In our ongoing blog series about the difficulties of digitizing R&D labs, we’ve covered data silos, transitioning from legacy systems, ensuring systems remain AI-ready, and how to find a ready-to-use yet highly configurable R&D system

In the last installment of the series, we will discuss how to easily expand your R&D platform beyond formulating and testing.

The Challenge With Expanding Your R&D Platform to Other Functions

When a company adopts a new R&D system, it marks a significant turning point, as the resources, time, and effort invested can result in long-term benefits. However, not every software system is built to incorporate multiple workflows, making it difficult to add new teams outside of R&D.

Integrating a new workflow into an old system can be costly, labor-intensive, and may yield little returns. Technical issues can also prevent companies from migrating other teams into a unified system. Legacy R&D software is often rigid and lacks the capabilities required to support new features that teams migrating into the system need.

The best solution is to move to a system that can accommodate multiple workflows from the get-go. You want to look for a system that is both ready out-of-the-box and allows for configurability when needed.

So, when selecting R&D software, companies must consider the solution's long-term impact. Does the software offer configurability to ensure teams can add more workflows without a tedious and expensive process?

Alchemy’s platform was built to be scalable, and it can help organizations extend their R&D capacities without compromising quality or straining their budget.

Alchemy: Designed for Expansion

Alchemy was designed with expansion in mind, allowing customers to easily incorporate new workflows without requiring major development projects. This makes the expansion process affordable and stress-free.

Our library of configurable workflows enables the addition of quality control, analytical and application testing, and more, with little to no friction on your teams when transferring to a new system. The Alchemy platform can also integrate with existing systems, such as a CRM, ERP, or SAP.

With Alchemy, companies can manage and share all types of data management, including materials management, formulation management, test data management, sample management, batch management, and product management, on a unified platform. This helps to avoid data silos and makes it easier to add additional workflows without starting from scratch.

Alchemy also offers other tools and resources to support platform expansion, including:

Features of the Alchemy Platform


Expanding your R&D platform beyond formulation and testing can be complex and pricey. However, the task becomes less daunting and risky with the right base software. Alchemy is one such platform, engineered with scalability at its core. It offers a range of digital workflows that can be readily configured to match your requirements for any function at your company.

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