A laboratory information management system (LIMS) is composed of more than the LIMS vendor’s software program. It also includes computer hardware such as servers, mainframes and personal computers; peripherals such as data loggers, bar code readers, printers, tape drives, and scanners; operating system software including Unix, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000; databases such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Microsoft Access; reporting software such as Microsoft Access and Crystal Reports; laboratory instruments and networking components such as network interface cards, operating system, and network cabling hubs and routers. Each component plays a role in the success or failure of the LIMS.