Most of us in the laboratory informatics industry end up working on projects that aren’t close to home. I’m mainly talking about the area of services I work with, which are product selection, requirements gathering, and implementation services, such as configuration/customization. While I occasionally run into people who are getting local work, they’re the minority.
One of the great myths of our industry is that you MUST use services from your software vendor. If that were true, none of the rest of us providing services would exist.
In yesterday’s post, I wrote a little about why your project might pay more for services from your preferred vendor than you would find is the market rate.
On the LIMS/Laboratory Informatics group (http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/36640/6A50095E87BA ), we’ve been having a rousing discussion on what is basically “SAP QM Versus Traditional LIMS.” Many good points have come out of that discussion. One thing that we only touched-on, though, was the issue of services.