Making LIMS RFPs Effective

Selecting the right Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for your current and future needs is a nontrivial endeavor.  Learning about LIMS and what particular LIMS solutions provide and support, as well as the capabilities and culture of the prospective LIMS supplier can be done in a myriad of ways.  Personal experience, internet research, advice from… Read More

How to Create Solid User Requirements for a System Application

A laboratory informatics solution (e.g. LIMS, ELN, CDS) is only as strong as the weakest part of its foundation. The foundation for an implementation of a laboratory informatics solution is the user requirements document, generated to identify exactly what the system is intended to do. The requirements document, also known as a User Requirements Specification… Read More

Which came first, the URS or the application?

On just about every Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) or Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) implementation project we have assisted a customer with, this question arises. The answer is very telling as to how the entire implementation will play out. There have been numerous occasions where CSols was brought onto a project late in the game… Read More

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Laboratory Informatics Solution

Laboratory organizations are constantly under pressure to increase their efficiency and effectiveness.  This can generally be driven by shrinking budgets and the need to “do more with less”, weak pipelines and the need to facilitate innovation and discovery, or the changing paradigm of research wherein collaborating with partners has become the norm and the need… Read More