COTS – Should it Be Treated Like Custom Development?

The other day, I made a posting about custom software development. With the continuation of high project failures in the laboratory informatics industry, one might wonder if one of the factors is lack of control over our projects. Thus, some might ask this question: Should COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) projects be treated like custom software development projects?

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Shifting the Blame

Each group in our laboratory informatics industry shifts the blame to other groups for the problems in our industry. The software vendors like to point out that it’s the consultants who cause the problems, the consultants point back to the software vendors, and each group secretly talks about how customers don’t take enough responsibility for their problems. Additionally, the ELN people blame the LIMS people who blame the ELN people right back.

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Last Night’s Laboratory Informatics Meeting: Why it Isn’t “News”

I haven’t heard back on it, yet, but I expect that the LRIG NE (Laboratory Robotics Interest Group – New England) (http://lab-robotics.org/New_England/Archives/2010-04_Meeting.htm) and Boston LIMS/Laboratory Informatics (http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/36640/6A50095E87BA) meeting went well. 152 people had pre-registered when they had to close registration down due to a space limitation. I don’t know that any of us expected to max-out the room, but I’m glad to hear that it happened.

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February 10th, 2010 Meeting Cancellation

The joint meeting between LRIG NE (Laboratory Robotics Interest Group: New England) and the Boston LIMS/Laboratory Informatics group has been canceled due to a Winter storm. We will reschedule it, so watch this space for it. This was the last notice for the meeting, in case you are interested in attending when it is rescheduled: http://outonalims.com/2010/02/05/upcoming-lriglimslaboratory-informatics-boston-meeting/

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