Laboratory Informatics software is continually evolving to make use of new technology, which in turn has generated an increased need for a “bridge” between IT, lab informatics developers, and stakeholders (scientists, technicians, managers, etc.). The “bridge” in this environment is a Lab Informatics Business Analyst. So what exactly is a Business Analyst (BA)? A business analyst, as defined by Wikipedia, is an individual practicing the research discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. Based on that definition, let’s explore how a lab informatics BA can be beneficial to your organization and its pending laboratory informatics projects?
A lab informatics Business Analyst will possess prior laboratory, IT, and laboratory informatics software expertise. They are able to articulate the requirements between departments so that they are understood by all.
Stakeholders often wear multiple hats such that your lab informatics project may not be their main focus at all times.
There are many causes for why a Laboratory Informatics project can fail, but the main reasons are due to:
Adding a Lab Informatics Business Analyst to your project can mitigate these risks since they will play the role of facilitator. The BA can help define what needs to be done, who and what is needed, and the effort involved.
At first glance, one would think that by adding a Lab Informatics Business Analyst to a project, it would increase costs. While this may be true from a cost perspective when you look at ROI, the value and return that a Lab Informatics BA brings to the equation far outweighs the investment. For example:
If you are questioning how a Laboratory Informatics (LIMS, ELN, LES, etc.) Business Analyst will provide the most value for your next laboratory informatics project, ensure that the BA has a scientific background, IT knowledge, and hands-on experience and expertise in the laboratory informatics software you are implementing or enhancing. Effective communication, writing, problem-solving skills, and industry and domain knowledge are all qualities a good Lab Informatics Business Analyst should possess. Adding a Lab Informatics BA with these skills to your resources will help ensure the success of your project.
Thinking of your past lab informatics projects, would it have been beneficial having a lab informatics BA on the project? Are you considering using a lab informatics BA for your next project?