2014 ELN Survey Results

Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs), one component of a lab’s information infrastructure, help laboratories capture and manage knowledge, streamline data management, protect intellectual property and foster collaboration. Both non-specific/generic ELNs (which compete directly against paper notebooks) & application/task-specific ELNs exist, each with their own fans.

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Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an Electronic Lab Notebook

  1. How local are resources and how available are resources for deployment, training and extensions? What is the timeline for availability and cost?
  2. How easy is it to extend the application? Does it require IT or super users? How long does training take to make modifications and how extensive is the API for modifications?
  3. How easy is it to get data back out of the system? Is all information indexed and searchable? Can users query and combine data from multiple experiments, not just return a list of experiments?
  4. What is the typical number of hours of admin time required to upgrade for a major release and a minor release?
  5. What level of support is offered? How many support staff are there, where are they located and what language do they support? How is the support rated by other customers?
  6. Is your IP system safe in their system? What is the chance the company will be around in five years? What is the chance that the company will switch technologies and force an expensive migration? What credibility does the company have in the past for delivering robust, scalable, secure, and 21 CFR Part 11 compliant systems?

Types of ELN installations used by survey respondents

Web-based 38%
Stand-alone 14%
Thin client/server 1%
Client/server 37%
Other 10%

Primary purpose for ELNs as reported by survey respondents

Centralized data repositories 8%
Infrastructure for capturing, accessing and sharing experimental information 21%
Improved communication between instruments and related software 4%
Accelerating the documentation and reporting of experimentation 15%
Enabling scientists to collaborate effectively on multi-stage projects 10%
Workflow coordination across geographic and business boundaries 3%
Streamlined regulatory compliance 1%
Intellectual property (IP) protection 6%
Patent evidence creation 0%
Improve productivity 4%
All of the above 27%

Nearly 56% of respondents plan on purchasing an ELN in the next year. The reasons for these purchases are as follows

Infrastructure for capturing, accessing and sharing experimental information 19%
Accelerating the documentation and reporting of experimentation 16%
Setting up a new lab 12%
Centralized data repositories 12%
Enabling scientists to collaborate effectively on multi-stage projects 8%
Improved communication between instruments and related software 7%
Upgrading existing ELNs 6%
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity 6%
Streamlined regulatory compliance 4%
Web-based access 4%
Workflow coordination across geographic and business boundaries 4%
Other 2%

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing an ELN

Security 79%
Ease of Use 72%
Price 66%
Versatility 53%
Service and Support 53%
Up Time 49%
Customization 47%
Multi-Platform 47%
Web-Based Access 45%
Remote Access 43%

Completed Surveys: 270


For more information on electronic lab notebooks, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/ELN 

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