On-Premises LIMS Vs SaaS LIMS – A Comparative Analysis

Every modern laboratory in the industry is constantly focusing to enhance their operational efficiency, decrease costs, control regulatory compliance, and improve quality. Apart from this, the rise of Contract Research Organization and R&D externalization strategies in the industry of pharmaceuticals has led to laboratories gathering enormous data from different partners, preceding a significant increase in the complexity of lab workflow. To overcome these challenges the pharmaceutical industry utilizes the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Laboratory Information Management System

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is software that allows laboratories to manage samples, test results and associated data to improve lab productivity. It helps standardize workflows, tests and procedures, while providing accurate controls of the process.

A Laboratory Information Management System replaces paper-based and legacy systems and spreadsheets which are often time-consuming, inaccurate, not secure, inconsistent and lack any audit trail. A LIMS pulls together all the information that is generated in a laboratory into a standardized format so it is easier for the laboratory personnel to find, work with, securely share and analyse.

SaaS Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), is one of the most common cloud services and a software distribution model that offers both, consumers and businesses cloud-based tools and applications for everyday use.

SaaS is easy to use and manage, and it is highly scalable, as it does not need to be downloaded and installed on individual devices to deploy it to an entire team or company. This is particularly helpful for distributed global teams who do not work in close proximity. Once the software is hosted, it is accessed over the internet by users via a web user interface.


LIMS capabilities have expanded dramatically in recent years in order to better serve scientific laboratories. As LIMS technology has changed, so have the number of factors that need to be considered when choosing the best LIMS for your laboratory. Here are few differences between LIMS and SaaS LIMS to help the laboratory user to understand the need for selecting the right software that provides a high level of business value for the laboratory of an organization.

 On-Premises LIMSSaaS LIMS
DeploymentAdvanced Infrastructure and Maintenance NeededAll that is Needed is an Internet Ready Device
IT ResourcesRequires a dedicated IT team for system administration, maintenance, implementation, data backup, upgrades, patches, disaster recovery, etc.Customer IT resources may be required for application administration and/or configuration, but installation, system administration, backup, disaster recovery, etc. are all the responsibility of the SaaS vendor.
Capital ExpenseTypically, a larger initial capital expense is required for infrastructure requirements, license, and labor for implementation.Only pay for what you use. On demand licensing enables LIMS to become a variable expense, rather than a large fixed cost at the time of purchase.
Functionality & ScalabilityLIMS typically can offer higher performance and richer functionality.The elasticity and resource pooling aspects of the cloud allows for more rapid and flexible scalability with increased use.
Data SecurityThe traditional installation allows for a higher level of data security with tighter control over all the system components.Data travels and is stored outside the organization’s firewall. The system relies on the service provider for data security.
CustomizationInstallation can allow for higher degrees of customization and integration.Has very limited or no ability to be customized. The software is generally only able to be configured in very specific ways. This results in less functionality control over the system compared to the other options.
AccessibilityAccessible Inside Company NetworkAccessible Anytime, Anywhere

A key factor to consider when choosing a LIMS is the deployment architecture. There are three fundamental options supported by commercial LIMS today: on-premise, managed hosting, and SaaS. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, and in order to achieve an integrated laboratory environment for the organization, it is important to consider how these advantages and disadvantages align with an organization’s business goals and requirements.

About Agaram Technologies:

Agaram Technologies Private Limited is a leading provider of enterprise-class Integrated Laboratory informatics software and solutions namely LIMS, QMS, ELN and SDMS. It has earned a leadership position in this market by combining a world class customer experience with a powerful, yet simple and affordable suite of software products. These products have been organically built to seamlessly integrate all Laboratory related functions.

About Qualis LIMS

Qualis LIMS is Agaram Technologies’ state-of-the-art LIMS application that enables the laboratories to perform their tasks in digital and paper-less manner. It provides a very systematic process to record, analyse, approve and report the results in an automated manner besides fulfilling regulatory compliance and industry standards’ requirements.

For more details, please refer: https://www.agaramtech.com/product/qualis-lims/

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