The major advantage of a LIMS is that it provides a single platform for all laboratory activities, enabling all relevant information to be kept in one place, driving a paperless laboratory approach. Electronic interfaces allow analyzers, chromatographs, mass spectrometry and other instruments (simple and complex) to be connected and directly transfer test results to the LIMS. The resulting data is held in one secure database rather than a multitude of spreadsheets and notebooks. Many say though that real advantage of a LIMS is being able to easily search a single source of data for the information needed. Whether quickly re-printing a 5-year-old certificate of analysis or analyzing trend data from a specific test type over a longer period of time, the data can be extracted and visualized at the touch of a button.