This three-part blog series explores how to choose the right partner for your digital transformation journey. In our previous blog, we discussed the steps involved on your digital transformation journey. Here we explore how a partner who can deliver speed at scale can maximize your laboratory’s success.
Choosing the right partner is the most critical step you can take to support you on the successful path to digitalization. A digital partner offers you a fully managed solution to meet your goals and imparts trusted advice throughout the entire journey to Lab 4.0. But, when considering a partner, have you factored in how your laboratory needs will change over time?
For laboratories planning on scaling up their operations and delivering more with less, a partner who delivers speed at scale, globally, is essential. Ensuring that your partner meets these criteria enables you to achieve:
- Connected processes for streamlined execution and end-to-end data traceability
- Clear understanding of, and compliance with, appropriate regulations
- Rapid scale-up and delivery, accelerating time to value
In this blog, we discuss the importance of a partner who can deliver solutions rapidly that meet and grow with your needs.
Digitalization: The missing puzzle piece
When thinking about scaling up operations and processes, many laboratories consider physical aspects such as instruments, supplies, and people. While these are important, a complete scale-up of your workflows simply can’t occur without having the appropriate digital infrastructure to match. Ensuring that components such as software and cloud capabilities are in place is integral to implement an all-encompassing solution.
To make the most of your digital transformation initiatives and to future-proof your operations, look for a partner whose customer success and technical expertise are demonstrated through membership of a program such as the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Life Sciences Competency Partner organization. Not only does this mean that you can trust your partner to deliver solutions that keep your data secure, protected, and backed up in line with global regulations, but they also deliver 99.5% service availability for their solutions, ensuring your operations stay robust regardless of scale. As an added bonus, your partner therefore has the ability to provide ongoing system administration and premium support for enterprise informatics and laboratory orchestration software on AWS.
Further, as your operations continue to scale, it becomes increasingly important that your partner can offer reliable support through a global personnel footprint to keep you on track when you need it. And finally, look for a partner who offers a proven track record of their scale-up capabilities. Let’s explore what this looks like in a real-world scenario.
Amplitude Solution: Delivering speed at scale
During the pandemic, the need for rapid testing was amplified across the globe. To identify cases of COVID-19, and to monitor and subsequently control spread of the disease, analytical laboratories stepped up to expand their capabilities and meet this demand. Thermo Fisher Scientific began to develop a total solution to support laboratories: combining instrumentation, automation, sample management and analytics.
Once the instrumentation and automation strategies were in place, we worked with customers to identify their pain points in scaling up. We developed turnkey technology in a total-package testing solution to respond to their needs, and Thermo Fisher™ Amplitude Solution was thus born: an automated molecular diagnostic testing system that speeds up testing with minimal resources.
But to support increased testing, scalable digital capabilities are needed. Thermo Scientific™ SampleManager LIMS™ was integral to this solution. The software manages vast sample quantities, enables traceability of samples, and drives compliance with regulations, thereby supporting the laboratories throughout their entire operations, at scale.
Thanks to our ability to deliver scale at speed globally, we designed and released the validated Amplitude solution in record time. With the proper digital infrastructure prioritized, the platform enables scale-up to tens of thousands of tests per day depending on the laboratory set up, and the software is deployed as a cloud-based solution at clinical laboratories across the globe. During the height of the pandemic, Thermo Fisher was involved in more than 50% of worldwide testing.
The right partner: From start to scale-up
Implementing the right digital solution from the outset is vital to support your laboratory’s future scale-up plans. And you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Working with a trusted partner like Thermo Fisher who is proven to deliver speed at scale, globally, can streamline your laboratory’s journey to success.
This concludes our three-part blog series on the digital transformation journey, which previously explored how to choose a trusted partner and the steps involved. Still have questions? Learn more about Thermo Fisher’s digital transformation solutions.