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Articles by Gloria Metrick

Troubled Standards

by Gloria Metrick
If standardization is such a key element to integration and the industry has been so interested in it for so long, one might ask, “Why don’t we have these standards in place?” Answer: “Because it’s really, really hard!”

Trends in Laboratory Informatics

by Gloria Metrick
Reporting from two recent laboratory informatics conferences, Gloria Metrick shares her insights into choosing the best informatics product to suit a particular labs needs and how some issues are evolving.

Securing Data

by Gloria Metrick
Whether youre looking at a LIMS, ELN or another system, ensuring data integrity is important in order to ensure that the data a researcher references is correct, satisfy outside stakeholders, and support other efforts, such as proving patents by providing the supporting data.

The Paperless Lab

by Gloria Metrick
Two different laboratory software projects illustrate the tasks and issues involved in "going paperless."

Product Resources - LIMS

by Gloria Metrick
LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) products have been around for decades. Like most products, they began with someone writing software to meet a company’s specific needs.

Product Focus: LIMS

by Gloria Metrick

LIMS products vary from software for small laboratories to systems for enterprise-class distribution, where large implementations can cost millions of dollars and encompass licensing, training, validation and all the other services required.

Smart Software Purchasing

by Gloria Metrick
If you intend to purchase a major piece of software to service your entire division or organization, or a large laboratory, you need to follow a process to ensure that you make the right purchase for your situation.

Life Online

by Gloria Metrick
As sites and tools for online networking and collaboration evolve, they are gaining a permanent place in most laboratories and businesses.