The Purpose of Lab Systems Integration
Laboratory information solutions are often purchased and implemented piecemeal over time to address specific “hot” issues. The resulting laboratory information network is often inefficient and requires a set of workarounds to manage laboratory data. Typical laboratory issues:

  • Data Silos across the Organization
  • Redundant and/or disconnected Systems
  • Reduced Innovation
  • Lack of IT knowledge / IT Infrastructure

The goal of SciCord’s integration service is to integrate existing information solutions and enable efficient data processes across the organization. SciCord works with your team to catalog your laboratory systems and to understand the underlying work processes. A custom solution is crafted to integrate “best in class” applications cohesively and obtain maximum benefit from your existing investments.

Obstacles of System Integration

  • Creating connections between databases via SQL query
  • Understanding each of the individual systems and having the knowledge to create code to get those systems to interact

SciCord understands the obstacles of Systems Integration and is able to create an integrated Total Lab Informatics Ecosystem. Integrating systems takes quite a bit of know-how in connecting databases using SQL queries or by other means, and unless laboratory personnel has a large amount of IT knowledge or an IT staff with time available, this can be a daunting task. Aside from merely connecting, then IT personnel will need to get the multiple systems to interact with one another, exchanging data and mapping it to the correct locations.

SciCord possesses the knowledge required for Systems Integration and can take the place of an IT department without the bandwidth to complete such tasks. SciCord understands the various systems within a laboratory and is capable of connecting them and having them interact with one another. SciCord is able to achieve this through collaborative evaluation of the current state of all lab informatics systems – applications, information systems, instruments, etc.; and utilizing their extensive experience fitting individual systems together to support the customer’s business objectives.

Systems to Consider Integrating

  • LIMS (Lab Information Management System)
  • ELN (Electronic Lab Notebook)
  • CDS (Chromatography Data System)
  • LES (Laboratory Execution System)
  • Inventory Systems
  • MES (Manufacturing Execution System)
  • CERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)
  • Calendars & Time Management Systems
  • Training Applications
  • Quality Assurance – LIR
  • Workflow Management
  • Document Management System
  • Scientific Data Management Systems
  • Visualization Tools
  • DataMart
  • Metrology
  • Instruments
  • SAP
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Stability
  • Manufacture Batch Records
  • Validation
  • Paper Records/Notebooks
  • Data Repository
  • Archive
  • Specifications / Result Validation
  • Accounting and Financial systems

The Benefits of Lab Systems Integration
Integrating laboratory systems provides maximum automation while retaining control over the laboratory processes. It also streamlines the lab by:

  • Reducing IT-footprint and IT maintenance costs
  • Centralizing data
  • Improving compliance
  • Improving innovation
  • Removing redundant systems

Laboratory Systems Integration is not an easy process, often requiring significant resource investment. In addition, some software vendors may not have built their product with integration in mind, and may present roadblocks a traditional IT integration team struggles to overcome.

SciCord understands this difficulty and removes the burden from the customer. To facilitate the integration process, SciCord provides a “Pilot Program”. The “Pilot” is scoped to demonstrate the benefits of a comprehensive solution and provide the roadmap for a long term partnership.

Contact SciCord to learn more about how systems integration can be implemented in your lab!

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