By Robert Walla, Principal, Astrix Technology Group
The modern laboratory produces vast amounts of data from a wide variety of sources that are too often not integrated. With the advent of high throughput technologies, both the quality and quantity of information is increasing dramatically. At the same time, R&D partnerships continue to increase, with data flowing increasingly across organizational boundaries. Taken together, these trends contribute to significant data management challenges for both small and large organizations alike. One of the most common methods for managing these challenges is to implement a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) as a way to automate the business processes and data capture associated with laboratory workflows.