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Welcome to the CSols blog. Stop by often to learn what CSols experts — the industry’s most trusted advisors — have to say about current laboratory informatics topics. We post about twice a month on subjects ranging from high-level overviews to detailed, technical explanations.

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Find Your Informatics Match ❤️

Find Your Informatics Match with this Infographic

The early part of February has conditioned us all to celebrate finding our perfect match. But if you haven’t found a match, this time of year can be hard. If you’re reading this, we’re going to assume that you’re here looking for your laboratory informatics match. In today’s world, we have many options for finding… Read More

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Future Advances in LIMS and ELN Technology

Future Direction of LIMS

The human construct of time provides us with a frame of reference for discussing a sequence of events. It helps our consciousness make sense of the physical world around us. In some schools of thought, the future doesn’t exist. As scientists, engineers, and laboratory informatics professionals, however, it’s your job to plan for the future,… Read More

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What Is the Value of a LIMS?

LIMS Elephant Cloud

People have been asking, “What is a LIMS?,” practically since LIMS was invented. (We’ve asked it ourselves!) In 1998, Dr. Alan McLelland of the Institute of Biochemistry, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, penned his famous—at least in informatics circles—essay offering four viewpoints on this question; those of the analytical staff, the laboratory manager, the IT group, and… Read More

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Disaster Recovery Plans for Your LIMS or ELN

Disaster Recovery

Imagine…historic rainfalls flood your production facility and its lab, while knocking out power for miles around. Your analytical equipment is ruined. Your server is under water. Or, wildfires ignite suddenly after a lightning strike or car accident. The fires spread rapidly. Lab personnel have just enough time to escape with what they can carry. Your… Read More

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Agile Development in Laboratory Informatics

LIMS & Agile Methodology

Agile development is one of those buzzwords that you’ve heard a lot if you’ve spent any time at all in the business world. Like Lean Six Sigma, it’s one of those secret handshake-type terms that will have everyone nodding in recognition, even if they’re not really sure what it’s about. But in laboratory informatics—particularly in… Read More

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