Getting and Delivering Laboratory Informatics Information

Information delivery is an issue because we all need to get the right information at the right time. People have many different preferences, so it is not easy to reach a majority of people with any information delivery system for each situation. In fact, I think it is such an important issue, this month’s newsletter happened to be on this same topic (but with a slightly different focus) (http://www.geometrick.com/newsltr_signup.htm).

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The LIMS Donkey: No Small Screens, Here!

Last year, a topic came up in one of the discussion groups I belong to entitled something like, “Are You Still a Donkey?” I finally gave in to my curiosity and opened it up to read. As it turns out, it was basically asking if members of the group continued to be donkeys by lugging around their laptops, suggesting it to be a somewhat old-fashioned thing to do, to lug around something so heavy and ungainly. The alternatives were things like BlackBerrys and iPhones, for example.

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Prioritize – Or Else!

To my customers and in my previous articles, I keep telling people that you cannot skip the prioritization step. Nothing goes without a priority. For example, whether someone is doing a product selection process or maybe they’re getting new features in an already-existing system – in either case, people sometimes refuse to prioritize the requested features because they say “it’s all important.”

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Starting Your Own Laboratory Informatics Business

Each New Year, a number of people will contact me to see what it’s like to start their own business. It could be part of their efforts to start something new, to find something that fits their own goals, or to create their own empire. Knowing that I’ve been running GeoMetrick Enterprises since 1996, there are always those that are interested to hear what it’s going to take. Since I now have the blog and since the year is still kind of “new,” I’ll just post some thoughts, here, and then those of you that are wondering about this will have something to start you off. Some of my comments apply to any business in our industry, but all of them apply to the services end of the business.

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