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Perspective and commentary by Marshall Breeding
The consolidation of the library automation business continues abroad as well as among the companies familiar to those of us in North America. In recent news, DS, one of the major companies involved in the United Kingdom has been acquired by Axiell Group, a company that develops library automation in for Nordic countries.
In Jan 2008 Axiell Group reorganized itself into three business units. The acquisition of DS adds a fourth:
In 2007 the Axiell Group reported revenue of 21.17 million euro and employs a total of 117 personnel.
The full acquisition of DS by Axiell Group follows a successful collaboration where the two companies worked together to produce a next-generation interface product, Axiell Arena/DS Arena, that would work across the automation products of both companies.
Marshall Breeding May 5, 2008 07:51:12 Link to this thread
In another major transition, Civica a UK-based company that offers the Spydus library automation system and a number of IT products for local governments, is in the process of being acquired by 3i, a major private equity firm. Prior to this acquisition, Civica was a publicly traded company on the AIM exchange. Spydus, formerly Urica, is one of the dominant library automation systems in Australia, has a large portion of the libraries in Taiwan, has a growing portion of libraries in the United Kingdom, and has a presence in many other geographic sectors.
I have written an article on the transition of Civica and the background of Civica and its Spydus automation that will appear in the June 2008 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter published by ALA TechSource.
Marshall Breeding May 5, 2008 08:30:52 Link to this thread