As discussed in Part 1, the most important decision for laboratories today is whether to move their LIMS to the cloud. Part 2 will discuss the advantages of transferring your LIMS to the cloud and implementing a subscription-based SaaS solution.
Promoting collaboration between laboratories, cloud-based LIMS allows ease of access to data wherever and whenever. Lab staff can access data and workflows in locations with an internet connection, using mobile apps on smartphones and tablets.
The SaaS LIMS service provider is responsible for all essential software, along with security updates and patches that ensure that the system is up-to-date and protected. As a result, IT personnel can focus on lab projects, increasing company value.
Cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions can be integrated with a SaaS LIMS. These can be acquired without a significant upfront payment, and organizations of every size can protect their most valuable asset, its data.
Even small companies can have enterprise capabilities on an affordable subscription-based model with this cloud-based SaaS solution. This allows labs of all sizes to run their own LIMS, while remaining agile and flexible with the ability to scale.
Patient medical information can be protected as mandated by HIPAA guidelines. SaaS LIMS vendors can provide encryption and HIPAA compliance on the cloud.
Companies with user demand that undergo wide fluctuations can benefit. Scaling up or down is possible with a cloud-based SaaS solution, making your laboratory more competitive.
SaaS LIMS services can be installed reasonably cost-wise, and they come without license fees or IT maintenance costs. Installations can be fast because purchasing on-premise servers for software or data won’t be necessary.
Cloud-based data storage has proven itself to be very reliable and safe. Numerous financial organizations have made the transition to the cloud. SaaS LIMS providers can fully encrypt data, which is stored and can only be accessed with a secure login.
Alpha Engineering Associates, Inc. has been involved with the implementation of over 50 LIMS systems ranging in size from small, “off-the-shelf” software systems to very large, highly customized, multi-functional systems, including STARLIMS, for both governmental agencies and private enterprises. For affordable client-focused network consulting services and solutions, please call Alpha Engineering Associates today at (410) 295-9500.