Proprietary vs Open Source LIMS pricing
I had to investigate the cost of proprietary LIMS recently - all very closed, but vendor prices for US government departments as provided by the General Services Administration (GSA) and a few industry professionals provided some insights. I could not but post the findings to corporation made LinkedIn*:
In the big economies, with the help of some community professionals' insights, start-up on a proprietary LIMS seems to range between the equivalents of $60k and $120k. Difficult to work out what gets included, often Instrument interfaces are seen as add-ons, not free.
Using 10 users and a 5 year replacement cycle, 18% to 25% p.a. Maintenance, excluding User Support in some cases, the top-end I guestimate easily breaches $180k. Cheaper than 5 years ago, and good to see prices being more service orientated, but still no freedom to customise, to install on unlimited servers, for unlimited users etc.
Superfluous thus, Professional Open Source LIMS beats that by far, and since it is service based from the bottom up, hard to beat already.
POSS, Professional Open Source Software, is on better terms when it comes to customisation fees though, with every right too, proprietarily punted at $125 - $175 per hour.
*Since establishing the LinkedIn LIMS Circus, much less FOSS FUD is making the rounds on the LIMS groups, do join to give it more weight. Post provocatively.