Beyond the ELN vs LIMS Myth


So, do you really need both an ELN and a LIMS for your lab? Or neither? Or something else entirely?

Scientists are beginning to discover why their R&D lab is better off with a solution that combines the very best of what an ELN delivers, along with the key functionality that a LIMS provides.

The lines between LIMS and ELNs are becoming increasingly blurred, as both tools continue to develop and offer more functionality to users. If you know you need ‘something’ for your lab, it can be hard to know where to start, particularly when the choice involves introducing another piece of technology into your complex laboratory ecosystem.

In this eBook, we answer some of the most common questions we hear from those researching their electronic data management options.

Key points: 

  • An ELN is built for managing unstructured data and workflows
  • A LIMS is best suited for managing sample-centric, structured data
  • Neither can be used on its own but need to be used in conjunction to fully understand an experiment
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