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PITTCON 2014: A Review, New Items, and the Future

PITTCON was held in Chicago, IL this March 2014 and has always been an event that CSols participates in, no discussion needed; and it’s easy to see why. PITTCON is an annual conference and tradeshow that brings in thousands of analytical scientists of all levels and fills their week with a multitude of activities. Aside… Read More

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The Best LIMS – Revealed!

It’s the question of the ages and one, as Informatics Experts, we hear all the time, “What is the Best LIMS?” The customer is sometimes frantic. Sometimes they try and pull the “Barbara Walters” signature phrase, “Just between you and me…” they plead. They might even beg. Well, finally after all this time, we are… Read More

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Informatics & The Cloud

The buzz surrounding Cloud Computing has been going on for quite a while.  Everyone knows that Cloud Computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) has tangible advantages and benefits. These are not just monetary, like lowering IT costs and reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), but also include increasing business agility, computing power and storage capacity as wells… Read More

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First-to-File Patents: Do we still need an ELN?

President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) into law in September of 2011. This affected many sections of the existing U.S. patent statutes, the most talked about being the shift from a first-to-invent patent system to a first-to-file system. The first-to-file patent system went into effect in March of 2013. In the “old… Read More

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Software Customization vs. Configuration

This is an age-old question right behind “Which came first: The chicken or the egg?” Ok maybe not, but it is one of the most asked questions within Laboratory Informatics. Customization requires a developer to make changes to code whereas configuration is changing settings – even when they are very in depth. Many solutions offer… Read More

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