How much did you pay for that LIMS Award?
by Ephraim Gadsby
I was looking at the web site of a scientific computing magazine this evening and it caused me to write this blog entry. In looking at the list of Products of the Year for 2005, over 90% were those that advertised in the magazine.
Let's just look at the LIMS category...
First, I noticed that Everyone's a winner who is on the list...of advertisers.
Second, there are 5 LIMS vendors that have won the award. When you think of an award, you usually think of first, second and third place awards but in this case they don't have 3 ranked winners, they have 5 winners with apparently the same rank. You don't want to slight your advertisers now do you.
So all of this leads to the question.... "How much do you have to pay to get one of those great awards?"
I wonder if the award is genuine glass or genuine plastic.
I really hope that no one buys a LIMS based upon this stuff. As a LIMS consumer, the opinion of a magazine that sells ads is worth as much as the paper their magazine is printed on.
As for the LIMS vendors who get the award, I would have typically said congratulations but you would be better served not to make too much of this type of award. It is more of a liability than an asset. The best award you can receive, is the one from your client; not the coloured paper or plastic one you get for being a good advertiser.
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