- general appearance
- ease of use
- amount of training required
- ease of implementation
- instrument control
- handling of mass spectrometry data
- electronic record and signature implementation (21 CFR Part 11)
- connection to a laboratory information management system (LIMS)
- exporting data
- compatibility of data produced with Multichrom data.
The system user evaluations did not identify a clear 'winner.' The final decision was based on business criteria. These included compatibility with existing hardware and minimum potential disruption to the operating department during roll-out. Because of this, Atlas became the CDS of choice. The cost of implementation was low because the existing infrastructure hardware used for Multichrom could be used, as the software was compatible with Multichrom and therefore data migration would be simpler. Another contributory factor in favour of Atlas was the experience that Covance has had with the vendor for many years regarding CDS and LIMS products.
The operating environment comprised a Dell Poweredge Server 4400. The server uses two Pentium III 866 processors and has 1 GB memory, five 18 GB disk drives (with Raid 5 Stripping with Parity), 4 GB memory for the system drive and 65 GB memory for the Atlas system and data. The system is supported by an uninterrupted power supply (UPS 2200) and is located in a secure computer room, with access restricted to authorized personnel.
- documenting the hardware (servers and clients)
- documenting the Chromservers
- executing the IQ tests
The IQ testing of the Atlas server and clients was successfully completed before the OQ and user acceptance testing (PQ) was started.