Evaluating Legacy LIMS Software Part 1: Re-engineering Your System
The first laboratory information management systems (LIMS) were designed as simple tracking tools that enabled systematic control of workflows in regulated laboratories. More recently, LIMS software has evolved into something more akin to an enterprise resource planning tool for the lab that has the ability to manage many different aspects of operations across the full data lifecycle – resource management/scheduling, assay data management, data mining, data analysis, case-centric clinical data, and electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) integration.
Because of today’s rapidly changing business environment, many scientific and R&D-oriented companies find themselves in a situation where their legacy LIMS software struggles to meet business needs. Whether due to increases in data volume, regulatory constraints, M&As, globalization, outsourcing, or a myriad of other reasons, the reality is that many legacy systems are becoming extremely costly to manage and are not able to adequately address changing business requirements. The improved functionality and flexibility inherent in modern COTS systems creants a powerful incentive for these companies to explore the possibility of replacing a legacy system with a new commercial LIMS.
Replacing an aging or legacy LIMS software is no small matter…