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LABORATORY INFORMATICS g


languages and with different in-house practices and protocols.’ Helping firms configure and install


informatics software systems to work in an existing LIMS infrastructure and help automate experimental design and recording, data capture and analysis, is largely a matter of getting the right people on board, Brown said. ‘It’s a change management issue in many cases, which is sometimes harder than physical technical implementation.’ Software vendors stress the importance


of working with customers to develop and fine-tune new generations of LIMS and other laboratory software that will drive laboratory efficiency and proficiency. Exchanging experiences can be a valuable part of deriving the most from both established and new informatics releases. LabWare will be hosting six major annual Customer Education Conferences (CECs) this year, to cover its European, North American, Asia Pacific, South American, Chinese and African markets. The conferences, which attracts more than 1,500 LabWare LIMS/ELN delegates, are an ideal forum for customers to top up training and knowledge about LabWare products and services, gain expertise, and network with hundreds of users across different industries, to compare experiences using a common LabWare LIMS and ELN platform, said Graham Langrish, sales manager for life sciences.


Cross-fertilisation of ideas ‘The LabWare, LIMS and ELN solution is a single, holistic enterprise laboratory platform that can be equally applied across multiple industries and disciplines. While we run industry-focused sessions at the CECs to provide users with specialist knowledge and updates, the meetings also provide an ideal networking opportunity for users across industrial sectors. From pharma and biobanking, to contract labs and the water industry, laboratories across different industries often have very similar workflow issues. The CECs encourage a cross-fertilisation of ideas, problem solving and optimisation.’ The LabWare 7 platform comprises


LIMS, ELN, Laboratory Execution System (LES) and instrument interfacing that work together as a single integrated, configurable enterprise solution that provides all the functionality of these common platforms, combined with required flexibility and the assurance of regulatory data integrity and security, claims John Gabathuler, the firm’s industry and environment director. ‘As an enterprise system, LabWare provides a comprehensive single standard product


18 Scientific Computing World April/May 2019


 A synthetic chemistry ELN capture template from Dotmatics


“It’s simply not feasible to rip and replace, so digital transformation must be relevant to established, multi-vendor-installed brownfield sites”


suite that applies across industries, meaning that our customers can significantly reduce their scientific software landscape by minimising the number of applications and number of integrations.’ The software is regularly updated with


enhancements, and new functionality incrementally as laboratory business, technology, integration and compliance requirements evolve. ‘We undertake a continuous cycle of innovation and development, in conjunction with our customer base and close contact with the market,’ Gabathuler states. ‘This allows us to add in solutions for managing and running ever-more complex, and less structured workflows, both in specific industries, and across industries, for example in the bioanalytical sector.’


Preconfigured solution templates The LabWare Enterprise Platform offers diverse functionality preconfigured into what Langrish calls industry solution templates, and component solutions. These make it easy to configure the system for the more typical workflows, such as environmental monitoring or stabilities studies, which may span different industries. Industry solutions


are also provided for parallel, but non- workflow-related activities. ‘Consider label printing, for example,’ Langrish said. ‘Many laboratories across industries need to be able to print a wide range of barcode labels, but not all LIMS and ELNs provide that capability, and the customer will commonly have to purchase and integrate additional software. We have a suitable industry component solution that allows customers to save time and obtain a better standard solution out of the box.’ The LabWare platform is flexible and


versatile to allow customers to leverage as much, or as little, of the standard and supported content as they require, Gabathuler continues. ‘It also provides customers with a seamless process for benefiting from new capabilities and functionality when it’s time for their laboratories to expand or diversify. This is equally applicable when an organisation deploys to additional sites, or newly acquired businesses with laboratories carrying out different types of workflows, such as extending out into R&D. The labs themselves can readily incorporate more of LabWare LIMS and ELNs’ standard functionality to manage new laboratory workflows, and simplify operation using LabWare Visual Workflows.’ Continual improvements to the


platform mean changes or upgrades are incremental, and largely non-disruptive, Langrish suggests, adding that he wants to improve business functionality, and provide for the complexity of bioanalytical labs. The current iteration, LabWare 7, has more than 500 enhancements when compared with the previous version.


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