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Tectonic: Bika laboratory management tools open sourced
Fulfilling a previous commitment, Western Cape-based Bika Lab Systems have released the source code for its laboratory information management system(LIMS) under the GNU GPL.
LaboratoryTalk: Open source Lims deployed at Western Cape winery
A web-based open source laboratory information management system (Lims) has been deployed by Bika Lab Systems at Western Cape wine bottling cooperative Breeriviervallei Botteleringskooperasie in Worcester, South Africa.
Tectonic: SA wine bottling co-operative turns to open source
The Breëriviervallei Botteleringskoöperasie in the Western Cape is using a laboratory information system (LIMS) based on the Plone CMS, allowing clients to register analysis requests, track their progress and look up historical results -- all from the Web.
ITWeb: South African developers deliver open source LIMS
A Web-based laboratory information management system (LIMS) deployed by Bika Lab Systems at Western Cape wine bottling co-op Breëriviervallei Botteleringskoöperasie
Why Plone CMS a good choice for enterprise intranet applications
The open source Plone content management system is one of the best collaborative tools for enterprise intranets. Plone's core features include an enterprise-level content management system, a solid workflow engine, a wiki, role-based membership, and a search engine. It bring the benefits of sharing information to your enterprise intranet.
Fear and loathing in source code licensing
Can established enterprise software vendors match the flexibility of open-source applications? Their customers want the ability to easily fix, integrate, and enhance applications. In many cases, everybody benefits from source code licensing. However, if you ask for source code from a vendor that doesn't normally distribute it, you often get an instinctive answer of "we can't do that." You see fear, even paranoia. What are the sources of this fear that is preventing wider source code licensing and collaboration?
Open source secrets laid bare
"Ever since computer programmers began collaborating online to build software applications, the "open source" movement has been developing into a serious rival to the multinational software companies. Since the term was coined in the late 1990s, open source has rapidly matured from an egalitarian approach to software design into a movement whose practices underpin the internet. More recently, it has begun to represent the seed of an ideology, whose approach to openness and sharing is spilling over into the wider world."
Get the facts: Linux vs Windows on TCO
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and Levanta have kicked back at Microsoft's "Get the facts" campaign, with research of their own purportedly proving that Linux offers lower total cost of ownership than Windows in the enterprise environment in some environments, is not more expensive than Windows for most, and offers other significant benefits.
Europython: distributed companies and agility+customers
Managing the launchpad team at Canonical, managing a distributed company, agile customer management. The last europython 2006 talks on the last day.
Open Source LIMS - (Part I)
This article is the first in a three part series which will focus on the impact of Open Source technologies on Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). In this first article, I will discuss some of the factors influencing the decision to move to an open source solution. I will also discuss the fundamentals of the open source technologies, so that, should you decide to explore them, you will have some background on the topic. Finally, I will discuss the first of three open source solutions to this problem, Bika LIMS. If you represent a small to medium-sized laboratory which has grown weary of the never ending cycle of upgrades caused by the obsolescence of operating systems, LIMS, or databases then this article may be of interest to you.
Software and Community in the Early 21st Century - Eben Moglen
Eben Moglen is Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School, and General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation. The 2006 Plone Conference featured 45 outstanding talks, tutorials and workshops. None were more inspiring and important than Eben's keynote address, "Software and Community in the Early 21st Century." View at YouTube and Archive.org
SaaS Myths Debunked – Laboratories and Scientific industries reap the benefits of SaaS
Artcile submitted by Lablynx to the LIMSFinder website - 11/08/2009
What to look for in an Open Source Company
In open-source in general, the power lies in connecting the author of the software directly to users, eliminating the middleman, expensive sales efforts and negotiations with the upper management to get the most money possible. If you don’t have the best product, you’re not going to make it in open-source, unlike traditional enterprise software, where customers often flock to good-enough products.
The Truth Behind the Hype Behind Softare-as-a-Service (SaaS) LIMS, Part One
There is significant interest in on-demand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions due to increasing dissatisfaction with the costs, complexities, and length of time that it takes to realize value from on-premise application investments. As a result, many LIMS vendors are now offering SaaS versions of their software. These SaaS LIMS replace large upfront fees and costs with periodic payments at a fraction of the price, thus offering cost-effective alternatives to traditional packaged applications. This is the first of a two part article that explores the issues involved with understanding and evaluating this new generation of LIMS.
The Truth Behind the Hype Behind Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) LIMS, Part Two
 
PPPECB goes Live
The Perishable Export Control Board goes live with Plone 3 and Event management by Bika CMS
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Good Manufacturing Practice for Pharmaceutical Products
Good manufacturing practice (GMP) comprises that part of qualityassurance aimed at ensuring that a product is consistently manufactured to aquality appropriated to its intended use. GMP requires that the manufacturingprocess is fully defined before it is initiated and that all necessaryfacilities are provided. In practice, this means that personnel must beadequately trained, suitable premises and equipment used, correct materialsused, approved procedures adopted, suitable and transport facilities availableand appropriate records made.
 

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