Richness of LIMS functionality is not compromised using NCDP. The key is to define the controls in such a way that they can be used flexibly in the graphical configuration platform without compromise. Autoscribe has developed applications for mortuary management, stability study management, and clinical systems, for example, without the need to write one line of code. These systems, with identical core code to the LIMS, are in operation with Autoscribe customers today. This means that Autoscribe has one set of LIMS code to support and upgrade, and customers benefit from this as well.
Large companies often find an ideal LIMS for one part of their organization, often the lead laboratory, and then have difficulty adapting it to suit other teams in other areas of their business. The highly adaptable nature of Matrix LIMS ensures that each site/department can have a user interface and associated functionality to suit their specific needs without affecting other sites/departments in the organization. This is done without writing software code and therefore avoiding potential problems with future updates and support.
Using the NDCP approach means that all workflows and screens can be configured to meet the users’ needs. An interface adapted to their working practices ensures users understand and adopt the LIMS quickly. Continued acceptance can be ensured by adapting the LIMS to changing working practices over time. Several of Autoscribe Informatics’ earliest customers are still using Matrix LIMS today, regularly updating their system to take advantage of new and improved functionality and technology.
Since identical core code blocks are reused repeatedly the NCDP approach can provide excellent productivity savings when configuring the system. It allows higher-level ‘laboratory centric’ configuration without the need to develop software code, bringing configuration closer to the end user.
NCDP delivers clear cost and time savings for both a LIMS manager and the laboratory or laboratories using the LIMS. Flexibility, upgradeability, ease of use, and maintainability make a sound business case for the use of a NCDP for LIMS Configuration.