Solving the Reporting Problem

Many projects have a problem getting reports produced. In one sense, it seems expensive to hire a LIMS, ELN or LES expert who knows the data but who comes with a rather high rate. On the other hand, getting a cheap resource who knows the reporting tool isn’t an easy solution because it’s so incredibly difficult to teach them these massive databases and how they work. Today, I will tell you the solution to this problem.

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How Do You Know If Remote Resources Are Working, Eat Bon-bons, Or Doing Both?

Just the other day, I had an interesting discussion with someone who is using remote resources on their project. We had a bit of a laugh over those people who constantly worry that remote resources might not be doing what they’re supposed to and, instead, goofing-off or, as we say in our industry jargon, “eating bon-bons.” Most projects are pretty savvy about this but what if your project is new to do this? How would you know, short of putting cameras on them?

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Is Paper Ever Better?

A few moments ago, a magazine I used to subscribe to announced to me that their digital newsletter was no longer going to be produced as the printed magazine is so popular that they’re no longer going to bother with creating the digital format. Another magazine I subscribe to gives free digital editions when you purchase the print edition (it actually does cost more to get both) and I find that I do sometimes use those digital editions when I want to print something out to mark it up, rather than putting Post-It Brand Notes all over the magazine, but the print edition remains popular because it’s the kind of thing where readers like to flip back-and-forth.

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