4. What features do I need?
This is a big question that is sometimes difficult to answer, but it is important to understand what your laboratory needs to facilitate the day-to-day processes. Sometimes it helps to walk through the workflow and distill it into each step, then use that to guide the discussion with the LIMS providers to determine if they can provide the features described. Some LIMS providers also have checklists or feature lists on their website or can provide them upon request to help you understand their offering.
A basic feature of any LIMS is to capture results of testing, but what can you do with the results after they are entered? Reporting is a logical next step. Do you need a system that exports the results into another program for reporting purposes, or do you want to take out the middle-man and create reports directly from LIMS? If the latter, will the LIMS allow integration of information throughout the system in order to create the report you need?
Check out Wavefront’s LIMS Requirements Checklist for more guidance on identifying what features you may need for your new LIMS.
LIMS Requirements Checklist