LIMS data migration is the process of transferring data from a legacy system to a laboratory information management system. To automate laboratory workflows and manage data in a seamless manner, it is critical to partner with a company that offers LIMS data migration like Blaze Systems to ensure optimal operations. Commissioning and configuring a LIMS installation usually involves utilizing legacy data of two specific types, generally in the electronic forms of databases, legacy LIMS, and spreadsheets:
Legacy historical data – tests and samples run utilizing collection methods of legacy data and specific tools. This data offers high value in garnering the continuity of operations and capabilities when transferring over to a new LIMS.
Legacy configuration data – definitions of method, analyte, specifications, customers, products, and more.
We Offer the Best LIMS Data Migration Services to Migrate this Data into Your New Blaze LIMS database.
In the case of legacy configuration data, considerable time saving can often be achieved by converting this data to the Blaze LIMS format along with the content via automatic loading. Blaze LIMS data migration services provides a spreadsheet tool to assist the customer in doing this, but in some cases, it is more efficient to contract with Blaze System to perform this service.
By their very nature, legacy systems often contain dirty data, that is, data that is inconsistent and having poor relational and content integrity, as well as lacking a sound underlying physical or logical data model. The task of transforming such disarray into sound relational and content order can be daunting and expensive. However, with Blaze initiating your LIMS data migration, the process can be simplified and cost-effective.
Blaze Systems has developed a legacy data migration wizard and toolkit which automates and streamlines this process. It provides a framework for specifying the legacy metadata (access or spreadsheet formats), selecting and separating out entity data sets, cleaning up inconsistent values, and loading the data via the standard Blaze LIMS Auto logger and Results Uploader. In this way all the required relational integrity and data content is assured. Using this new capability, Blaze Systems can provide lower cost, fixed price and effective data migration services when you purchase Blaze LIMS and have legacy data you wish to preserve and reference going forward. This service provides a competitive advantage over most of our competition, very few of whom will provide it at all, let alone at the prices we offer making Blaze Systems the preferred option when it comes to LIMS data migration and investing in a new LIMS system.
When is the Right Time to Migrate LIMS Data?
If your current system is no longer supported, then now is the time to invest in a robust LIMS solution from a provider that offers a seamless delivery in LIMS data migration. In addition, if your software and hardware is outdated, and your team is encountering rising levels of corrupted data, these are clear signs to migrate and invest in the right technology from a LIMS solution provider like Blaze Systems.
What to Expect when Migrating LIMS Legacy Data
When labs partner with Blaze LIMS and use our migration tools, operational improvements are usually the first things that are noticeable. You will likely see seamless historical trending moving forward, reporting abilities to quickly access old and new data, and a steady maintenance of regulatory requirements. Furthermore, resources that were once used will be in an advantageous position to be allocated elsewhere to more critical areas, and the time to complete tasks, with greater accuracy, will stand out as a clean benefit.
You will also gain the ability to see a clear results picture regarding the following:
- Origin location
- Analyte name
- Location centric naming conventions
- Numeric result value
- Text result value
- Units of measurement
- Method references
- Analysis by
- Date of analysis
- Dilution factors
These points can easily get lost when a manual data migration is attempted, but when investing in Blaze LIMS data migration and supporting tools to help improve functionality across the board, you will see a dramatic change.
LIMS Data Migration Challenges and How Blaze Overcomes Them
One of the most common challenges of making the move to a LIMS system is legacy data migration, as data migration encompasses a variety of alterations proportional to the complexity and capacity of the legacy data. Some of the common challenges faced by labs include existing customizations and configurations, and resource allocation for testing and validating. Validation is critical as it guarantees that data is moved to the correct modules or locations, and it sends the correct number of migrated records with uniformed reports and test results. When LIMS data migration is attempted manually, the process is error-prone, resource intensive, and terribly time-consuming. Some of the common errors made by labs without a LIMS data migration and system in place include the following:
A Compromission of Data Integrity – Data integrity can be jeopardized during a manual migration process. Problems like duplicate data, redundancies and other anomalies run the chance of integral corruption.
Risk of Data Loss – In the event legacy data is void from the target LIMS after migration finalization, it is automatically termed as a data loss. In many cases the LIMS has a new structural database or even a completely different database technology compared to the source LIMS. With the right solution, you can avoid considerable chances of data loss that would otherwise apply to labs that are technologically unprepared.
Semantics Risk – Semantics Risk: A component in the legacy LIMS (such as sample amount) could carry the same meaning as another attribute in the new LIMS (such as sample quantity). However, the units of measurements could be different. The problematic example portrayed here reveals how data may be flawed, despite a successful data migration.
Blaze Systems works with labs from multiple industries to provide direct solutions to the challenges of LIMS data migration; obstacles that can be met with proper upfront planning and the right LIMS configurations to accommodate your current laboratory workflows. In addition, your LIMS need to have features that directly import legacy data via the automatic mapping of legacy facets with attributes located within the LIMS–something that will save your organization a great degree of time and critical resources. Blaze also offers solutions to ensure that the LIMS can identify duplicate data and deny its importation in order to prevent redundancy while preserving data integrity across the board. Blaze has its own data migration tools and mechanisms to accommodate the importation of legacy data through a seamless manner that will save your lab management team an abundance of time and resources that can best be used elsewhere.
The Devil is in the Details: Blaze Determines LIMS Data Migration Specifics
When you partner with Blaze for LIMS data migration, we consider the range of all data, specific locations, date ranges, and we identify the data attributes while reducing the number of sources as we document the requirements as dictated by your needs. Every LIMS data migration is unique, and when you work with Blaze Systems, you gain a true partner ready to assist your LIMS data migration, while offering up additional suggestions for further internal improvements.
Why Work with Blaze for LIMS Data Migration
Organizations from pharmaceuticals to electronics, and from food & beverage to biotechnology and beyond recognize Blaze as a top service provider for LIMS data migration, and the new LIMS systems invested in to improve laboratory operations. We pride ourselves on offering the highest lifetime benefits highlighted by comprehensive COTS functionality for maximum value over time as multiple LIMS data migration tasks carry out in a comprehensive environment. We also offer the lowest tidal cost of ownership on our LIMS solutions, and our LIMS data migration services are designed to run seamlessly alongside the management system in place. Finally, we form deep relationships with every client and work hard to build a business partnership with every lab that invests in our LIMS data migration services, and various systems. Our small company persona means we have a true passion for customer success, and we function as your partner through every step of the LIMS data migration process, and in the production of your new LIMS solution that’s designed to better fit your laboratory needs.
Give us a call today and discover how our Blaze LIMS data migration services and new information management systems can enhance the overall functionality, accuracy, and ultimate success of your laboratory.