In all these posts about the end of my job, some of you might be surprised that I’m only now writing about the LIMS. Me, too. U of M runs the LVS Biobanking solution which I knew before I had an inkling I would work there so I guarantee I’m not passing along any secrets, here. It was easy enough to see from reading people’s LinkedIn profiles so they’re not keeping it a secret.
Someone e-mailed me, yesterday, and asked if I’d heard the news about CoreLIMS and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Of course, I hadn’t, because I no longer keep up with this type of news. Even so, I had my first guess what the news must be.
As I occasionally like to do, today’s post is based on a search that brought someone to this blog. Today’s blog has to do with the search phrase “difference between lims and sample manager”.
For those of you reading this blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that my business specializes in the Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS and the LabWare LIMS. In the past year or so, I have started expanding, somewhat. After all, we eventually all need to learn something new unless we find some comfortable niche where there is a need with not enough competition and that doesn’t describe these products. There are more people looking for implementation work than there are projects, most of the time.
I’m a bit loose in my references to Thermo Fisher Scientific. I sometimes refer to them merely as “Thermo” which is what many people tend to do to company names – to shorten them as much as possible. However, since I do use their name in written communications, I need to stop doing that.
A number of the software vendors in the laboratory informatics industry provide partner programs for the services companies that have an interest in their products. Each vendor that provides these types of programs provides a different variety of programs focused on different types of relationships. As such, the word “partner” means something entirely different depending on WHOSE program it is and on WHICH program it is.
More companies in our space are starting to discover some of the newer tools and ways to get in-touch with the rest of us. While this is the venue of the small company, some of the big companies are starting to discover these tools, as well.
People will sometimes ask me what my favorite product is within a laboratory informatics category and they most frequently ask what my favorite LIMS is.