Entries by Bob Beliveau

Does your System Own the Results ?

The Life Sciences business is an Information Business.  We sell small containers of material at a considerable price.  But without supporting information representing the product’s identity, purity and potency, we are unable to sell it.  So in essence, Information IS our Product. That’s why companies spend so much time and energy ensuring that the information […]

IT – It’s a People Business

By Bob Beliveau. It’s not easy building and launching successful IT systems.  You must have a firm grasp of technology.  You must understand a customer’s business well enough to know where a system can add value.  But you must also understand the people in an organization and how the project should be rolled out and […]

A Blatant Advertisement for the BioIT Platform

I’ve heard people say that you shouldn’t overtly blog about your product or service because it might turn people off. They might consider it spam and discount your views and opinions. Well, for this blog post, I’m not going to heed their advice. I am going to tell you why I think our product is […]

BioIT Solutions – Batch Data Warehouse (Screencast)

By Bob Beliveau. BioIT Solutions is pleased to present this screencast of a Batch Data Warehouse system. The system uses Microsoft Word to capture and aggregate batch data. Production batch records are “issued” by the system. Once issued, the records can be used on the benchtop or in the manufacturing envelope to capture batch data […]

This Week’s Wake-Up Call

When it comes to the web, hosted solutions, and (dare I say it) “the Cloud”, I’m all in.  Unlike some of my friends and colleagues who are suspicious of moving their data offsite, I take the opposite stance.  I use Gmail for my mail, Dropbox for shared files, and even a web based password store.  […]

Think Horizontally

In a previous blog post, I suggested that the only thing of lasting value that IT professionals create is high quality data.  But how exactly, do you create such as asset?  In this article, I’ll explain our method. The strategy is simple.  Get as many eyeballs looking at your data set as possible.  Try to […]

Where is your Lab’s Informatics Supply Chain ?

Human Genome Sciences (HGS), one of Maryland’s Biotech anchors, was recently purchased by Glaxo SmithKline (GSK).  HGS was purchased because of its drug pipeline but, not so long ago, it was renowned for sequencing human genes and amassing a treasure trove of Intellectual Property.  I had the great honor of being part of the HGS […]

Don’t Drive Your Process with Email

By Bob Beliveau. I’m going to level with you.  I’m not a big fan of driving processes with Email.  Oh sure, Email does have its place.  When I order a new gadget on Amazon, I like to get that Email confirmation.  And it’s cool to track your order via FedEx as it makes its way […]

The Myth of the Waterfall

There are many Software Development Lifecycles, but probably the most ubiquitous is the Waterfall Methodology.  I first encountered it as a young software engineer in the form of MIL-STD-2167A.  The waterfall method instructs you to develop a detailed requirements specification, followed by a design specification, and then on to software implementation, and testing.  This method […]

It’s the Data, Dummy …

By Bob Beliveau. Decades ago, when I entered the industry, I joined a department called Data Systems. Many of my wet-behind-the-ears colleagues worked at other companies in their Management Information Systems (MIS) departments. We learned how to make the big iron mainframes crunch numbers and deliver reports to the line units. Sometime later, (the 1990s […]