Because of today’s rapidly changing business environment, many companies find themselves in a situation where their legacy LIMS struggles to meet business needs. Whether due to increases in data volume, regulatory constraints, M&As, globalization, outsourcing, or a myriad of other reasons, the reality is that many legacy systems are becoming extremely costly to manage and are not able to adequately address changing business requirements. The improved functionality and flexibility inherent in modern COTS systems creates a powerful incentive for these companies to explore the possibility of replacing a legacy system with a new commercial LIMS.
The important question to answer before embarking on a LIMS migration project is: Do you really need to do it? Is a LIMS migration your best option, or would simply reworking your current system provide the best risk/reward ratio? Before initiating a LIMS migration, it is important to conduct a thorough analysis of the options.
The Astrix LIMS Migration Assessment™ is designed to analyze the risk/reward ratio for a LIMS migration or version upgrade, versus a re-architecting/re-engineering of your current system. Avoiding a technology selection process and complicated LIMS migration may be the best option in some cases, especially when the issues with the current system are simply the result of the fact that it was not implemented properly.
To determine the best path forward, there are many factors that need to be considered, and a number of questions that need to be understood and answered as part of the analysis. Some of these include:
- What business problems are driving the desire to explore a new system?
- What is the optimal future-state for the laboratory environment?
- What is the budget and resources that can be committed towards the project at this time?
- What are the full range of out-of-the-box capabilities of the latest version of the current system? Can legacy “custom” functionality be replaced with “out-of-the-box” functionality.
- How will legacy data be handled?
- What are the validation impacts?
The Astrix LIMS Migration Assessment™ evaluates these factors and more to determine the best course of action for your organization. Is re-architecting and reconfiguring your current system the best option, or do the rewards of a migration to a new system outweigh the effort involved in migrating the data and retraining users? At the conclusion of the Assessment, a comprehensive report analyzing the risk/reward ratio for each option is delivered to the customer.
Astrix informatics consultants have successfully demonstrated the use of industry wide best practices in the evaluation of work processes, functional and technical requirements, laboratory processes and informatics solution options for hundreds of clients and tens of thousands of scientists in a wide range of industries. Our knowledge of different laboratory information systems (LIMS, ELN, LES, SDMS, CDS, etc.), industry experience, and scientific and laboratory domain expertise makes us uniquely qualified to provide these assessment services.
Our professionals apply the knowledge and experience gained from hundreds of successful and diverse LIMS projects to help your organization determine the best path forward. Whether your project involves reworking your legacy system, performing a version upgrade or undertaking a LIMS migration, our professionals apply a comprehensive methodology to ensure your project maximizes business value for your organization.
If you would like to learn more about our LIMS Migration Assessment™, or if you would like to have an initial, no obligations consultation with an Astrix informatics expert to explore how to optimize your laboratory informatics strategy, please feel free to contact us.