As 2023 reaches its conclusion, I’ve spent time revisiting the large volume of content pieces and critical insights that our industry experts here at Clarkston have produced this past year. Below, I’ve spotlighted a select handful of pieces that show our top quality and LIMS insights for 2023. From exploring benefits of LIMS AMS to learning about quality system maturity assessments, these pieces shed light on major industry characteristics and updates from this year. For all our 2023 quality and LIMS insights, you can read more here.
Top 9 Quality + LIMS Insights From 2023
1. Best Practices for Managing the Complexity of LIMS Master Data
Laboratory facilities utilizing a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) input a personalized level of master data based on their different process areas and long-term business goals. Determining the desired level of complexity is a crucial step of LIMS implementation so your company can be prepared to manage that master data. In this piece, Michael Lanewala and Tina Yauger outline five best practices for managing LIMS complexity.
2. Upgrading a LIMS System from LabWare 7 to LabWare 8
LIMS LabWare 7 can now be upgraded to the LabWare 8 software, which offers advancements in technology and performance. However, updating any large data system is a significant investment for time, cost, and other variables. In this piece, Tina Yauger lays out what you should consider before upgrading your LIMS system to encourage an efficient, cost-effective software change.
3. Quality Systems Investments and MVP3: Minimum Viable Product, Project, and Players
Quality system investments should be a well-implemented means for managing and securely storing data, but that’s not always the case. Many users have common frustrations, such as difficulties with user adoption. In this piece, Irene Birbeck explains some of those common frustrations that our clients have with their existing quality systems and how the Minimum Viable Product, Project, and Players (MVP3) approach can enhance the quality management experience.
4. Five Benefits of LIMS AMS
A LIMS is a long-term investment that requires development and maintenance over time. Many companies depend on Application Managed Services (AMS) to handle these responsibilities, which can help to save time, resources, and headache. In this piece, Michael Lanewala explores the benefits of implementing a LIMS AMS for system support, application changes, and general management.
5. Five Steps for Process Mapping in Quality
An understanding of how your company’s quality system works is critical for finding areas for improvement and opportunities for innovation. Process mapping is an efficient strategy for outlining all steps that a process follows to get a clear picture. In this piece, Susan Shockey details how process mapping can help to identify places for potential quality system improvement in a streamlined manner.
6. Benefits of Moving Your LIMS to the Cloud
A multitude of industries, including the life sciences industry, are shifting more toward cloud-based technology. A LIMS that is based in the cloud allows for data to be accessed from anywhere at any time and offers improved information security. In this piece, Tina Yauger outlines the benefits of using cloud computing to enhance your experience with LIMS and to access your data even more reliably than previously possible.
7. Conducting a Quality System Maturity Assessment
To make sure that you’re getting the most out of your business’s quality investment, the quality system’s maturity can indicate if you are in a state of innovation and control or not. Maturity should be regularly assessed to ensure that you can handle errors and promote system growth. In this piece, Azmat Shah and Susan Shockey lay out the steps to determine your quality system’s maturity and how to use that understanding to your company’s advantage.
8. Four Considerations for LIMS Data Migration
When implementing a new or updated data management system, companies must choose how they want to adapt existing records and data to the new system. Companies switching to a LIMS must individually determine how much, if any, old data they would like to migrate to the new set up. In this piece, Michael Lanewala explores key considerations to make when deciding if already existing data should be uploaded to a new or updated LIMS.
9. Leveraging a LIMS Solution for Cell and Gene Therapy Data Management
Cell and gene therapy research is very extensive and precise, and effective data management is key for accurately tracking and analyzing results. A LIMS can be an effective solution for handling raw big data from scientific instruments and generating an accurate analysis. In this piece, Tina Yauger highlights the opportunity for LIMS integration into cell and gene therapy research.
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