through the c**p and get to the good stuff.

How Much Is that Little LIMS in the Window?

How Much Is that Little LIMS in the Window?

Do you have a difficult time getting a price list on a LIMS or getting a straight answer about the price of LIMS software?  This Dilbert cartoon says it all… When you go shopping for a LIMS regardless of size, ask for the vendors retail price list.  That should be the starting point for quickly determining if the price of the LIMS is even close to your budget.  Beware, the salesman is going to ask you what your budget is but don’t go there.  How do you know your budget until you can get price lists from multiple vendors.  Asking […]

Social Media for Scientists – Presented by Scientists for Scientists

Social Media for Scientists – Presented by Scientists for Scientists

Social media is used by scientists to manage their work and to collaborate with others on a global basis.  Check out the video below to learn more

Creative Commons/Science Commons – Key to Sharing Scientific Knowledge

Creative Commons/Science Commons – Key to Sharing Scientific Knowledge

Creativity always builds on the past. If everyone decides to protect their work from being used by other people, we will end up going backwards rather than forwards. Creative Commons licenses allow you to grant people proper legal permission to use your works in their works.

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean that You Should

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean that You Should

While technology gives you all sorts of tools to make up for lack of a leadership backbone, let me advise that you not rely on those tools but to develop better leadership skills. Only put in the level of controls that are needed to meet regulatory requirements and business objectives, but exercise restraint in applying automated policies that will have sweeping negative impacts on users.

A Possible Answer to Improving Software Quality

A Possible Answer to Improving Software Quality

I think some of you will be able to relate to this. If you have one of these in your home you will understand how quality would improve significantly if they were in charge of software quality.

LIMS are like fish

LIMS are like fish

LIMS are like fish. The fresher the fish the better it is. The longer it sits the more it stinks.

Be a Savvy LIMS Buyer: Try It before You Buy It

Be a Savvy LIMS Buyer: Try It before You Buy It

It seems like the modern software industry has passed most LIMS companies by. The modern software company has become mature and competitive while LIMS software companies seem to be stagnant, lacking innovation and unwilling to provide even the most basic product information on their web sites; instead choosing to rely upon salesman promises over real concrete demonstration of product features and functions.

Is There Such a Thing As an “Independent LIMS Consultant”?  Does It Matter?

Is There Such a Thing As an “Independent LIMS Consultant”? Does It Matter?

I read a blog post recently from a LIMS consultant attempting to define what an independent LIMS consultant is. They defined “Independent” as “not directly involved with” and that it does not mean “small.” I agree with that definition. However, I contend that there is no such thing as an “Independent LIMS Consultant” or at least it is so rare that one can argue reasonably that it does not exist.

Not a Tailor Anymore…

Not a Tailor Anymore…

In this global world of cookie cutter mass produced products, the modern LIMS can stand out from those that are hard coded to a particular use.

The Acronym Junkie

The Acronym Junkie

Do you know any people like this?  I sure do.  The industry seems to be made up of sales people who proclaim technobabble as if they were an authority and when it comes down to it they don’t know how to define it let alone incorporate it into a product in any meaningful or applicable way.   It is a hold over from the dot-bomb days and good riddance. LIMS is a very technical area both on the IT front and the laboratory front.  Customers should not have to suffer technobabble.  By the way, beware of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) […]

LIMS for the Bass Ackwards Lab…

LIMS for the Bass Ackwards Lab…

In starting a new lab, my friend has decided to purchase the LIMS first and then equip the lab with instruments and staff later. He has negotiated good contracts with other labs that will run his samples. He will receive samples, log them into the LIMS and run them down the street to a subcontract lab. The logged in sample data will be transmitted automatically to the LIMS of the subcontractor and the subcontractor will transmit back the instrument data to the contract lab.