What makes up the LabLynx Informatics Solutions Platform?

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Technology Tailored for You

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Your LabLynx solution to fit your specific laboratory processes, size and budget is tailored from LabLynx, Inc.'s exclusive sciCloud.net® Informatics Platform, designed, built and maintained specifically for laboratories of all kinds, from single-user to global corporate networks, with special attention to small and medium-sized labs who have traditionally been priced out of the LIMS/LIS/LES market. Your tailored solution is packaged according to your industry, specific workflows and needs, size, and budget, using the right combination of apps in our application library to perfectly suit you. As shown left, our informatics platform is comprised of five tiers - with your lab's specific tailored configurations and app suite sitting proudly atop the supporting layers. Uniquely, the foundation of the entire platform is the entire laboratory, scientific, healthcare and informatics Community. The entire platform is collectively known as sciCloud.net®, comprising essentially a community-based digital business ecosystem (CDBE).

You, and others like you, are both the foundation and recipient of all of the technology that makes up the middle portions of the pyramid. The overall community is inextricably integral to the CDBE, contributing from start to finish in the entire development lifecycle of products, and offering services throughout.


Each layer is described in the sections on this page.

Your Solution

Any laboratory data management solution is a function of several things, and they all have to be of high quality and performance, and fit your specific needs. A solution is a function of:

  • Technology - Both the foundational technology and IT environment, and the technology of the applications are huge determiners of the performance, reliability and longevity of any solution.
  • Flexibility/Configurability - The best technologies are easy to work with and allow for a lot of flexibility and scalability - preferably from the user side too. In general, the more flexible, the greater the longevity. Labs grow and change. Your data management solution needs to be able to keep up. And that means plenty of available support as well.
  • Compatibility - A lab is a smoothly orchestrated set of apps and processes all working together, from testing workflow process steps to successful data transfer of data between instruments, systems and reports. Good solutions readily play well with others to support this.
  • Functionality - A solution is pointless unless it has ALL of the capabilities you need it to have. Today's LIMS for instance, like the LabLynx, Inc. webLIMS, is designed to be essentially an ERP system for the laboratory.
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All LabLynx, Inc. solutions are tailored to YOUR specific lab data management needs. Comprising the top of the LabLynx Informatics Platform are solutions for every kind of laboratory, and on top of that, WebLIMS is very user-configurable by design, so that you can "have it your way" - without costly additional development.
You're In Charge

Those drop-down picklists you need for various tasks? YOU pick the choices that are listed - and it only takes your supervisor or administrator seconds to update them. Your sample receiving screen, instrument management screen, inventory screen and more are set up with just the fields you want displayed, and you choose what to make mandatory. Set up your tests the way you need them, with the limits/ranges/specifications you want, including calculations and more. Make new versions any time you want.

And what's more, every user can have their own set of access privileges - and if you have more than one department or location, users can have differing access levels for each. And that applies right down to which buttons display. For "read-only" users, hide the Save, New, Delete buttons, etc. so they can't make changes. And supervisors or administrators have all the administrative capabilities they need to manage the system and its users, any time, from anywhere.

Your Budget
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LabLynx offers three editions, designed to meet YOUR specific business needs and budget. All of them are loaded with sciCloud.net® apps, along with the world-class LabLynx webLIMS, and range from the named-user subscription-based Standard Edition to the concurrent-user subscription-based Premium Edition or the concurrent-user purchased perpetual license Enterprise Edition. No matter what kind of lab you are, how big or small or how you prefer to license or host it, there is a plan that's right for you!
Your Industry

No matter what kind of lab you have, from water/wastewater to nextgen sequencing and everything in between, there is a LabLynx solution for you. And our staff, most of them lab people like you, have the experience and skills that span the entire gamut, so we understand your needs and speak your language.

Here are some of the industries we serve:

...and most importantly - YOUR Lab!

Cloud Apps (SaaS)

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At the end of the day, it's the apps you are interested in. These are the part of the overall informatics platform that you actually work with to perform the functions you need. The applications themselves constitute the Software as a Service (SaaS) layer of the LabLynx Informatics Platform. You may already be familiar with that term, as "SaaS" rivals "Cloud" as the buzzword of recent years in technology circles, even coming into general non-technical usage.

Our SaaS offerings are many and growing daily. No matter which solution edition you select (see the Industry Solutions and Editions & Pricing areas of the LabLynx website), you get a great range of features and functionality you can use in your laboratory. From LIMS/LIS to ELN, SDMS and EHR to CRM, CMS, inventory management, project management, BI, ERP, LMS, KMS and more, it's all at your fingertips.

Our solutions are all part of our sciCloud.net® platform, which offers various accounts, including the free Community Edition. Learn more about sciCloud.net® HERE.

Development Platform (PaaS)

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Tools for developing and modifying the apps SciCloud.net® provides are included, making the entire informatics platform dynamic and alive, providing the SciCloud.net® Platform as a Service (PaaS) layer of our informatics platform. These include the LabLynx LIMStudio, which includes our Report Builder and LIMS development tool. Standard, well-known development languages are used, with nothing proprietary, so you never get locked into any particular version with no way out. WebLIMS itself is highly user-configurable anyway, with LIMStudio providing even more flexibility - and thus unmatched scalability, longevity and therefore value/ROI.

Many SciCloud.net® apps are designed as modules to work on the Odoo platform, and are thus Python-based, with a large and thriving community of open source development resources. Other apps, plugins and add-ons are open source or written in standard languages.

Join the sciForge.net community for free to liaise with other development professionals in the SciCloud.net® laboratory, science, health and informatics community.

Cloud Platform (IaaS)

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At the foundation of the technology layers of the LabLynx Informatics Platform is our dedicated, purpose-built LabLynx Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). It has been designed and built from the ground up using only the finest hardware and software components, using best practices and ensuring comprehensive redundancy, failover, data backup and protection and SSL security and encryption.
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The LabLynx Cloud Infrastructure is housed in a state-of-the-art data center, certified to the highest SSAE 16 SOC 2 standards, so that together, our cloud-hosting infrastructure and premises offer you a 100% uptime guarantee. Database backups are taken hourly, and entire backups are done daily and stored in a geographically distant second data center. In short, no one offers better reliability and data security and protection than LabLynx. Many of our customers require HIPAA, CLIA, 21 CFR part 11, ISO or other regulatory compliance, and the LabLynx Cloud Infrastructure IaaS cloud platform delivers that and more.

Community Platform

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The entire LabLynx informatics pyramid has its foundation firmly established in the sciCloud.net® community network, a vast interconnection of laboratory, informatics, medical and scientific professionals and related members who access and share information, news and events, apps, resources and more, and provide services and products to each other. It is very much the complete ecosystem for the industry, the place that's custom-tailored to our community's unique needs.

SciCloud.net®'s hub, where you can go to access all of its information and resources or just hang around and discuss topics of interest, is at http://scicloud.net. SciCloud.net® is comprised of tens of thousands of members, growing daily. The network is a vibrant, dynamic community where members are helping members through information sharing and other activities. Participation helps everyone, because we all recognize that an industry and marketplace that maximize individual skills and opportunities ultimately serves individuals who operate in that community, and advances the industry as a whole.

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Membership is free, and you gain easy access to:
  • News
  • Events
  • Discussions
  • Journals
  • Books
  • Courses
  • Public Databases
  • Career resources and even free apps - all tailored specifically for the laboratory, informatics, science and healthcare community.

But even more than these, your sciCloud.net® community network includes support and service personnel, for all the free apps and the others. Basically, there is nothing you might want or need that has to do with your lab or project - or career - that you won't find. It's free, and it's easy. Just log in with your LinkedIn login (it only takes a few minutes to make one of those if you don't already have one) and make use of all of the benefits immediately!

To learn more about the sciCloud.net® community-based digital business ecosystem, see Open Platform for Continuous Innovation.

Your Solution

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Crowning the LabLynx informatics platform pyramid is what matters most to you: your own, tailored LIMS solution for your lab. Your solution starts with the webLIMS edition that's right for your type of lab, delivered in the format that makes best sense for you (see Editions & Pricing). There are editions for every kind of lab, no matter how specialized you are, and options on delivery so that you can simply subscribe to your own private cloud-hosted LIMS, buy it and still have us host it, or buy it and install on your own servers.

And the custom plan doesn't stop there. LabLynx LIMS is very user-configurable, so you can always tweak things how you want them - making your solution both very tailored to your preferences and flexible enough to keep up with your changes over time so you get maximum life expectancy and value.

Function and Feature Rich

Your LabLynx LIMS is filled with functionality, so it's far more than a simple sample tracking app. You get everything from inventory management to CRM, instrument maintenance and calibration management, personnel training and certification management and much more, complete with audit trail, all supporting the various regs and standards that may apply to your lab, like HIPAA, CAP, HITECH, 21 CFR part 11, ISO 17025/9001 and more. Details here.

Complete Suite of Apps

In addition to the LabLynx LIMS itself, you get a custom-selected selection of open source apps for the entire gamut of tasks you need to take care of, with more available any time at the click of a button. A sciCloud.net® account is included in your solution. Types of apps available in sciCloud.net® include:

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LabLynx provides easy online access to all of the sciCloud.net® Odoo open source apps, plus available free and premium specially-developed apps for the laboratory, scientific and healthcare industries.

So your LabLynx LIMS solution is a complete solution, more complete than any other. To see more, go to Cloud Apps.

We Help You Choose the Right Solution

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Throughout the whole process, from your initial enquiry to nailing down your exact requirements, taking you through an online demo and Q&A session, providing a clear quote with the Statement Of Work and all costs to actually helping you learn how to configure and operate the system as it is brought into use - you will have the same dedicated LIMS Engineer/Project Manager at each step, to answer all your questions and help you with whatever you need. And even then, once you're fully operational and knocking out work, you still have built-in support hours and our US-based online Help Desk and support team (including your LE/PM) to make sure you stay successful and confident in using your LabLynx LIMS Solution.

Get Yours Now!

It's easy to get the ball rolling, with no commitment or risk. We'll answer all your questions and show you everything you want to know about our LIMS solutions until you are happy that LabLynx is right for you! Just fill out the contact form at the LabLynx Website "How to Buy" page and our experienced Chief LIMS Engineer/PM will give you a call to begin discussing what you need and what we can offer. Join the many satisfied LabLynx users around the world and make use of the many additional free benefits. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cloud Apps

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The third layer of the LabLynx Informatics Platform is the Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS component, which comprises all of the various actual applications ("apps") available to LabLynx customers.

LIMS the ERP

The term "ERP", or Enterprise Resource Planning system, is used to describe a total management system for a business. For the laboratory, LabLynx is your ERP – and your total support network.

In typically unique fashion, LabLynx stands out from standard LIMS vendors in offering a vast suite of business apps bundled with every LabLynx LIMS solution, comprising a comprehensive, ERP-level breadth of functions and features to address every aspect of lab management and data handling. Our firm belief is that your LIMS solution should be the complete answer to every one of your data management needs, from managing samples to designing a webpage and everything in between. And we also believe you should have it hosted for you and all at no extra costs - convenient, efficient, effective and full value at the lowest cost. You can see more about us and what makes LabLynx different at LabLynx.com: About Us.

LabLynx LIMS

The LabLynx LIMS itself is at the core of your LabLynx LIMS solution. In and of itself, it is very much an ERP for your lab, offering world-class functionality and proven reliability. But more than that, it comes pre-tuned to your specific type of lab. That's because it was designed with immense user-configurability built in. It can be tailored to fit your exact terminologies, workflows and needs, no matter what type of lab you have. Each solution is already configured for your specific industry (see Industry Solutions), and then you can still tweak it any way you want during setup and training, so you have the prefect LIMS for you! Often the problem with having a perfect LIMS, though, is that as your needs change and time moves on, it becomes less "perfect". Again, the LabLynx LIMS avoids that pitfall, because you can make any changes you need to, quickly and easily, with hardly ever any need to contact us for help. That means your LIMS STAYS perfect for a long, long time - and YOU get maximum ROI (Return on Investment).

Adding even more ERP-level value to the high configurability and secure, reliable browser-based access, LabLynx LIMS Features and Functions include:

  • Sample/specimen-based, project-based, case-based or order-based receiving/accession
  • Assignable sets of characteristics, including tests with custom limits/ranges or specifications, pricing and more
  • Configurable screens/forms, fields, picklists and more
  • Configurable, role-based security
  • Add, modify parameters, tests, panels
  • Automatic versioning of tests and documents
  • Upload and associate files with tests, samples, projects/orders, instruments, inventory items and more
  • Configurable process steps and their sequences, required workflows
  • Calculations/formulas
  • Chain of Custody
  • Control Charting
  • Auto-scheduled events, sample generation
  • Training & Certification Management
  • Instrument Maintenance & Calibration Management
  • User & Profile Management
  • Inventory Management
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  • Client Portal for submitting test requests and/or viewing reports
  • Storage tracking
  • Included Report Builder
  • Integrate with instruments, applications, databases
  • Manual/auto alerts, email notifications
  • QA/QC
  • Pan-industry regulatory compliance (21 CFR part 11, ISO 17025, ASCLD, CAP, HIPAA, CLIA, GLP/GALP and more)
  • Audit Trail
  • Barcoding
  • Tablet/mobile-friendly
  • sciCloud.net application suite included
  • Editions for every type of lab, with even more functions and features

The LabLynx LIMS is web browser-based, and most of our customers prefer to leave the hosting and maintenance to us. However, if you need to host it on your own servers for any reason, that is also an option. Either way, there's no need to update individual workstations any time there are any changes, updates or upgrades. Users simply open a browser, go to the site (whether internal or in our LabLynx Cloud Infrastructure) and log in. You can have multiple lab locations using a single instance of your LIMS, and users can have different secure access profiles for each.

Learn more about the LabLynx LIMS for your lab at LabLynx LIMS.

SciCloud.net®

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SciCloud.net® is LabLynx's open access, open source suite of thousands of apps and add-ins that bring untold levels of additional functions and features to your lab. There is an app for every imaginable aspect of running your lab, facility and overall business, and it comes with every edition of the LabLynx LIMS Solution for your lab.

SciCloud.net® is offered to all members of the LabLynx Community Network as well. It includes literally tens of thousands of applications and plug-ins/add-ons, with support communities within the larger community. In fact, anyone can contribute their skills and/or build apps or add-ons to offer within the community.

For more information on SciCloud.net® and its apps, see SciCloud.net®.

Development Platform (PaaS)

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Part of the LabLynx, Inc. Informatics Platform is the Development Platform, called sciForge, offered as a Platform as a Service (PaaS).

The Development platform, sciForge, sits atop the Cloud Platform (IaaS) layer, providing a suite of tools for development, customization/configuration and maintenance of the apps offered by LabLynx. These tools enable you to have control over every phase of laboratory informatics management, from the initial defining of system requirements through validation, and each additional stage through the entire lifecycle of your informatics solution suite. The tools comprise, in lifecycle order:


URS Definition - Defining User Requirements Specifications for informatics systems

Project Management - Managing implementation - and, later, maintenance, additional customization, etc.

Validation - Verifying the system does what the URS said it should

Configuration & Customization - Add/modify screens, fields, buttons, etc., as well as functionality

Integration - Integrate systems with other systems, instruments, databases

Report Building - Create and modify report templates


URS Definition

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One of the earliest free resources for the laboratory, informatics, medical and scientific community's use after LabLynx established the Laboratory Informatics Institute in 2006 was the LIMSpec. The LIMSpec was - and continues to be - a standardized set of individual requirements that labs can select from to create their own URS (User Requirements Specifications) for informatics systems.

It includes real-world specs in every category of laboratory data management functions, as well as sections aimed specifically at particular types of labs, e.g. environmental, diagnostic, etc. These were all derived from actual URSs, with some added by LIMSinstitute staff based on experience with labs in the industry.

The LIMSpec has grown and evolved since its initial introduction, with today's emphasis being on clear, unambiguous language and open-ended opportunities for vendors to describe fully how they address each requirement. It attempts to steer away from excessive requirements for their own sake, in favor of actual meaningful and relevant functionality that truly reflects the lab's needs and preferences.

The LIMSpec is your LabLynx community tool for the first step in the LIMS or other data management system lifecycle.


Project Management

The second phase of the LIMS lifecycle is implementation, and, after validation, then regular maintenance plus any future modifications. The LabLynx Project Management tool in the sciForge suite provides a complete system for management and documentation of all work, covering these areas.

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It includes an integrated online Help Desk ticket management system where customers can submit new tickets, manage existing ones and communicate with support staff, project managers and developers involved. It also provides for instant email notifications based on a variety of circumstances. Users can be notified of all updates to all or specific tickets, support can be instantly notified of new tickets and updates, etc.

There are other features of this sciForge tool, including the ability to store and access documents, such as SOWs, contracts, etc., as well as uploading files (e.g. screenshots) to accompany tickets. There is a calendar showing task dates/deadlines, a progress chart and more included in the Project Management Help Desk. An online tutorial video and user guide are available on the LabLynx site at http://www.lablynx.com/company/help-desk.


Validation

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Use the LIMSpec to totally ease the validation process, by creating test scripts based on each requirement and the responses provided by LabLynx or the sciCloud.net® app provider. In addition, most general functionality is fully documented, complete with step-by-step instructions with screenshots and often video, for webLIMS and other apps, in online manuals and video tutorials. Your job is simple, with most of it already written, so that you need only present the information in step-by-step format necessary to demonstrate each feature or function.

Results are documented in the LIMSpec-derived test scripts. Time spent, along with the completed scripts themselves, are stored in the LabLynx Project Management system, where they can be accessed any time there is a standards validation or certification audit. LabLynx even provides validation script templates, including DQ, IQ, OQ, PQ and more as necessary.


Configuration & Customization

Of course when talking development platform, the first thing that comes to mind is tools for customization and configuration. As a general rule, the term "configuration" refers to making changes to an existing app without the need to write code, and "customization" refers to source code based work, including creating apps as well as modifying existing ones.

LabLynx provides its iStudio screen designer tool through the sciForge development platform so you can work with your webLIMS solution at a developer level.

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System ERDs are provided, along with documentation to help you use the LIMStudio development tool. And our support team are always ready to help you with whatever you need.


Integration

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SciForge includes the Mirth app to help you integrate your system. WebLIMS will integrate with any other system, device or database using EDDs or file transfer, using the front end of the app itself users can map parameters (analytes) between instruments and the LIMS. But your sciForge Mirth integration tool allows you to create and manage the channels you need, talk to databases, web services and ftp services, automate file transfers and more, for webLIMS and generally, for other apps. For serial interfaces and other complex integrations, the LabLynx LabVia tool provides the necessary functionality, including connecting with Mirth channels.

Mirth channels allow for either unidirectional or bidirectional interfacing, with the ability to have a great deal of control over specifics of the interface. Once channels are defined, they may be used for the same purpose for future interfaces.


Report Building

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At the end of the day, the only reason labs even exist is to produce results. If results could be produced without testing, then labs would go away, because it's the data that are important. So it follows that presenting data is a crucial part of any lab. The SciForge PaaS development platform includes a dedicated Report Builder, so you can present data in the format you need. Several default report templates are included with webLIMS, and they can all be modified and/or new ones created using the LabLynx Report Builder, provided with every LabLynx LIMS solution package at no extra cost.

Fields, database objects, labels and much more are easily arranged, along with a header and footer and any number of groupings. Barcodes may be also added in the same drag-and-drop method, with the ability, as with all template items, to define all characteristics, including size, font, color, hide/show, etc. Barcodes are included by default on the standard sample/specimen label. Other standard templates include a results report, bench worksheet, throughput/TAT report and more.

Native database tools are also usable on the webLIMS SQL database, including SQL Reporting Services, if desired, as are those for open source apps included in the sciCloud.net® suite.

Cloud Platform (IaaS)

At the foundation of the LabLynx Informatics Platform is our dedicated, purpose-built LabLynx Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). It has been designed and built from the ground up using only the finest hardware and software components, using best practices and ensuring comprehensive redundancy, failover, data backup and protection and SSL security and encryption.

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Reliability and Security

The LabLynx Cloud Infrastructure is housed in a state-of-the-art data center, certified to the highest SSAE SOC 2 standards so that together, our cloud-hosting infrastructure and premises offer you a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Database backups are taken hourly, and entire backups are done daily and stored in a geographically distant second data center. In short, no one offers better reliability and data security and protection than LabLynx.

Despite the feeling of some that data must be housed onsite, the truth is that your data and application are almost certainly more secure, with more uptime availability, than any in-house IT department. Think of it this way: you go online with your PC, laptop or cell phone all the time. The biggest difference between certified cloud-hosting data centers and you is that the data center was custom-designed and continually monitored to be the most secure data repository possible. The reason people use banks is because they are specifically designed to protect your money, while making it available to you in the most convenient ways possible. Millions trust online banking every day. Many of our customers require HIPAA, CLIA or other regulatory compliance, and the LabLynx Cloud Infrastructure IaaS cloud platform delivers that and more. And your data belong to you. Anytime you want a separate copy of the latest, we provide it to you.

Cloud Computing

There are some good reasons why Cloud Computing has become the biggest trend in data management since the advent of the Internet. Like the early days of automobiles when you had to be a mechanic to own a car, it's no longer necessary to have your own IT department in order to use apps and manage data. LabLynx recognized cloud computing's importance early on, and because of that was able to get a big head start on other companies in the laboratory, science and healthcare informatics sector. Weled the way by discovering and implementing best practices and constructing the most reliable and secure Cloud Infrastructure available to the community. And because it is ours, not rented from Amazon, Rackspace or anyone else, we can guarantee maintenance, performance and correct installation, and all at a lower price.

Benefits

Here are some of the benefits Cloud Computing brings you (according to Wikipedia):

  • Agility improves with users' ability to re-provision technological infrastructure resources.
  • Cost reductions claimed by cloud providers. A public-cloud delivery model converts capital expenditure to operational expenditure.[1] This purportedly lowers barriers to entry, as infrastructure is typically provided by a third party and need not be purchased for one-time or infrequent intensive computing tasks. Pricing on a utility computing basis is fine-grained, with usage-based options and fewer IT skills are required for implementation (in-house).[2] The e-FISCAL project's state-of-the-art repository[3] contains several articles looking into cost aspects in more detail, most of them concluding that costs savings depend on the type of activities supported and the type of infrastructure available in-house.
  • Device and location independence[4] enable users to access systems using a web browser regardless of their location or what device they use (e.g., PC, mobile phone). As infrastructure is off-site (typically provided by a third-party) and accessed via the Internet, users can connect from anywhere.[2]
  • Maintenance of cloud computing applications is easier, because they do not need to be installed on each user's computer and can be accessed from different places.
  • Multitenancy enables sharing of resources and costs across a large pool of users thus allowing for:
    • centralization of infrastructure in locations with lower costs (such as real estate, electricity, etc.)
    • peak-load capacity increases (users need not engineer for highest possible load-levels)
    • utilization and efficiency improvements for systems that are often only 10–20% utilised.[5][6]
  • Performance is monitored, and consistent and loosely coupled architectures are constructed using web services as the system interface.[2][7][8]
  • Productivity may be increased when multiple users can work on the same data simultaneously, rather than waiting for it to be saved and emailed. Time may be saved as information does not need to be re-entered when fields are matched, nor do users need to install application software upgrades to their computer.[9]
  • Reliability improves with the use of multiple redundant sites, which makes well-designed cloud computing suitable for business continuity and disaster recovery.[10]
  • Scalability and elasticity via dynamic ("on-demand") provisioning of resources on a fine-grained, self-service basis in near real-time[11][12] (Note, the VM startup time varies by VM type, location, OS and cloud providers[11]), without users having to engineer for peak loads.[13][14][15] This gives the ability to scale up when the usage need increases or down if resources are not being used.[16]
  • Security can improve due to centralization of data, increased security-focused resources, etc., but concerns can persist about loss of control over certain sensitive data, and the lack of security for stored kernels. Security is often as good as or better than other traditional systems, in part because providers are able to devote resources to solving security issues that many customers cannot afford to tackle.[17]

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's definition of cloud computing identifies "five essential characteristics":

On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider.

Broad network access. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or thick client platforms (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and workstations).

Resource pooling. The provider's computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand. 

Rapid elasticity. Capabilities can be elastically provisioned and released, in some cases automatically, to scale rapidly outward and inward commensurate with demand. To the consumer, the capabilities available for provisioning often appear unlimited and can be appropriated in any quantity at any time.

Measured service. Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capability at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service (e.g., storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user accounts). Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported, providing transparency for both the provider and consumer of the utilized service.

—National Institute of Standards and Technology
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The LabLynx Community Network

Community Resources

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The foundation of your LabLynx solution is you. It's the laboratory, informatics, healthcare and science community. You are what drives our products, services and direction. LabLynx understands that companies shouldn't produce things and then spend their time trying to convince people they need/want them and should buy them. It's the other way around. Your needs and preferences are the driving force behind what we offer. We spend our time continuously trying to identify what serves you best, and then we provide it. And that extends far beyond a LIMS or LIS.

LabLynx, Inc. has an extensive, dynamic and open community at sciCloud.net® that provides support, discussions, tools and resources to ALL lab, science, medical and informatics professionals. Membership is free, and interaction between all members of the community serves to enhance the overall benefits enjoyed by LabLynx customers as well as the entire scientific community at large, as people trade their experiences, tips and views with each other. But the LabLynx community is more than that. Through sciCloud.net®, LabLynx provides free resources that offer real usefulness that benefits your operations.

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Unique in the laboratory, scientific and healthcare industry, LabLynx, Inc. offers, through the sciCloud.net® community, a selection of free and premium applications, hosted reliably in its own dedicated, secure LabLynx Cloud Infrastructure, along with a host of other free resources, news and events, groups and more. Its collection of thousands of open source apps and add-ons are available globally and cloud-hosted through sciCloud.net®. Joining sciCloud.net® is free and takes only a second when you log in with your LinkedIn account. And if you don't have one of those, it only takes a few minutes to set one up and make use of sciCloud.net®'s many benefits and resources - including:

Community Interaction

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Link up with others in group discussions, search for people and companies, form and participate in local communities, projects and more. Your free sciCloud.net® community network membership gives you full access to the extensive LIMSforum[1][2] and other communities, with tens of thousands of members and growing daily. There you can exchange views on any number of topics with a wide range of industry professionals, and start your own discussions. Seek advice, opinions, and experiences, share your own topics, and generally interact with the larger community. Enjoy the opportunity to poll fellow group members to get their input on approaches to lab processes, their experiences with a given application, what trends they see coming, career paths, opportunities and any other topics where the perspectives and experiences of others in your field can help provide valuable insight that can lead to time and money savings, increased effectiveness or individual growth. And make use of all of the other benefits of the LabLynx sciCloud.net® community.

One of those is the use of Communities. Every member can create at least one community of their own, and join as many as they want. The Professional Community Edition membership allows additional community creation, and Corporate Community Edition includes Single Sign-On (SSO) for easy integration with existing sites and systems.

Cloud Apps

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The sciCloud.net® suite of applications includes those designed specifically for the laboratory, scientific and/or healthcare industries, like ELNs, EHRs, SDMSs and more, along with an assortment of various general office/business and productivity apps. All sciCloud.net® members and LabLynx customers automatically receive a sciCloud.net® community account, providing a complete information management solution for all aspects of their laboratory. So - for the affordable price of free you can have a collection of useful apps that will immediately make your work easier, reduce transcription errors and free you from paper-based data management. And the sciCloud.net® platform offers almost limitless options for additional features, functions and apps.

You can also upgrade from your free sciCloud.net® account any time to add webLIMS for your particular type of lab. For information on sciCloud.net® account editions, see SciCloud.net® Editions. There's a sciCloud.net® edition perfect for you, no matter what type of lab you are. And you can also see the LabLynx webLIMS editions for every type of lab at Industry Solutions.


Publications

Information should be free, and boy is there a lot of it here! You get searchable discussions on thousands of topics, news, events, blogs, professional journals, books, tools to help you set your specifications for apps like LIMS/LIS and other systems, course textbooks, thousands of open databases for research, knowledge base wikis like LIMSwiki.com[3], magazines, newsletters... And SciCloud.net® compiles and publishes books on a wide variety of topics that all members can access and read online or download at their convenience.

These range from annual scientific journal compilations, to course guides, manuals and topics of interest, with titles like:

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This selection is by no means the whole library. Keep an eye out for new titles released on an almost daily basis.

Another type of free publication at sciCloud.net® is the many Buyer’s Guides released by the Laboratory Informatics Institute[4] and community, featuring specs, comparisons, pricing and other valuable information about any of the various apps used by the community. Services, consultants and more will also be covered in future guides.

Find out more at LIMSbook.com.

Marketplace

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Get used or new equipment and supplies, free Buyer's Guides for apps, services and products, and more, in your free sciCloud.net® Marketplace. The Marketplace contains:
  • Lab, scientific and medical equipment and supplies
  • Free-lance services of all kinds
  • Bids and grants
  • Apps and services Buyer's Guides
  • Access to all of the sciCloud.net® apps

Whenever you need...well, anything - just click the Marketplace menu link to find it. And if you want to let others know about your own services or you have something to sell or trade, just go to the free sciCloud.net® Marketplace.

Career Opportunities

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Another free benefit all members enjoy is access to our industry job board, where you can search for specific openings and post your own. List openings and search for people to hire, or search for career opportunities yourself. Put out your shingle to do freelance or contract work in the community, find or list bids, projects and other opportunities.

The job board contains all the latest postings from throughout the industry, ranging from medical assistant to lab tech to phlebotomist, research scientist, lab director and more. Whatever your career goals, make LabCareers your go-to resource.

Equally, it can help you find quality hirings to meet all your specific staffing needs. Search according to your requirements or create a posting. And if you want you can always make use of LabLynx's expert Recruitment Services.

Courtesy of LabLynx, Inc. and sciCloud.net®, you have a specific place to go that specializes in only medical/scientific/lab positions and people. Where else can you go for free to see exactly the kind of career-specific information and resources that have meaning for you?

Training Courses

One of the indispensable keys to raising quality in the industry - in any industry - is training. Increasing our skill sets makes us better at what we do, which not only affects quality but also makes us more attractive commodities in the workplace. And it's essential in some instances, for instance conducting certain tests and/or operating particular instruments, handling sensitive HIPAA-controlled information, etc. But training can be expensive, time-consuming and difficult to fit in with career and family demands. SciCloud.net online courses are the answer.

You can go to sciCloud.net any time and select Education from the menu to search courses, tutorials, webinars and institutions that provide the training you need. They're online, and most are free, so they couldn't be more convenient. Learn any time, any place. Increase your value and grow your career in your spare time - it's up to you! And any community members can create their own courses, so it's simple to keep all the required staff training for your company at your sciCloud.net group.


The LabLynx Application Platform Revolution

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SciCloud.net® is more than an an app account. It represents a major corporate shift, and is the latest innovation by LabLynx, Inc. to embrace community-based, open principles in the way we do business. SciCloud.net® is now our application platform for all of our products, including the webLIMS/ELab LIMS.

Our sciCloud.net® platform is the result of the recognition that the individuals that make up the laboratory, scientific and healthcare community are the center and focus of what we do - NOT us or our product. Without you, there would be no LabLynx, webLIMS/ELab or any other LabLynx product or service. Your needs and preferences drive the industry, and ours is always a response to those needs and preferences, not something we arbitrarily create and then try to sell to you.

That being the case, we understand the social involvement revolution that the advent of the Internet has fostered, and engineered our offerings to have a community-based foundation. For instance: once upon a time news was monolithic. That is, we all got it from a handful of networks, like ABC, NBC, CBS etc. - who in turn were fed by Reuters, the AP and UPI primarily. Today the Internet means we all participate in news. As things happen they are reported by ordinary people in the community. We take video footage or photos with our phones, instantly post them on social media, etc. Now we are a giant news community, made up of ordinary people, with less and less need to resort to mainstream media feeds. SciCloud.net® is just like that.
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For the first time, you participate in your data management options and quality. You can run your lab, do science, provide healthcare services and the like by choosing amongst free, open source, open access apps and databases, coupled with enterprise-level systems designed by members of your community, supported and serviced by members of that same community and contributed to by you and your colleagues. Everything is open, no longer high-priced, slow-moving proprietary monoliths. But don't confuse "open" with "un-secure". SciCloud.net® is cloud-hosted on the finest, state-of-the-art secure SOC 2 Type II infrastructure, with full system redundancy and fail-over, dual backup, second, geographically-distant backup datacenter and comprehensive physical security. And it guarantees 99.9% uptime reliability.

Community-based foundation means interaction with all other members of the community, collaboration on projects, sharing of information and free flow of news, events, ideas and opinions. It means innovation, and products and services that are borne directly out of real immediate and long-term community interests and concerns. THIS is how it was meant to be, and it is long overdue!

To learn more about the community-based ecosystem, see Open Platform for Community Growth and Open Platform for Continuous Innovation. It's all part of the overall community-based informatics platform called sciCloud.net®.

Standard (Free!) Features

There are apps included with your free sciCloud.net® account by default, designed specifically to benefit science, healthcare and/or laboratory professionals. Additionally, LabLynx provides easy online access to all of the sciCloud.net® open source apps and their plugins and add-ons, plus many other free and premium specially-developed apps and add-ons for the laboratory, scientific and healthcare industries.

Collaboration

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Your sciCloud.net® account includes a free collaborative scientific project management infrastructure, so you are instantly set up to do research and other projects with any selected colleagues, on any number of projects.

The app provides a single, central place for all your work so it's organized, backed up and secure. You will never lose your data. And you control who you share it with: nobody, everybody or something in between. And on top of that, it integrates with any other apps, databases or systems, including things like Dataverse, GitHub, Dropbox and Google Drive, Mendeley and more - anything that helps you do what you need to. And it tracks your file revisions, helping you meet protocols and standards.

ELN

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What else could you want to help you do good science? How about a free ELN included by default! The SciNote electronic laboratory notebook is already there when you become a sciCloud.net ® member and begin using your sciCloud.net® account. Within minutes you can set up a project and begin working!

Your sciCloud.net ELN includes all of the features you need and expect from a professional app - like unlimited projects, team management, configurable experiments and protocols with multiple steps and specific workflows, flexible results formats, quick and configurable reports and more. And to top it off, since it is web-based it provides full native support for any degree of secure, managed collaboration - world-wide, any time zone.

Find out more about the SciNote ELN here.

Open Data

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Yet another free feature of your sciCloud.net® account is access to a selection of databases. So much of science, especially research, has to do with integrating and building from existing information. SciCloud.net® helps, by giving you access to all kinds of information in all kinds of areas through open database connectivity. Now you can pull the data that are relevant, map them, make graphs and charts and use them in conjunction with your particular project - quickly and easily, giving you increased validity, accuracy and meaningful conclusions in a fraction of the time of traditional research.

All the knowledge of the world is open to you, ready to be leveraged and built upon as you pursue your particular areas of interest and expertise in the advancement of science, production, healthcare or another enterprise.

Application Library

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In addition to the default apps every sciCloud.net ® member gets, there are a host of other apps available, as well as collections of plug-ins/add-ons for them, making your potential data management options virtually limitless.

We know you don't do your work in a vacuum. Any organization, company or even individual has a three-dimensional, multi-aspect work life that involves different approaches to each task or project. That's why there are as many varied apps out there as there are types of tasks and areas of endeavors. But, until now, there has been no effort made by anybody to provide a thought-out selection of apps that can work together for the science, lab or healthcare professional. We said "until now". SciCloud.net® is the first place you can go to get ALL of the apps and services you need to do everything you do.

It's all there: Scientific Data Management Systems, ELN, EHR, project/research management, ERP for your entire operations, knowledge management system to collect and organize your knowledge base, integration apps to link your enterprise into a single cohesive unit, even apps to build your website...and of course, the finest professional LIMS and LIS solutions in the world. To access your free apps and other apps and services, just go to http://scicloud.net and look for the "Sign in with LinkedIn" Log In with LinkedIn.png button.

Marketplaces of Plugins and Add-ons

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The bounty doesn't stop there. For every sciCloud.net® app you use there is a great selection of add-ons and plugins developed by its community that add even more functionality and features to suit your every need. So your choices and availability of new features and functions explode exponentially, and are growing every day.

Many of the sciCloud.net® application library offerings are open source, which means they include their own communities and dedicated add-ons and plug-ins contributed by developers with free access to code. It's one of the main ways free and open source formats maintain sustainability. All of these are readily available through sciCloud.net®, and you don't have to worry about the IT side of it, like servers, downloads, configurations, integrations and so on. Use the dedicated support community or your LabLynx sciCloud.net® support plan for professional installation and maintenance, and just add it to your cloud-hosted account.

SciCloud.net® Editions

The sciCloud.net® platform provides several editions to meet all of the needs of specific types of labs and organizations. These are:

  • Community Cloud - The sciCloud.net® Community Cloud is free and automatically provided to all sciCloud.net ® members (which includes all LabLynx clients). It includes the apps and features mentioned in Standard (Free) Features above. It is also included in all other editions. Community support is included, with additional support available.
  • Research Cloud - This edition is designed primarily for research, and includes all of the features of the Community Edition, plus a LIMS sample management app and clinical trials app. It also includes annual support hours, along with community support, with additional support available.
  • Health Cloud - This is the set of professional sciCloud.net® products that make up solutions for medical/healthcare environments. It includes the Community Edition, plus the LabLynx, Inc. ELab LIS, an EMR/EHR, EAI (enterprise application integration) solution, and business intelligence features that include data visualization, web portal and reporting functions. It also includes annual support hours, along with community support, with additional support available.
  • Lab Cloud - The sciCloud.net® Lab Cloud Edition is centered around the state-of-the-art LabLynx, Inc. ELab LIMS, and comes in any of a number of solution packages for specific types of labs. Additional features and functions include LES, EAI (enterprise application integration) solution, and business intelligence features that include data visualization, web portal and reporting functions. It also includes annual support hours, along with community support, with additional support available.
  • Government Cloud - GSA-listed solutions are available to every level of government, from municipal water treatment plants to federal public health initiatives, and all are priced per GSA rules, so they represent the very best value.

All editions include the option to add additional apps and their plugins and add-ons, like the Business Suite, with a variety of apps useful in any business or organization, like ERP (enterprise resource planning), CRM (contact relationship management), project management, knowledge base, accounting, eCommerce, HR and more; and Developer Suite, which helps developers work with sciCloud.net® apps.

And there's more. SciCloud.net® provides optional add-on features and services, like Developer Cloud, Device Cloud and Server Cloud, so you can work with LabLynx and other app codes, integrate with other apps, databases, devices/instruments and more, and purchase cloud-hosting space at affordable rates.

For more information on sciCloud.net® editions, see SciCloud.net® Editions. To arrange a demo, get help in finding a solution, etc., contact us at Contact Us.

Support Plans and Options

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So sciCloud.net® provides you with free apps, free community support, loads of available additional apps with vast libraries of add-ons and plugins - everything you need to do collaborative science, run or work in a lab (ANY kind of lab!), physician office or other healthcare service and more. But maybe you'd like the peace of mind to know you don't have to go looking when you want something fixed or added. Well, you're covered there too! All sciCloud.net accounts give you the choice of levels of ongoing support, backed by LabLynx, Inc. itself, with our full warranty on all work. Choose from a variety of plans specially designed for the solution that's right for you.

LabLynx uses only the best professional engineers, developers and other system experts, so you can be confident your work is done right - on time, on budget and to the highest standards. Whether it's adding another app, configuring/customizing it or one you already have, adding plugins and add-ons, integrating apps, devices or databases - whatever you need, you can trust the LabLynx support team.

References

  1. A discussion group originally formed in LinkedIn, now existing independently and offering more features and functions and fewer restrictions. It was created to facilitate the exchange of ideas and technical information across the fields of laboratory, science, and health informatics."Lablynx - latest company news". LaboratoryTalk.com. 25 August 2009. http://www.laboratorytalk.com/news/lbl/lbl103.html. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  2. "LiMS forum - Laboratory Informatics Institute user's group for LIMS, Scientific & Health Informatics". LinkedIn.com. http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2069898. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  3. Creative Commons-licensed wiki with the goal of bringing related informatics communities together to maintain a repository of information about the industry "LIMSwiki mission". 2 June 2011. http://limswiki.org/index.php/LIMSwiki_mission. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  4. "The LIMS Book". Laboratory Informatics Institute, Inc.. http://limsbook.com/. Retrieved 22 October 2011.