Two Fold Software Limited, the London-based innovative LIMS developer, is defining the next generation of LIMS solutions with the release of its enhanced Qualoupe LIMS software that features a simple to use intuitive user interface that offers both clarity and flexibility never before seen in the commercial LIMS industry.
To produce a more articulate, simple to use, user interface Two Fold Software has introduced key innovative features that are geared to enriching the user experience when using the Qualoupe LIMS package. The specially optimised software ensures that user interface functions assist users to work simply, clearly and efficiently in the way they wish to work.
A case in point is the way that Qualoupe’s roles functionality has been designed to modify the users interface to reflect the LIMS capabilities assigned to the users role.
“In Qualoupe you can define a role for a Lab Technician who only needs access to, say, the sample manager and batch manager modules,” explained Paul Bateman, Two Fold Software’s Business Development Manager. “This role can be used to quickly assign the rights and privileges to all ‘Laboratory Technicians’ but because the role definition is linked to the user interface the system presents only the assigned applications when a ‘Laboratory Technician’ logs into the system, rather than them seeing all the functionality that exists. This greatly simplifies the user experience and prevents distracting the user with unnecessary functions”.
“The Qualoupe approach is unlike all other LIMS solutions which traditionally use the roles functionality as a means to assign the rights and privileges of a user.
Another popular user interface feature offered by the latest release of Qualoupe allows users to define sequential sample numbering by laboratory, by batch, or by project.
“Many laboratories preferred to work using sequential samples in their pre-LIMS days. Previous generations of LIMS forced laboratories to change to using non-sequential numbering in order to implement a LIMS. Essentially it became a necessary evil as part of the trade-off to achieve performance,” explained Bateman. “Now with the next-generation Qualoupe solution it is feasible to ensure that all LIMS samples, batches and projects can be assigned unique numbers when they are created. These numbers are centrally controlled, so in cases where multiple labs exist, the samples can be logged in across the labs and allocated sequential sample numbers for each lab. The same applies when samples are assigned to batches by Qualoupe it is feasible to log sequential sample numbers for the samples in a batch”.
The Web-based Qualoupe user customisable interface is principally icon-driven and features uncluttered screens using a Just Enough Information Model (JEIM) that requires minimal mouse clicks to operate.
Qualoupe’s user interface has been tailored to revolutionise work flow and remove the complexity of running a LIMS, which then offers the following time and cost saving benefits:
- Less user training is required
- A reduction in the LIMS ‘go live’ time
- Faster return on investment
- Quicker user acceptance of the LIMS solution.