In my last post, I suggested to customers interested in running mobile apps for their LIMS, ELN or LES that they consider writing their own or having someone write one for them. I suggested writing them specifically for the devices that they will use. But some clever folks are still thinking they’re going to write one generic app that works for everything. They think if they do this that, if they switch devices, they can just swap the new devices in. Here are two more considerations.
These days, a criterion of looking for a new LIMS, ELN or LES is more and more commonly that it have mobile capabilities or some other mobile factor. More customers are looking for this. Yet, how critical is this on your requirements list?
Recently, I added new features to the blog to help fix a few issues the blog was having but also to provide new features to allow easier subscription to posts and comments and better notifications, overall. Today, I have removed all those features. They didn’t work quite as expected plus created some unexpected consequences. Now, we’re back to the old notification features.
Over time, many systems, despite strong procedures and practices, end up with portions that are convoluted or messy, in one way or another. I see plenty of opportunities where customers could get in and rewrite some code to make it cleaner and easier-to-manage. I’ve written about this, before. And, as before, I think we all acknolwedge that this is a tricky business because, first off, everyone is already too busy to do this and, secondly, it could introduce other problems. But we’re seeing a growing trend in this that I specifically want to talk about: Version 7 LabWare LIMS upgrades.
Most of us consultants probably can tell at least one story where database backup (or lack thereof) plays an important part in a sad story of an implementation that’s gone off-track.
Reporting from the systems we use, the LIMS, LIS, ELN and such, is challenging. Getting data onto a report and in a format that meets the users needs or for regulatory purposes, is not trivial. Today, I will give you three high-level tips on how to get that data out and in a usable format. A lot of your reporting success or failure will depends on the tools you are using, too, of course.
Dealing with unprintable characters is fine when you’re doing it on-purpose but, otherwise, I have just one thing to say about them.
One past issue with this blog is that people reading it would occasionally like to subscribe to the comments. When they subscribed to the comments, they never received notifications of new comments.
And yet again, for the third year in a row, GeoMetrick Enterprises has been given an award from GHP (Global Health & Pharma) magazine. This year, in the Biotechnology Awards 2018, the award is for “Best Laboratory Software Implementation Company – Midwest USA”: GHP Magazine’s Biotechnology Awards 2018 GeoMetrick Enterprises’ Individual Award Listing Gloria Metrick … Read moreGeoMetrick Enterprises Wins Global Health & Pharma Award, Yet Again!
I might have mentioned this but one of the tasks I’ve been doing quite a bit of, this year, is sitting in for missing LIMS system admins. For example, when someone’s LIMS System Admin leaves and you need someone to fill the gap – that would be me doing the filling.