What Are the Benefits of Moving Your LIMS to the Cloud?

Moving your LIMS to the cloud is the new trend among laboratories. But what are the benefits of moving to the cloud?

Cloud computing has permeated all industries, and the research and design (R&D) sector is no exception. The digital revolution has increased the pace of global activity, hence the pressure on all laboratories to automate processes. In addition, as laboratories continue to collect more data, there’s a growing need for systems that reduce workflow complexity. Cloud-hosted Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) help modern laboratories improve operational efficiency while reducing costs and staying competitive.

7 Benefits of moving LIMS to the Cloud

1. Lower IT Costs

Traditionally, informatics such as LIMS are hosted on-premise architecture; however, technological advancements have made the traditional approach inefficient and costly. The money spent on an internal IT department, servers, software, integrations and upgrades quickly adds up.

It now costs less for laboratories to host operations, including data management and compliance, over internet-based platforms. With SaaS LIMS, your laboratory does not have to purchase disparate software systems, manage upgrades, or handle complex cybersecurity details.

Cloud-based LIMS enables minimal installation costs, reduced or no maintenance costs, zero upgrade costs, and minimal license costs. Once you become a LIMS user, you have access to professionally crafted software designed for your lab without the need for in-house servers and data lakes.

2. Rapid Implementation

SaaS LIMS such as Labwise XD can be implemented within two weeks. There is no need to acquire servers or pay for extensive configuration. Since Labwise XD is built on a low-code platform that enables laboratories to have rapid customization and configuration, implementation time to the exact specifications of each lab is significantly reduced. Furthermore, there is no substantial initial capital expense for software implementation costs because you only pay for what you need or what you consume.

3. Become Agile

Traditional LIMS are often fixed in capacity, slow, and difficult or impossible to access outside the laboratory. The limitations in flexibility slow your pace and restrict agility. With cloud-based LIMS, you can easily scale-up or scale-back your laboratory needs depending on your current demand.

Cloud based LIMS allows you to add new laboratory users to the system and remove them just as quickly. All the information and controls are accessible to you at the touch of a button. As you boost your agility, you will gain a significant competitive advantage allowing you to stay ahead of the competition.

4. Automatic Software Updates

Software updates can be time consuming and lead to catastrophic failures of existing processes. Reduced productivity, errors, and confusion often occur with manual updates. It’s also easy to forget important updates, which reduces operational efficiencies or creates vulnerabilities. With a SaaS LIMS such as Labwise XD, all updates are automatically deployed as you use the software. Automated software updates not only save your time but reduce the workload for your IT team.

5. Data Backup and Recovery

Most laboratories process large volumes of data, which requires storage and redundant backup. On-device storage is susceptible to permanent deletion, especially when hardware or software crashes. On the other hand, cloud backups automatically copy your data to different servers to give you a reliable backup for all data.

Recovery after incidents such as cyber-attacks, fire, or natural hazards is relatively easy when you can access your information online. You don’t have to make initial investments or wait extensive periods to access storage. Furthermore, your LIMS service provider manages the storage and security of your data backups affordable, often include with standard licensing.


6. Improved Collaboration

On-premise software limits collaboration outside the lab, making it challenging to stay competitive. Cloud-based LIMS supports easy accessibility and collaboration. Lab partners and users can access data and systems across various devices, inside and outside the lab. You can collaborate on projects, share information, and rely on a central database for your laboratory needs.

It’s easier for your laboratory to collaborate with across departments, organizations, and third parties. You can also integrate with existing operating systems and enjoy access across various devices.

7. Data Security

Data security is a growing concern across all sectors, including research and development. It’s crucial to protect sensitive data from malicious hackers that seek to steal or manipulate your data.

Xybion LIMS encrypts your data and provides excellent security for your backups. Authentication procedures ensure that only verified users log in, and that all logins are tracked for simplified security audits.

Find the Right Cloud-Based LIMS for You

Scientific research and development, preclinical trials, and pharmaceutical manufacturing are complex tasks that require critical analysis, accurate data, and around-the-clock monitoring. You can achieve optimum lab efficiency with Labwise XD, a cloud-based LIMS that helps you manage activities in your lab, manage your facility, with embedded 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance. You can also automate data processing, streamline your lab processes, improve laboratory throughput, and simplify reporting in your lab with regulatory compliance. At Xybion, our digital unified lab operations with cloud-based LIMS, Quality Management, and ELN enables your lab to be competitive and efficient in the next generation of digital lab management.

Look for these four criteria, while selecting your LIMS vendor:

Four Criteria for selecting LIMS Vendor
  1. Usability: At the very basic core level, the LIMS solution must meet your lab needs. Think beyond the paradigm for sample/analysis and ensure that you select a LIMS that contains all the components necessary to handle your laboratory needs both today and in future. Think beyond the paradigm for sample/analysis and ensure that you select a LIMS that contains all the components necessary to handle your laboratory needs both today and in future.

  2. User Interface: A robust LIMS should give you options on how the applications interacts on-site, SaaS, host/cloud or desktop-based way, web browser and mobile device. It is strongly recommended that the cloud solution is considered since it can be set up quickly. It is generally less costly than internal IT resources. It minimizes burden on existing IT resources.

  3. Flexibility: A robust LIMS should give you options on how the applications interacts on-site, SaaS, host/cloud or desktop-based way, web browser and mobile device. It is strongly recommended that the cloud solution is considered since it can be set up quickly. It is generally less costly than internal IT resources. It minimizes burden on existing IT resources. The cost of maintenance, updated and change log is expensive for customized solutions.

  4. Team behind the LIMS Software: While there are many players, ‘big’ and ‘small’ in the LIMS Software space. Look for options where you find it easy to communicate with the team. Make sure the company you are working with is stable, has credentials and other list of clients to support the rationale.

Contact us for a free demo and learn how you can benefit from LIMS on the cloud.

Xybion XDP Preconfigured Apps

Ready to learn more? Book a free demo.

Heidi Krueger

Head of Quality Assurance

Heidi leads Xybion’s Quality Assurance practice. She has over 20 years’ experience in designing and implementing quality assurance policies. Since joining Xybion in 2000, Heidi worked with several clients to design quality policies and ensure compliance. She is responsible to hosting Xybion customer audits. Heidi has a BA degree in Biology from The King’s College.

James Castonguay

Product Technology Lead

James provides leadership to Xybion quality management systems including product design, development and client delivery. James started working with Xybion in 2002 in its Canadian division. He is now managing product delivery from the United States. James has a master’s degree in mathematics and minor in informatics from the University of Sherbrook, Quebec, Canada.

Dave Chiaramonte

Enterprise Assets and HSE Leader
Dave brings diverse and deep expertise to his leadership role as the leader of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Employee Health & Safety line of business. Dave has over twenty years of experience within the Information Technology industry including development, implementation and integration of complex Enterprise Systems in large corporate environments. He is a highly regarded technology leader in IBM’s Maximo Asset Management Product implementation. Dave worked with BMS and Dupont pharmaceuticals before joining Xybion in 2004.

Tom Klapmuts

Digital Lab Solution Leader

Tom provides leadership in design, delivery and revenue growth of Xybion digital lab solutions. He is an experienced client solutions manager with a demonstrated history of working with many clients globally to solve their business problems. Tom has training in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Life Sciences, CRO Management, and Clinical Development. Before joining Xybion, Tom worked for pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and Schering Plough. Tom is a Purdue university alumnus.

Priya Rajesh

Head of Sales: APAC | Head of Operations: India

Priya is responsible for Xybion business growth in APAC region. She brings over two decades of experience in Business Consulting and Operations Management. Her deep expertise in diversified areas, including strategic alliance and partnership management, diversity and inclusivity initiatives and employee development, will amplify Xybion’s global strategic relationships and will strengthen the company’s executive leadership in India. In her last role at Conduent, she served as Director-Marketing & Bid Management. Prior to this, Priya has worked with Infosys and Covansys (now CSC). Priya holds degrees in microbiology & health management.

Raji Bijur

Head of Quality Control & CSV

Raji leads Xybion Quality Control function. She has over 22 years of experience in software quality management, CSV, SQA, software process & KPI development and industry benchmarking. She has strong process implementation knowledge including ISO, CMMI, Agile, Scrum, Six Sigma, Lean. Certified CSQA, CSV, GCP, and GAMP. Raji has led implementation of QC processes in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) projects. Before coming to Xybion in 2019, she worked with IQVIA (Former Quintiles), Infosys, Aris Global, Mphasis and serving clients across different market segments. Raji has a bachelor’s degree in information science & technology and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Bob Friedman

Chief Solution Architect

Bob Friedman has over 25 years of experience in Preclinical information systems at Xybion Corporation as a developer, development manager and Chief Solution Architect. He has been an active member of the CDISC SEND standards consortium for five years as well as the PhUSE / FDA Industry Collaboration. Bob has previously worked for Synthes Orthopedics, NYU Medical Center and the New York State Department of Health. He has a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Gokul Panda

Head of Platform and Product Development

Gokul is the Head of Platform and Product Development, responsible for developing new and critical platforms and products. He has over 20 years of enterprise software development in the life sciences industry and related fields. Gokul holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science, and Technology. Gokul’s unrivaled expertise in enterprise software architecture and solutions provides Xybion’s clients with leading product functionality, innovation, and platform stability.

Anu Roy

Chief Solutions Delivery Officer

Anu manages project delivery and relationship. She has over 18 years of Life Sciences industry and IT services experience. Anu has a strong track record of designing and developing digital solutions, management consulting, quality & compliance Management, CLM, process & key metrics design, program execution & improvement and account management. Anu is a recipient of the STEM WOC ‘Technology Rising Star ‘by US Women’s magazine in 2014. She has received several other awards including Infosys Consulting Architect Award for outstanding achievement in 2011, RCL Crown Golden Brain Award in 2013. Anu is a guest columnist at Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor and published in several international business magazines. Anu has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and MBA in marketing.

Keith Dempsey

Chief Information Officer

Keith Dempsey has joined Xybion as our global CIO. He brings 20+ years of progressive Information Technology experience from Merck, AIG, Barclays and PriceWaterhouse. Focusing his career on building global strategies that capitalize on progressive technologies that scale in accordance to realized business growth. His experiences range from introducing new technologies that facilitated a competitive advantage for Merck, introduced new and scalable technologies for AIG Investments, and created progressive global organizational improvements for Barclay’s Capital. Keith has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from William Paterson University.

Steve Porfano

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Steve manages Xybion corporate function which includes Finance, HR, Legal and QA. Steve joined Xybion in 1989 as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1991. As Chief Financial Officer, Steve is responsible for the establishment, enhancement, coordination and administration of the Company’s financial systems, internal controls, and related areas. Additionally, he is the corporate liaison to the Company’s bank, independent certified public accounting firm and governmental compliance and financial auditors.

Kamal Biswas

President & Chief Operating Officer

Kamal joined Xybion as its President and Chief Operating Officer in 2018. He is an acknowledged leader in the life sciences industry and has over 20 years’ experience in management consulting and pharmaceutical business. Very recently, Kamal was a Partner and leader of the global Life Sciences practice at Infosys Consulting. Before that, he spent several years working with pharma companies including Novartis Pharma and Ciba Geigy to manage manufacturing and late-stage R&D functions.

Pradip K. Banerjee, Ph.D., MBA

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Banerjee is an entrepreneurial senior executive with 30+ years of in-depth experience in the global Life Sciences, Healthcare and Services industry in global operations, strategic management, business development, investments and new ventures creation, M&A and Buy-outs. Prior to acquiring Xybion in 2008, Pradip served as President and CEO of Science Center in Philadelphia focused on creating, incubating, managing and investing in science based new companies. He was the Partner-in-Charge of the pharmaceutical Research & Development unit of Accenture where he created the R&D consulting unit and had grown it to become $100+ million worldwide business. Dr. Banerjee holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Wharton Business School of University of Pennsylvania.

Employee Name

Job Title

Job Description