Post Tagged with: "LIMS"

Laboratory Management System (LIMS/LIS/LES)

The ELab module includes a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), a Laboratory Information System (LIS), an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN), and a Laboratory Execution System (LES). These features have a basic package and a full package.

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.

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 vendor’s 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 […]

Would you consider a SaaS (Hosted) LIMS for your Laboratory?

Would you consider a SaaS (Hosted) LIMS for your Laboratory?

With all the talk about SaaS for laboratories, it seems like a good idea to find out whether or not laboratories have any real interest in SaaS (hosted) LIMS.  Take this quick 2 second poll and also see what others are saying. [polldaddy poll=2207749]

So what keeps you from buying a LIMS for your lab?

So what keeps you from buying a LIMS for your lab?

Take a look at the following survey and see if any of the questions apply to your situation.  The survey takes less than a minute to complete.

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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.

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.

The LIMS Home Grown Nightmare

The LIMS Home Grown Nightmare

In today’s world, the idea of building your own LIMS is becoming a thing of the past. There are many good products to choose from; but in case you are thinking of having a LIMS built for your lab, consider this image.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What is the Largest LIMS of Them All?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What is the Largest LIMS of Them All?

Most labs have fewer than 25 people. So, does it really matter what the answer is to the question: “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, what is the largest LIMS of them all?” Well, you decide.

LIMS Are Like Sausages!

LIMS Are Like Sausages!

You would no more want to eat a plate of raw sausages than you would want to try to use a LIMS that was not configured specifically to your lab and ready to go as a turn-key solution.

LIMS and ISO 17025 Primer Tutorial

The following on-line video provides a tutorial primer on ISO 17025 and how a LIMS can help your lab with the issues surrounding compliance with those standards and requirements.  Audio speakers are highly recommended when viewing this video.

LIMS Awards: Is It for Real or for Sale?

LIMS Awards: Is It for Real or for Sale?

Customers do a better job of evaluating software products than magazine editors. Let’s face it, labs know far more about LIMS than magazines that are in the business of selling ads. The editors have a bit of a conflict of interest don’t they?

SaaS Myths Debunked – Laboratories and Scientific Industries Reap the Benefits of SaaS

SaaS Myths Debunked – Laboratories and Scientific Industries Reap the Benefits of SaaS

The most popular software as a service (SaaS) myths are a last ditch effort by non-SaaS software companies trying to inject FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) to slow the most impressive industry movement and technology disruption we have witnessed in at least the last 20 years.

SaaS – Is a Web Hosted LIMS Right for Your Laboratory?

SaaS – Is a Web Hosted LIMS Right for Your Laboratory?

Simply put, a web hosted or SaaS LIMS is a (Laboratory Information Management System) that is a licensed, web hosted subscription that is paid for on a low monthly or annual fee basis as opposed to a customer, on-site installed, lump sum license purchase.