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Component-based development has become a recognized technique for building large scale distributed applications. Although the maturity of this technique, there appears to be quite a significant gap between (a) component systems that are rich in advanced features (e.g., component nesting, software connectors, versioning, dynamic architectures), but which… (More)
The accuracy of commercially prepackaged kits for microbial identification has become well established. Laboratory workers may encounter increasing demands for production of objective data to justify replacement of systems using individual biochemical tests in tubes. The authors present a system of cost analysis in which materials and labor costs are… (More)
The acquisition process has its rewards, particularly for the small provider. But before engaging in an acquisition, providers must first understand the dynamics behind the consolidation trend and know the pitfalls to avoid.