Practical Enterprise Architecture for the Laboratory

Industry-leading enterprises invest heavily in laboratory IT initiatives to drive improvements in operational efficiency, regulatory compliance and innovation. For organizations implementing complex laboratory informatics systems such as LIMS, ELNs, and scientific data management systems (SDMS), creating a fully-integrated laboratory environment that fosters digital continuity across the project lifecycle is an important key to driving innovation and remaining competitive.

Integration requirements for laboratory informatics systems often include laboratory devices and instruments, as well as enterprise systems that need access to laboratory data. To accomplish an integrated laboratory environment that provides a high level of business value for your organization, it is important to design a laboratory informatics architecture that is aligned with business goals, along with a roadmap to deployment, before engaging in a proper technology selection process for your organization.

Common issues experienced by organizations that do not engage in a process of practical enterprise architecture for the laboratory include:

  • Data silos across the organization
  • Redundant and/or disconnected systems
  • Reduced innovation
  • High IT maintenance costs

Astrix takes a practical approach to Enterprise Architecture for the laboratory by focusing on a targeted slice of the Enterprise that includes the total laboratory informatics ecosystem. Our team of experienced architects engage the customer in a collaborative evaluation of the current state architecture that details how the technology (applications, information systems, instruments, etc.) currently fits together and supports the objectives of the business. This assessment looks at:

  • Functions & security
  • Core entity structures, user-defined entities
  • Workflow events
  • Customization/extensions
  • Reports
  • Instrument and system interfaces

Utilizing the future state user and business requirements that were developed in the Business Process Analysis stage, the Astrix Team designs a future state architecture, along with a strategic roadmap to deployment, that is aligned with business goals. Items considered in this process may include:

  • Portfolio Rationalization
  • Cloud Strategy/Deployment
  • Data Monetization
  • Big Data Strategy/Deployment
  • Internet of (Laboratory) Things Strategy/Deployment

The end result of this process is a practical roadmap to implement an overall strategic vision for the laboratory informatics ecosystem architecture that will provide significant business value. In some cases, the roadmap contains transitional architectures that are designed to bring business value forward, as opposed to waiting for payback until the vision is fully implemented.

Creating an effective and practical laboratory informatics architecture is a collaborative process that requires a diverse set of skills and expertise. Astrix professionals have the broad scientific and laboratory domain expertise, as well as IT skills and familiarity with a wide array of technology platforms, that are required to architect an integrated laboratory IT ecosystem for your organization that drives both current and future business value.

Astrix professionals have the skills and expertise necessary to architect, implement, integrate and support best in class solutions for your organization’s laboratory environment.

Contact us today for a no-obligations consultation to discuss how to optimize your laboratory informatics strategy!