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Data Integrity – What are the Biggest Challenges

Original Article posted on Technology Networks, February 1, 2019 by: Ruairi J MacKenzie Community: Informatics  |  Article # 314887 Ensuring that data is reliable, reproducible, and therefore valuable means companies in both regulated and non-regulated spaces must keep data integrity at the heart of their informatics operations. Laboratory informatics consultants CSols, Inc. has been teaching their clients data integrity best practices […] Read More…
February 5, 2019  |  Tags: , ,

ELN, LIMS, CDS, LES: What’s the Difference?

Original Article posted on Technology Networks, January 11, 2019 by: Ruairi J MacKenzie Community: Informatics  |  Article # 313834 Handling large amounts of data isn’t easy. Different formats and compatibilities can make keeping track of all the information your organization produces a gargantuan task. Luckily, there are a host of informatics systems available to help you with that task. […] Read More…
January 11, 2019  |  Tags: , , , ,

Is SAP the only system you need to operate your Lab?

Original Article posted on The Analytical Scientist, September 25, 2017 Article #303  |  Issue # 0917 One App to Rule Them All – A Lord of the Rings Parody One by one the Applications of the Enterprise fell to the power of SAPron. Some resisted; a last alliance of Lab Analysts, Product Vendors and Research Scientists fought […] Read More…
October 2, 2017  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

New Data Integrity Draft Guidance – Are You Ready?

Original Article posted on The Institute of Validation Technology, June 9, 2017 The move to electronic data collection, analysis, storage, and reporting continues to grow in the pharmaceutical and life science industries.  Software is becoming more robust with features and functionality enabling labs to become more paperless.  But, regardless of where you are on your quest […] Read More…
July 6, 2017  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

Icebergs Ahead

Original Article posted on The Analytical Scientist, June 21, 2016 Article #501  |  Issue # 0616   Are you ready for the “unthinkable” – your laboratory computer systems suffering a titanic failure? Disaster recovery plans are crucial insurance against the unexpected. Google’s self-reported 99.984 percent uptime and the non-existent interruptions claimed by other major providers encourage us […] Read More…
July 12, 2016  |  Tags: , , , , ,

Chromatography Data System Integration

Original Article posted on LabManager, December 08, 2015 Volume 10, Issue 11 | Ask The Expert   Michael Barkan is a senior informatics consultant at CSols Inc., a North American laboratory informatics consultancy with offices in Canada and the US. Previously, he worked for Johnson & Johnson in global laboratory systems for 21 years, where he was the […] Read More…
December 14, 2015  |  Tags: ,

CSR in Context

Original Article posted on The Analytical Scientist, July 20, 2015 Article #304  |  Issue # 0715   Staying Ahead of the Curve: How Corporate Social Responsibility Can Help your Lab and your Bottom Line. How much value do you put on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in your laboratory? Read this and you may change your mind… While […] Read More…
August 3, 2015  |  Tags: , ,

How to Win at LIMS

Original Article posted on The Analytical Scientist, February 23, 2015 Article #305  |  Issue # 0215   Successful LIMS Implementation: It’s not as Easy as Selecting the “Right” Piece of Software. As a laboratory informatics consultant working within analytical science, I am exposed continuously to new products, clients, and laboratory processes. Each and every company I’ve had […] Read More…
March 24, 2015  |  Tags: , , , ,

CSols, Inc. President, Kyle McDuffie, Named a Top Small Business Leader in DE

Original Article posted by Delaware Online, August 17, 2014 Written by: Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal   Kyle McDuffie runs his Christiana-based consulting business, CSols Inc., with a high degree of trust. His management philosophy? Provide employees with the resources they need to succeed, and trust them to get the job done right. And don’t make them […] Read More…
September 2, 2014  |  Tags: , , , ,


To remain competitive in today’s world, all but the smallest of laboratories require an informatics system1,2 to track their samples and analytical results. This typically means selecting between applications referred to as a Laboratory Information Management System3 (LIMS) or an Electronic Laboratory Notebook4 (ELN). As these tend to be complimentary systems, it is important that […] Read More…
January 13, 2014  |  

Acquiring an Informatics System: Where do Consultants Fit In?

Figure 1. Some of the common human factor failure points that knowledgeable consultants can help correct. For the modern laboratory, an informatics system to manage samples and data has become almost a necessity.  Whether a Laboratory Information Management System1 (LIMS) or an Electronic Laboratory Notebook2 (ELN), very few laboratories can effectively operate without them.  This […] Read More…
January 12, 2014  |  Tags: ,

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