|The successful use of automation and information technologies in laboratory applications depends as much upon the policies and goals defined by lab management as it does on the skills of those implementing projects. Whether you are responsible for one lab or a laboratory complex, setting the guidelines within which automation is implemented across lab organizations is fundamental to cost-effective, successful, and supportable systems.
The purpose of this short-course is to introduce management to lab automation: what it is, managements role in laboratory automation, the policies that need to be developed to help ensure successful projects, models of laboratory work that can be used to define automation needs and product requirements.
The benefits of the course include:
· improving the effectiveness of automation systems, and their ability to be successfully implemented and supported,
· reducing laboratory operating costs, and improving Return On Investment in automation/computing technology,
· meeting the demands of regulatory agencies,
· a basis for coordinating the work of IT groups, outside contractors &
· protect / enhance the value of the labs intellectual property, and,
· make the most effective use of people's talents.
Since the participants are expected to bring with them a range of experiences and perspectives, we expect this course to be interactive.