Laboratory Informatics Blog

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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Avoiding Virtual Data Silos

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Decoupling data inputs from their isolated sources continues to be challenging for organizations. Data silos not only hinder organizational collaboration and decision making but also undermine an organization’s ability to unlock the potential of its most precious resource—its data. Advancements like cloud computing, platforms, and blockchain are giving most organizations the tools to transition away from… Read More

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Informatics Systems: A Serving of Alphabet Soup

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Depending on how long you have been working in the lab informatics industry, you may have noticed that the list of acronyms feels almost endless. Since this blog was first written more than 10 years ago, that list of acronyms has only grown. This blog post updates the original list to provide insight into an… Read More

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Informatics and the Cloud

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The buzz surrounding cloud computing for informatics applications continues. Everyone is aware of the many advantages and benefits offered by cloud computing (software, infrastructure, or platform as a service—SaaS, IaaS, PaaS). These are not just monetary, like lowering IT costs and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO), but also include increasing business agility, computing power,… Read More

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Overcoming Challenges in Requirements Gathering

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It is impossible to overstate the importance of thoroughly gathering requirements for the success of an implementation project. Although that seems like hyperbole, unfortunately, it is not. When difficulties arise in a lab informatics or enterprise system implementation, it is almost always because of incomplete requirements gathering or a failure to understand the underlying workflows… Read More

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AI in a Research and Development Lab: Are We There Yet?

AI in a Research and Development Lab: Are We There Yet?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term we see and hear a lot nowadays; you could say it’s trending and becoming a household term. It is associated with the things surrounding us daily: home electronics, cars, public transportation, shopping, and more. This term is inclusive and encompasses intelligent products designed to make our lives easier and… Read More

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