CSols Summit Recap: Exploring the Future of Lab Data Across Your Organization
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by Maya Goldstein
1w ago
When technology changes, you must change with it. If not, your business could fall behind (just ask the founders of Netscape, who brought the Internet to all of us). Organizations like yours can be easily swayed by new technology buzzwords such as digital transformation and AI/ML for the laboratory, without really understanding what will be required to enact that technology. As a consultancy to a wide range of companies, it is our business to stay at the forefront of laboratory innovation, learn all that we can about what the future may be, and share those learnings with our audience. This ye ..read more
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Optimizing LabWare LIMS Master Data Management (MDM)
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by Maya Goldstein
1M ago
Master Data is the foundation upon which most information systems are built and operated. It is the static data that is stored in the system and serves as the standard for business-critical information. The static (or master) data is the backbone of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) because it defines the Products, Analyses, Batches, Instrumentation, Users, and many other operationally essential data objects. Therefore, the processes surrounding Master Data implementation will usually dictate how well (or not) a system like LabWare LIMS is maintained over its operational lif ..read more
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Empower 3 Implementation – The 4 Dos and Don’ts
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by CSols Inc.
2M ago
A chromatography data system (CDS) is quite prevalent in life sciences laboratories today. The software enables multivendor controls of instruments that perform gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and even ultra-performance liquid chromatography. If you are implementing a Waters Empower™ CDS for the first time or upgrading an existing system, there are many pre-implementation activities to think about and perform to increase success with an Empower implementation, deployment, and validation. We’ve gathered important Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind. We’ll start with the don’ts, so ..read more
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Data Visualization to Derive Value from Your Lab Data Analytics
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by Maya Goldstein
2M ago
A picture is worth a thousand words. This adage is common in numerous languages today, but it originated in Norway with Henrik Ibsen, the playwright, whose original quote was “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.” Over the last hundred years, it has evolved to the form many of us are familiar with. And today, labs everywhere are discovering how true this statement is for their lab data analytics. When you can take a pile of scientific data and convey the importance of that data in a way that’s beautiful and easily understood, you have added value to your ..read more
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Navigating LabWare’s Message Engine Template
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by Maya Goldstein
3M ago
Does your LabWare implementation connect to external applications, such as SAP, another LIMS solution, or an external database? Are there multiple interfaces between LabWare and those external applications? If so, your LabWare implementation will greatly benefit from the Message Engine Template, as it is LabWare’s standardized and validated way to connect with external systems. LabWare’s ME template allows a Lab’s data to flow seamlessly between multiple systems to facilitate a streamlined workflow. Having access to the same data between multiple systems reduces the time needed for users to m ..read more
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Working with a LIMS Consultancy – The Help You Didn’t Know You Need
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by Maya Goldstein
4M ago
Yes, shelling out money for a third-party consultancy may seem counterintuitive when you’re contemplating making a big investment in a laboratory informatics management system (LIMS). However, the value companies gain by working with a LIMS consultancy provides multiple dividends. As laboratory staff, you are the expert in your research field, and no one expects you to also understand the intricacies of deploying a LIMS; that’s why consultancies exist. LIMS implementations are our specialty and we’re here to help. Companies may plan for a LIMS implementation and tell themselves that once the ..read more
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How to Get Management Buy-in for a New Lab Informatics Implementation
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by Maya Goldstein
4M ago
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single laboratory in possession of a good quantity of data, must be in want of a LIMS.” Apologies to Jane Austen—that’s not really how the line goes (and it’s not from Persuasion), but it is true that once a laboratory’s data gets to a certain scale, the need for a LIMS or other informatics solutions can become undeniable. So how do you get management, who holds the purse strings, to put out the coin? This blog post has answers. Once you understand the various factors that will play into the cost, the key to funding approval will rest with the a ..read more
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Automated Validation—Does one size have to fit all?
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by Maya Goldstein
5M ago
Eva Kelly has more than 25 years of experience as a Data Integrity (DI) subject matter expert specialising in 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11 compliance and has held DI lead and quality assurance information technology lead positions for pharma and biotech companies utilising GxP software as a service, hosted and on-premise solutions. She has been involved with many international DI remediation projects with significant positive outcomes. Opinions expressed by CSols Inc. contributors are their own. In life sciences, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical technology, when consider ..read more
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What Should Be Integrated with a LIMS?
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by Maya Goldstein
5M ago
When you implement a laboratory information management system (LIMS), you’ll have to plan for what you will integrate with your LIMS and when you will do it. Understanding the potential benefits or difficulties of integrations will help the implementation team do this planning. In today’s informatics and data-sharing environment, it’s true that almost any system or instrument can be integrated with a LIMS, but what should be integrated with your LIMS and in what order is unique to your situation. This blog post offers some guidance. Prioritization At the heart of the question of what should b ..read more
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How Long Does a LIMS Implementation Take?
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by Maya Goldstein
6M ago
After asking how much does a LIMS cost, the next most pressing question that potential clients have is, how long will a LIMS implementation take? The short answer is that a laboratory information management system (LIMS) implementation can take anywhere from a couple of months to a year or more. The long answer, considering your individual situation, is in this blog post.  There are approaches that any lab or organization can take to help a LIMS implementation be successful and stick to a defined schedule. If your organization is prepared to do the right groundwork for your LIMS implemen ..read more
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