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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

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

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

Informatics Systems: A Serving of Alphabet Soup

Depending on how long you have been working in the Lab Informatics industry, you may have noticed that the list of acronyms is endless; or at least it feels that way! Through this multi-part blog series, we will attempt to explain the most common acronyms. What is a LIMS? LIMS stands for Laboratory Information Management… Read More