shutterstock_460095187Does just the thought of upgrading your chromatography data system (CDS) fill you with dread? When only thinking about revalidating your system, updating the software, your IT hardware and operating environment, disruptions in the laboratory and retraining of users it can feel like an insurmountable effort is required, especially when everything is running fine right now.

However, how long have you been operating your current system? Is it still state-of-the-art? You must consider the consequences of not upgrading, which can have considerable impact on your organization.

One aspect is the fast-changing and ever-evolving computer environment, like operating systems (OS) databases and related hardware, like servers and PCs. Older software based on outdated programming code won’t operate optimally in modern IT environments and certainly can’t use modern deployment strategies, like operation in a virtual environment, let alone in the cloud.

In addition, it’s not only the surrounding technology that’s changing; regulations are also not a static fact. There is an increased focus on data integrity issues during regulatory audits and older chromatography software does not have all the features to comply with the newest regulations and cannot quickly adapt to recent changes. Read this blog post for some more insights on data integrity and this blog post for tips and tricks about validating your CDS.

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Furthermore, when your CDS is reaching the end of its lifetime, implementation of new instrument control drivers may no longer be possible, meaning your lab can’t stay up to date with the newest chromatography instrumentation, which is an issue when equipment is due for replacement. It certainly is not possible to run your chromatographs and mass spectrometers within a single software – over the network!

When upgrading to a new and easy-to-use CDS, like Thermo Scientific™ Chromeleon™ Chromatography Data System, the training aspect is also minimal as the software is designed with the look and feel of popular operating systems and with operational simplicity in mind; the number of steps and time to perform any task are minimized and all the steps are easy to understand and easy to use. The streamlined and intuitive user interface guides the users through the software, diminishing training time. If further simplification is required, for example when people that are not trained chromatographers but do need chromatography results, there is a walk-up interface removing any interaction with the CDS itself. Read more about Thermo Scientific™ Chromeleon™ XPS Open Access software in this product spotlight.

Yes, upgrading your CDS does have an impact on your laboratory, but has a positive impact with the benefits brought by a modern CDS enabling you to improve productivity. Make sure you stay current and be confident you keep up-to-date with all technology, market and regulatory changes.