If you guessed that I’m blogging about the search terms people use to find my blog, again, you’d be correct. Today, I’m wondering deeply why someone would look for “people with extra LIMS.”
Before I start pondering this, I’ll admit I’m stretching on this one. With my ongoing move, my mind is taken up with making that happen in a timely and less-painful-than-it-needs-to-be manner. And, it goes without saying that my top priority is keeping my customer commitments over blogging or other activities, right now.
Still, I haven’t given up on writing altogether. And so, when I saw the search term “people with extra LIMS” show up in my blog statistics, I couldn’t let it pass by without comment.
First of all, and it’s silly and obvious to say this, but I feel I must – I haven’t met a customer, yet, who had extras around. Anyone who has a retired LIMS isn’t really keeping it active nor are they willing to give it away to someone (if they’ll even admit they ever had it, to begin with!!). As for extra LIMS licenses, if that was what the person might have been looking for, I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that you can just buy someone’s extra LIMS licenses that they think they don’t really need.
For one, you can’t just walk up to a LIMS vendor and buy their LIMS, necessarily. Some vendors will screen you, first, to make sure you know what you’re getting into. If they don’t think you quite understand what you’re buying, some of the LIMS vendors will not sell to you. Think of it this way: not only would you be angry with them when you realized you wasted your money on the wrong system and would tell EVERYONE you met how awful this one was (bad publicity for them), but you would also probably have a rather poor installation for your situation and might end up constantly calling their help desk for workarounds (an extra load on their help desk that they don’t need). Or, some just do it because it’s the right thing to do to refuse to make a bad sale.
Yet, “people with extra LIMS” could mean even something entirely different than I’ve come up with. I’m now really curious about this and will spend too much brain cycle time on it. 😉