Is your LabWare implementation giving you headaches? Upgrading to LabWare 7 is a great opportunity to take advantage of a trove of new features and evaluate what LIMS can do for your lab. Do any of these problems sound familiar to you?
Do you have trouble visualizing what is going on in your lab? LabWare has made significant updates to its visual workflows including a new designer, support for Highcharts, and searchable tables. Upgrading would be a great opportunity to take stock and optimize your current workflows or create new ones so you aren’t constantly hunting around for menus and reports. We are seeing more labs move to a dashboard approach to make accomplishing everyday tasks easy and less time-consuming.
LabWare 7 now compiles all of its LIMS Basic which means code runs faster, especially complex tasks that run over and over again. An upgrade is also a great time to evaluate your database and make preemptive changes to avoid future performance issues.
EVERYBODY has heard this at some point! A whole new set of developer and debugger tools have been introduced allowing LabWare LIMS admins to spend less time finding and solving issues. Also we have seen the use of advanced error logging features accurately record problems so a vague IT ticket doesn’t turn into a back and forth wasting valuable lab and support time.
With WebLIMS integrated right into the application, it’s no longer an uphill battle setting up LabWare LIMS to run through a web browser. Upgrading can be the perfect opportunity for you to bring your data to as many devices as possible while reducing the strain on IT.
With new options such as Rules Manager and integrated Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN), routine and sometimes complex tasks like logging samples and importing results from instruments can be controlled at the bench level so errors don’t happen in the first place. Working directly with the lab staff is the best way to define these processes and we have found that the best practice when implementing these changes is to utilize resources with first-hand lab experience as well as LabWare LIMS expertise.
How many tasks require you go digging into menus and toolbars to accomplish a seemingly simple process? Training can be a nightmare when doing the simplest thing is not readily apparent to a new user. Combining useful tools like folder manager with integrated visual workflows can provide an aesthetically pleasing interface while guiding new users with easier to use options.
So how does your lab stack up with these common problems? Do you think your lab would benefit from reevaluating and ultimately upgrading your LabWare system?