DIY Evaluation Process

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DIY LIMS should not be considered a complete, out-of-the-box solution. Complete solutions are ones that you buy. You plunk down some bucks, some series of sales and technical people show up to your business; there's this talk about licenses/cost/ROI/etc.; they install something or give you access to a system on remote servers somewhere and you are in business. In contrast, when rummaging around the online code bins for something DIY you are going to find a few solutions that load and appear to do a few things but otherwise are missing features, have bugs, and generally need a lot of TLC (tender loving care). This guide will help you decide whether to spend the time/energy on such a solution.

The traditional way to deal with the LIMS problem is to hire somebody to do the hard work for you, but in DIY you are probably dealing with limited resources or you have a need to fulfill your burning desire to hack code. In either case, support is not going to be easy to find and oftentimes you are going to be on your own. You want to have something that can get up and running in very short order, with minimal effort, yet allows for change and customization to fit your specific needs. This website has extensively discussed licensing so that should no longer be a mystery to you.

This leaves some other things you should look for when evaluating an open source LIMS tool. Here are a few pointers:

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