Matrix Gemini is characterized by its unique configuration tools that allow solution configurations to be built without changing the underlying code. These tools can be used to develop wider data management solutions. At least one organization has used Matrix to create a complete business management tool linking the commercial and scientific aspects of the business in a single system. More commonly organizations integrate Matrix into their IT ecosystem, linking business critical systems to streamline operations. For example by integrating veterinary hospital systems managing the care of valuable equine patients to the pathologists in the dedicated testing lab. Revenue can be maximized in a commercial testing laboratory by providing full details of all analytical procedures carried out as part of an agreed contract to the relevant finance systems.
Clearly a LIMS is far from a complete digital transformation solution, but it can provide a powerful component of this complex process. Digital transformation is applicable to many sectors but is to some extent still in its infancy, especially within the laboratory environment. It is interesting to note that in the industrial manufacturing sector, the concept of Industry 4.0, the trend towards automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies and processes, was first put forward as long ago as 2011. While significant progress has been made in this area, there is still much to be done almost a decade later indicating the size of the challenge associated with digital transformation. However, even small advances towards this end can yield significant benefits.