I ran across a tribute to SampleManager talking about “25 Years in SampleManager” giving a little history. Has it been that long, I wondered? Well, no, it’s actually been longer.
As I was reminiscing and looking at some of the old screens, I realized I’d personally been using SampleManager longer than 25 years, myself, and remembered it being around probably 30 years ago. Even in the release of SampleManager 10.0 in 2011, Thermo Fisher Scientific mentions that it brings more than 25 years of history with it.
Is this good or bad? Neither. Every product has its good and bad. SampleManager certainly looks nothing like it did “back in the day” and the actual executable has been rewritten. With that, the basic features have remained the same but there are a variety of changes around them. That is about par with the other big systems that remain. It has changed over the years but any of the products that have survived this long have done so – it’s part of the survival of any product.
In any case, I’ve now been working with LIMS and a wide variety of them for 30 years. I’m pretty sure SampleManager can beat that number.