In my last post, Where Have All the SampleManager Resources Gone?, I talked about the fact that there seems to be quite a few people asking for Thermo Fisher Scientific resources but seemingly not finding them when there are actually resources available in the market. Today, I would say, “Ditto for the LabWare LIMS / ELN.”
What I mean is that, as this product has grown, it has been taken over more and more by larger services groups. I don’t hear from that many consultants who aren’t tied to those larger companies, necessarily, but this product has so many people working with it, now, that it’s probably due to hit its peak number in the coming years, if it’s not now at that number.
This will be the same situation as the Thermo Fisher Scientific SampleManager people where some people will have to get pushed-out of that services arena. Those people will likely be the smaller businesses.
If you’re wondering if I expect to entirely get pushed-out of the LabWare LIMS / ELN market, despite having been working with this product for longer than a tiny handful of people, the answer would be, “Yes.” Seriously, I see the current situation in the US is that customers tend to use the largest companies available to service their projects. That is the current trend.
Now, if customers in other parts of the world who are in a similar economy (i.e., the charge rates are similar) see this as an opportunity to get more options, that could be useful for them. I don’t know what the situation is like in other countries and I will admit that I do spend parts of my days with customers in other parts of the world, where they didn’t find resources in their own country and need another hand on their project. So, I suppose that could be a possibility.
My point is that we all need a little diversification. In 10 years, will I be working 100% with iVention iLES software (i.e., 0% with LabWare LIMS / ELN)? Who knows. I sure don’t know the future. As such, I will do what I’ve always done, which is to make sure I have a couple options open to my business.