Top 7 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a chromatography data system

1. What are the key elements you need to have from the data system?

2. What differentiates the vendor’s software from others offered, in terms of chromatography data handling, customization and powerful analysis?

3. How do you validate the specification claims presented by the vendor?

4. Has the data processing software been designed for enhanced analytics, with lab workflow in mind and does it support critical compliance requirements?

5. What are important price points to keep in mind when selecting a GC software package?

6. Laboratories need fast and effective services. This includes an effective distribution of installations, help desk, education, and service personnel. How does the company serve these needs globally?

7. Is validation, like support for 21 CFR Part 11, critical for you?

The types of CDS installations found in our readers’ labs, according to our latest survey:

Web-based 16%
Stand-alone 45%
Thin client/server 8%
Client/server 28%
Other 2%

The primary purposes our readers who own CDSs are using their systems for in their labs:

Improved communication between instruments and related software 18%
Accelerating the documentation and reporting of experimentation 16%
Centralized data repositories 14%
Improve productivity 12%
Infrastructure for capturing, accessing and sharing experimental information 7%
Enabling scientists to collaborate effectively on multi-stage projects 7%
Streamlined regulatory compliance 2%
Workflow coordination across geographic and business boundaries 1%
All of the above 20%

The top five most important factors in our readers’ decisions to buy a CDS:

  Important Not Important
Ease of use 97% 3%
Service and support 98% 2%
Price 97% 3%
Versatility 94% 6%
Seamless communication
between different instruments
and software
93% 7%

Recently Released chromatography data systems


CompassCDS™ 3.0
• Eliminates the costs associated with licensing of named users
• Provides operators with a powerful tool for a variety of analytical operations
• Available as a standalone or fully networked client/server application
• Designed to operate in 24/7 production environments with current Windows versions as well as with Virtualized and Citrix metaframe installations

Bruker
www.bruker.com


OpenLAB
• As a straightforward upgrade, it is 100% compatible with the raw data, methods, sequences, and results of the existing ChemStation and EZChrom Elite
• Also adds a host of new features to boost productivity
• Built on the fully scalable OpenLAB architecture, making it future-proofed
• Delivers enhanced reporting and lets you monitor your lab from anywhere—even from your smart phone

Agilent
www.agilent.com


Empower 3
• Provides customizable data reports
• Includes integrated custom calculations
• Features relational data so all your meta data is traceable back to the raw data
• Boasts optimized workflow for different users and different analyses
• Also features enhanced 21 CFR Part 11 compliance capabilities such as electronic signatures

Waters
www.waters.com


Chromera®
• Developed keeping UHPLC specifically in mind, and can be configured for simultaneous multi-detector/multi-channel operation
• Microsoft Outlook®-like user interface is easy to learn and operate
• Helps streamline workflow for efficient sample analysis and data acquisition
• Direct, “hands-on” control of instruments allows active methods and sequences to be modified in real-time

PerkinElmer
www.perkinelmer.com

Chromatography data systems Manufacturers

Agilent www.agilent.com
Bio-Rad www.bio-rad.com
DataApex www.dataapex.com
Dionex www.dionex.com
Hitachi High Technologies www.hitachi-hta.com
Jasco www.jascoinc.com
PerkinElmer www.perkinelmer.com
Shimadzu www.ssi.shimadzu.com
SRI Instruments www.srigc.com
Thermo Fisher Scientific www.thermoscientific.com
Waters www.waters.com