Who's the team behind BMS Pro?
The Breeding Management System (BMS Pro) is just a part of what the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) offers. The IBP is a not-for-profit organization which provides IT for breeding (of which the BMS is the centerpiece); plant breeding expertise (including consultancy and third party services); capacity building; and online communities and resources for plant breeders. All revenues are reinvested in BMS development and in supporting the IBP's mission in developing countries.
What is the Breeding Management System (BMS Pro)?
The BMS is a software solution to manage your breeding data across all phases of the crop improvement cycle. It includes applications to manage trials, nurseries and seed inventory, run statistical analyses, and support breeding decisions through the gradual integration of genetic markers. It keeps a safe, standardized and centralized record of your data from one generation to the next. Breeding networks and teams get the added advantage of building knowledge, facilitating teamwork and securing institutional memory.
BMS Pro is optimized for server use, and comes with some assistance from our team for installation and configuration. Request a demo or a quote today.
How can I request a guided tour of functionality (demo)?
Leave us a message here We'll get back to you in no time.
Do I have to pay to use BMS Pro?
We charge affordable, graduated fees that take into account users' particular circumstances. The fees are carefully implemented to ensure that every one who wishes to use BMS Pro is able to do so:
- All: Prices and conditions for licenses and services will be scaled in function of the institution’s size, location and vocation (private or public). Request a quote here.
- Subsidized users: people from public or academic institutions in target developing countries can enter in collaboration with us to receive BMS Pro and attendant services at a subsidized rate, where costs can be covered by external resources (donor funds, subsidies, etc.).
In all cases, access to BMS Pro and services is conditioned by entering into a formal agreement with us to define rules of engagement, agree on costs or funding sources, and endorse the private license and service agreements.
Can I evaluate the BMS for free before purchasing any licenses?
Of course! We can set you up a temporary cloud instance for you to discover the tool by yourself. Leave us a message here. We'll contact you in no time.
My trial has expired. What happens now?
We will set a call to evaluate your situation together, and establish what licensing conditions and services would best fit your needs.
If you are a public or academic institution based in one of our target developing countries, we can explore how you could get the BMS Pro subsidized in part or in full, within the framework of donor-funded projects.
This will all be detailed in a quote for your consideration. Contact us to set up a call.
What are my options in terms of deploying the BMS?
We deliver the BMS in two ways:
- Software, security, and maintenance upgrades and updates are done automatically and managed by us. This means 0$ in IT costs for you!
- 24/7 availability
- Auto-scaling based on demand
- VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) option to increase security.
- SSL (on demand)
We're committed to Privacy Shield principles and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We don't store any telemetry.
- Your organization's Server Administrator is responsible for scheduling and implementing software, security, and maintenance updates or upgrades to BMS products.
Contact us here to explore other options.
How often do you release new versions of the BMS?
Server: We release windows installers on a quarterly basis.
Cloud: Typically, we update our cloud instances with new features and bug fixes every month.
Where can I get the installers?
Please contact us through our Help Desk to request a trial access. During this period, we will evaluate your needs together to see which licensing and pricing conditions will apply to continue using the software. Open source codes are also available on GitHub.
If you are looking to upgrade an existing BMS instance on your institutional server, please contact the IBP representative assigned to your account. Installers are delivered at every new release to take care of updates.
Is the BMS able to handle multiple crops, with partially different definitions/configurations?
Yes, BMS is a multicrop system. You can customize locations, breeding methods, naming conventions and users for each crop.
The crop I am doing research on is not mentioned on your website as a supported crop. Can I still use BMS Pro?
Yes you can. BMS Pro provides databases with publicly available historical phenotyping, trait, pedigree and genotypic information for some crops. However, it also comes with an empty database that can be used for any crop, and into which you can enter your research data as appropriate. Over time, we will expand the number of crops for which we can provide some preloaded data.
We have historical data stored in different formats (databases, spreadsheets, etc.). Can we easily migrate them to BMS Pro?
Yes. BMS Pro has in-built tools allowing you to import datasets. We also have a team of well-seasoned data managers to help you with the migration and organization of your historical data.
Does the client require any installation on the end-users computer or does it run in the browser?
BMS runs on a web server. Breeding view, our statistical analysis module, has to be installed on the end user computers to run analyses.
So, what will a quote consist of?
A quote includes the following information:
Do I need to register as a user in BMS Pro if I am already registered as member of the IBP community?
Yes, you will need to create a BMS Pro account. Account login information is not shared between the IBP website and your instance of the BMS Pro. As a result, you will need to set a User ID and Password for the BMS, which need not be the same as those for the IBP website.
I forgot my password to open a session in BMS Pro. How can I retrieve it?
On the Sign In page, click on the ‘Forgot your password?’ link to retrieve your password. Enter your username and the answer to your security question when prompted.
NOTE: Your BMS Pro password is not the same as your IBP website password.
I'm stuck. How can I get help on how to use BMS Pro?
The How to section on this site has a bunch of resources to help you! There you'll find:
- a complete user manual
- tutorials to walk you through functionality
- videos presenting key features
- a knowledge base with support articles for more specific instructions and troubleshooting
- technical documentation
If all else fails, contact us directly through our Help Desk.
Do you offer any training?
As a client institution using BMS Pro, an introductory workshop to the tool will usually be included in your service package. Additional courses can be added to this package for an extra fee, on BMS usage but also on themes such as breeding, molecular breeding, data management, advanced statistical techniques; phenotyping and experimental station management. More information is available in the Services section.
If you are interesting in organizing a BMS workshop or a professional course for your institution, please contact us.
Finally, this other section of our website provides free online educational material for registered members.
How can I cite the Breeding Management System (BMS Pro) in my work?
Please use the following entry:
"The IBP Breeding Management System (BMS Pro) Version 13 (2020). The Integrated Breeding Platform. https://www.integratedbreeding.net; https://www.bmspro.io"
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