What Is Alchemy?
Simply put, Alchemy is something new.
The lab is the nexus of numerous business processes. Customer opportunities come in from sales. Product line requirements come in from marketing. Labs do projects for both sales and marketing and run their own projects on top. Each sample has a lifecycle within a project. Chemists are the driving force behind all of this work.
From a software standpoint, the information related to each of these business processes is disconnected and spread across different systems. CRM tracks the workflow of salespeople. LIMS tracks the workflow of samples. There isn’t great software that properly tracks the non-linear workflow of projects and chemists. And no software has ever connected all four, until now.
How Does Alchemy Do This?
Alchemy's core configuration engine quickly interprets requirements for lab workflows and renders custom applications that chemists use in their labs to do their work. These applications are based on each customer's unique ontology and feed a custom semantic data model Alchemy defines specific to each customer.
As chemists work in Alchemy-generated applications, they enter, use, search, and reuse data from the system via a web UI. As they work, Alchemy stores, assigns meaning to, and establishes relationships across a clean, meaning-and relationship-rich, digital dataset. The data in the system has meaning to the system, so the system can learn from it and you can run AI/ML. The architecture is depicted here.
Alchemy Technical Architecture
What Are the Business Benefits of Alchemy’s Architecture?
Alchemy’s architecture enables significant customization without sacrificing speed and gives you a holistic view of your lab operations for optimization.
You can quickly build and edit a library of custom applications via simple web UI. These custom applications are based on your actual chemist workflows, so you can optimize at multiple levels: opportunity, project, project type, project stage, task, chemist, or formula.
Alchemy collects data from chemists as they do their work, and can ingest relevant data from CRM and from lab equipment directly or from LIMS. This enables you to aggregate, relate, and analyze lab data holistically across all of your lab operations.
What Are the Technical Benefits of Alchemy’s Architecture?
Alchemy is powerful relative to legacy apps which are based on fixed data models. Our primary technical advantages are that we enable:
- Speedy generation of a custom semantic data model, workflows (i.e., custom applications), and rules for each customer based on their chemistries, products, processes, organizational structure and geographic dispersion via web UI.
- Editing of all components via web UI that can be pushed to production in real-time.
- Built-in reporting engine across all data types, time, and workflows.
- Backward compatibility of configuration changes to maintain reporting integrity.
- Centralized management of your library of applications, ontology and data relationships.
- Centralized digital dataset on which to run AI/ML.
- Time-stamped activity tracking for compliance.
Alchemy is a next-generation application platform that transcends the capabilities of "legacy" software to which the industry has become accustomed. Alchemy solves multiple technical and operating challenges by generating a custom ontology, semantic data model, and rule set for each customer on which their custom applications are generated. For the first time, companies can centrally manage and optimize across diversified lab operations and lab staff can be empowered with access to clean, meaningful, and relationship-rich data at scale.
“Easy to understand system with tremendous flexibility and industry-specific workflows - the upside here is undeniable.”
“Seeing that materials created in the system can be dynamically linked to create TDS/SDSs is a game changer.”
“The best experience was how detailed the live demos were. I rarely see such quality in a full rollout, much less a trial.”
“Translating what was learned during the one-on-one sessions and actually doing it in Alchemy was awesome.”