One of our past blogs entitled “Top 5 LIMS and LIMS Consulting Myths – Busted!” was met with great enthusiasm. Interestingly, several of the comments on this blog pointed out other LIMS myths and misconceptions. After reviewing these and taking stock with several of my fellow lab informatics aficionados, we have decided to revisit this topic and present here several more LIMS myths that deserve public busting.
Virtually every corner of our life is touched by ISO standards. What began as a method for standardizing weights and measures has evolved into both a philosophy and a series of processes that maintain quality in just about everything we encounter on a day to day basis. Our health and safety, the food we eat, the cars we drive, the toys our children play with, the medical devices at the local hospital, the environment around us — they are all impacted in one way or another by the governing principle behind ISO: maintaining the reliability and efficiency of products and services in our lives.
The first webinar in this series introduced the subject of laboratory informatics, comparing the use of ELN, LIMS, LES, SDMS and instrument data systems in different laboratory settings. The second looked at how you can evaluate the Return on Investment in those technologies. The next session - Webinar 3 - will look at technology planning and education, and more specifically, how you can gain the benefits expected from your investment in informatics technologies. Effective planning, by people with a good understanding of laboratory technologies, is one of the key points in successfully applying informatics technologies to laboratory work. Most failures can be traced back to insufficient planning efforts.
In order to remain competitive, modern scientific enterprises are facing increased pressure to improve operational efficiency, enhance innovation and reduce compliance risk. From system requirements to system design, companies are using workflow analysis to reduce the cost of their projects, optimize project design, and align project outcomes with business goals. In this webinar, we will focus on the specific application of business process analysis for the purpose of analyzing current (AS-IS) states and the development of future (TO-BE) state models that focus on process improvement, whether augmented by technology or not, and we will describe the discrete steps required to transform future state workflow diagrams into optimized plans for identifying requirements that are laser-focused on specific business needs.
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