SampleManager LIMS 9.0
1 September 2006
Thermo Electron has introduced SampleManager LIMS 9.0, an updated version of its flagship laboratory information management system (LIMS) for global enterprises. SampleManager 9.0 is built on the Microsoft.NET platform, incorporates a Service Oriented Architecture, features an all-new, thoroughly modern user interface and introduces enhanced functionality.
In addition to the changes made to 9.0, Thermo will also build industry- and application-specific functionality into SampleManager’s core to reduce customisation for industrial labs. Purpose-built functionality and workflows will be offered as standard to increase efficiencies and productivity in industries long-served by SampleManager – petrochemical, chemical, and mining, among others. This commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) approach significantly reduces the risks and costs associated with customised implementations, maintenance and upgrades, and, for regulated industries, the cost of validating the system.
SampleManager was re-engineered to adopt .NET, a high-performance framework with great desktop integration, enabling users to easily extend the core system using industry-standard tools.
Because the client is based on .NET, SampleManager will support Microsoft’s open, industry-standard development tools. This allows Thermo to continue to support its single-use technology, VGL, thus preserving the custom code written for SampleManager’s extensive installed base. Customers may choose to extend their systems using .NET and/or VGL. The .NET platform expands the pool of available developers compared to a proprietary language, contributing to a lower total cost of ownership.
The use of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) – the latest in the evolution of distributed computing – improves the way complex software, such as enterprise LIMS, is built. Code and services can be re-used and services can be implemented on a case-by-case basis. Major software vendors, including Microsoft, support SOA, which is governed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).