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2015 LIMS User Survey Results

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A laboratory information management system (LIMS) serves as the interface to a laboratory’s data, instruments, analyses, and reports. For many analytical laboratories, a LIMS is an important investment that assists management in evaluating the efficiency of the laboratory’s operations and reducing costs.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a LIMS

  1. Why does your organization need a LIMS? You and your staff should come up with a cost-benefit list to help you decide if a LIMS is worth investing in.
  2. What are your current user requirements and how do you expect those to change five to ten years down the road? Make a list. If you expect your needs to change, a flexible LIMS is likely a good choice. Requirements can include labeling, sample registration, etc.
  3. Do you need a consultant to help you decide whether a LIMS is a good fit for you or not? Examine the pros and cons and make sure you properly research potential consultants.
  4. How does the company’s LIMS differ from other products out there? Make sure you do your homework and phone each company you’re interested in. If they can’t answer your questions, they probably aren’t a good fit for you.
  5. Ask for fact sheets, features lists, and case studies from the company. This literature is a starting point for picking the best LIMS for you. A product demonstration is essential.

Types of LIMS configuration used by survey respondents:

Web based 30%
Stand alone 22%
Thin client/server 5%
Client/server 60%

LIMS applications as reported by survey respondents:

Sample management 93%
Regulatory management 32%
User reporting 79%
QA/QC 79%
Invoicing 28%
Workflow automation 46%
Instrument connection 55%
Chemical inventory 23%
Other 2%

Nearly 36% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new LIMS. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Upgrading to a new system
Addition to an existing system
Setting up a new lab
First time purchase

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look for When Purchasing a LIMS

Service and Support 76%
Flexibility 74%
Easy Data Migration 74%
Easily Upgraded 72%
Ease of Installation 69%
Simple Interface 68%
Vendor Supported Training 67%
Powerful Reporting Functions 67%
Vendor Reputation 59%
Price 58%

For more information on LIMS, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit

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