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Buy vs. Build

Did someone in your lab create a software or spreadsheet-based application which solved your immediate processing problem at the time? If you have a tactical point solution that was developed in house, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does it still fit your processes?
  • Is it easy to update?
  • Is the person who created it still on your staff? If they’ve left, does someone else know it well enough and have the skills to update it?
  • Will it fit your needs if legislation changes?
  • Will it fit your needs five years in the future?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, that homegrown app could really be costing you.

Most of the problems facing your lab may have already been experienced by one or more of our customers. That’s why they chose a STACS® product.

STACS products are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software solutions that can be customized to meet your lab’s needs. Choosing a COTS solution has many advantages:

  • Inherent best practices: Benefit from a 18 years of knowledge obtained from helping DNA laboratories reliably increase their throughput, data integrity, process integrity and auditability. The solutions are proven by labs like yours.
  • Scalability: The software is scalable to meet your needs today and in the future
  • Maintenance: Receive regular upgrades, which often include features requested by other labs similar to yours
  • Support: Our exemplary customer service team is here to help
  • Customization: Our staff are experts in customizing software to meet your needs
  • Skills: You can focus on what you do best

Ultimately, selecting a reliable, scalable and supported product will reduce your risk and reduce your costs.

Read our free white paper “The Buy vs Build Decision: What’s Best for Your Operations?”

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Is your DNA lab ready for growth?

This brief video highlights how STACS DNA helps your DNA laboratory address challenges, including tracking samples, data quality, preventing errors and more.

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What customers are saying about STACS DNA:

“It is essential to the job we do.”

“If people sit down and look at their process, they would understand STACS is the way to go to fix their process.”

“[With STACS DNA,] we were able to customize the program to meet our needs.”

“STACS DNA is willing to work with customers to solve issues that come up.”