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2016 Product Resource Guide: Informatics

Informatics can make or break your lab's ability to store and share crucial data.

by Lab Manager

7 Questions to Ask When Buying a Lab Informatics System

  1. Why does your organization need a LIMS, ELN, MSDS management system, CDS, etc.?
  2. What are the costs and benefits of such a system? Are those benefits worth investing in?
  3. What are the key elements you require from the data system?
  4. What are your current user requirements and how do you expect those to change five to ten years down the road
  5. 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?
  6. What differentiates the vendor’s software from others offered?
  7. How local are resources and how available are resources for deployment, training, and extensions? What is the timeline for availability and cost?

What Type of LIMS Installation Is In Your Lab?

Client/Server 50%
Web-Based 27%
Stand-Alone 17%
Thin Client/Server 3%
Other 2%

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look for When Purchasing an Electronic Laboratory Notebook

Ease of use 83%
Security 76%
Service and support 63%
Up time 63%
Versatility 59%
Price 59%
Customization 58%
Web-based access 55%
Multi-platform 54%
Ease of installation 50% | | |