Within the past few months, I had noticed there was a huge SampleManager resource crunch and many of those of us who talk about it have wondered if this is a long-term shortage. At the same time, the entire laboratory informatics industry seems busy.
SampleManager Resource Crunch Comments
The number of SampleManager-related contacts I’ve been getting has dropped, significantly, since I initially wrote about the potential resource crunch. There could be any number of reasons for that. Some projects probably filled their needs. Other projects probably realized that there are very few consultants available and either decided to try to hire someone and/or to train someone in SampleManager.
However, what I have found is that those projects who decide they need someone full-time and/or on-site at the outset seldom change their mind. Most of the smaller projects I work on, remotely, were already ready to do that when they contacted me. Thus, those projects that I suggested that to that didn’t have that thought already in-mind will probably never consider it. It has been my experience that when a project is marked as full-time and/or on-site in a resource requisition that they do not change. In this case, when I say I’ve “never” seen it happen, I really do mean “never.” I won’t say that it’s not possible that it could happen but, as of yet, have never seen it.
So, regarding the concept some of us have discussed, where larger projects would book a steady stream of a smaller number of hours, I haven’t yet seem that happen. For example, some projects were discussing possibly getting 10 hours/week from now until the end of the year, in order to make at least some amount of progress in the event they really don’t find the full-time on-site resources they are looking for, but none have actually taken that step, yet.
Overall, though, while there are still people looking for SampleManager resources and things are still tight, I don’t know that it’s particularly severe. Instead, I would merely say this is a busy year for SampleManager.
Along with that, I seem to find everyone is busy, this year. At this point, I no longer necessarily think it’s specific to SampleManager, although I’d say that possibly the upswing for SampleManager does seem somewhat stronger than upswings in other areas.
Personally, I just turned down an invitation to be a media partner at the IQPC ELN conference because I’d rather do customer work while things are so busy. I’ve been turning down everything except smaller projects, for now, as I just can’t fit-in huge amounts of work. For example, I still don’t have a single week in 2013 where I could give a new customer 40 hours and travel to their site.
The smaller projects keep dribbling in so I, like many others in the industry, know that you take the work when it comes because you make up for the slow years in the busy years as much as you possibly can.
The larger projects are waiting so long to try getting their work done via smaller increments that, unless they decide to do that fairly soon, they will lose out to all the smaller projects that are taking this opportunity to get some real attention.