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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What Happened to Phase 2 of your LIMS Implementation?

It’s a funny thing but if you ask anyone who has been involved in the LIMS industry for any length of time, they will uniformly agree that Phase 2 of LIMS implementation projects rarely, if ever, come to fruition. Is this because breaking a LIMS implementation into multiple phases is wrong? Not really. There are perfectly… Read More

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Justifying a LIMS: The Two Q’s

So you have decided that your organization really needs a LIMS and you have convinced your department head that this is the case.  However, in order to proceed, you need to secure funding for the LIMS which can be quite pricey depending on your needs and the number of users.  Your management has asked you… Read More

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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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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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