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Good Design

Good design for chemical inventory software

We all know the pain of trying to navigate a piece of software that's unintuitive and poorly laid out.

This type of software is time-intensive, draining, and uninviting to use. It’s a combination that’s particularly harmful, as your users are discouraged from regularly updating their chemical inventory.

There’s a big difference between “I just got a new chemical — let me add it to my inventory now before I forget” and “I just got a new chemical, but I don’t want to interrupt what I’m doing to log it.” Often the scales are tipped by having software that’s easy to use. These small decisions add up to big differences in data quality, which can impact how much you trust your data.

 

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One of the key factors that encourages users to update their inventory is software design. Contrary to what some believe, making software intuitive and easy to use is no simple task.

Fortunately, recognizing good design can be straightforward enough if you know what to look for. (Check out our article on how good software can add hours to your day.)

How do you recognize if software is going to make you and your users dread logging in?

 

Red flags that a chemical inventory system isn’t well-designed:

  1. You have trouble remembering how it organizes data.
  2. It’s difficult to find information when you need it.
  3. It looks like it was made back in the ’90s.
  4. Common actions take unnecessary extra steps or clicks.
  5. Logging in feels clunky.
ChemTracker is the best solution I've encountered for managing laboratory chemical inventory and chemical reporting. It's exciting to know this system is supporting laboratory operations across the world!
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Sarina Schwartz-Hinds Manager, Chemical Solutions | SciShield

When I help onboard our customers with ChemTracker, I never get tired of hearing the appreciation they have for the system. Helping folks get up and running quickly and easily on a system that is so impactful on our customers' day to-day is really gratifying.
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Rachel Jordan Manager, Implementation Services | SciShield

 

We hope you find this guide helpful. If you have any questions about the ins and outs of vetting a chemical inventory software, email chemtracker@bioraft.com to let us know. And if you're wondering exactly what to look for in a high-quality, sustainable chemical inventory software solution, our team of experts is standing by to help you out.

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ChemTracker is packed full of valuable features like robust reporting, auto-converting units, an unparalleled chemical database, and barcode/QR code/RFID support.

Give us 15 minutes, and we'll review:

  • What you need from a chemical inventory system.
  • Whether we're a good fit for your needs.
  • Strategies for securing budget.
  • Overview of options for migration and implementation.