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languages from a single central database. ‘That is what the future is holding for

LabWare; we are saying “more of the same” – we want to be sure that we can address all these things as they come along, and as they become mainstream. Our customers don’t have to worry about things changing in the future,’ added Gabathuler. ‘The whole idea

Within the industry there are a lot of

differences in terms of where vendors are going – some view it as being

purely technology based; others view it primarily platform based

for us is really to be a technology enabler, and we don’t tend to be concerned too much with how it is going to be deployed.’ Langrish pointed out that, although the

A laboratory instrument’s functionality can be provided through the cloud, and linked to a LIMS ➤

customers are further ahead for sure; they have invested in cloud infrastructures – both private and public – and are up and running. Others have done nothing to date but the trend is that everyone is now on the road to cloud services.’ Nonetheless, concerns remain as to the

true value of cloud for informatics. Some companies do not wish to use cloud, or are situated where infrastructure cannot support cloud informatics on a large scale. An example of this could be an area with low bandwidth where the speed of the system could be compromised when using large data sets. Rather than making a sweeping statement

that cloud and mobile deployment is right for every user, LabWare has chosen to take a more measured approach. That is not to say that they do not offer a particular underlying technology – quite the opposite; LabWare positions itself across the breadth of laboratory informatics deployments options, offering everything from in-house self-hosted systems to cloud, and remote desktop methods for its LabWare suite of applications, whether ELN or LIMS based. It is exactly this choice of providing a

‘technology agnostic’ platform that offers customers almost any route to deploying LabWare’s LIMS, which means that the company is not reliant on new technology, so it can adapt as technology inevitably shifts

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Raspberry Pi Zero is an ultra-low-cost variant of the original Raspberry Pi,

specifically designed for prototyping and embedding into projects that require a small amount of computing power

again in the future. Whereas developing a LIMS based around a new technology can be a more risky strategy, LabWare is safe in the knowledge that wherever technology shifts, the company will be able to support its customers in the future. Gabathuler said: ‘LabWare’s track record

is there: have a look at the customers that started with us in 94, 95, 96. They are using the latest technology; they are integrating, linking things together through web services; they are using XML, and they have expanded out to multiple sites using multiple

cloud may be a buzzword used liberally in informatics today, LabWare has been offering cloud solutions for a number of years. He said: ‘I have had several of my major customers hosted in a third-party data centre. For many years, so for all intents and purposes, they are talking to something that sits in the cloud.’ Gabathuler concluded: ‘Within the

industry there are a lot of differences in terms of where vendors are going – some view it as being purely technology based; others view it as primarily platform based. For LabWare, what we are trying to achieve is that all of the customers can meet their requirements, expand their systems, and do that through configuration and not customisation.’ l

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