Wednesday Jun 19, 2013
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May 21, 2013. SirsiDynix releases Enterprise 4.3 and Portfolio 4.3. SirsiDynix released version 4.3 of Enterprise and Portfolio, its premium tools for patron discovery and digital asset management. Version 4.3 brings 24 new features and enhancements to Enterprise and Portfolio, including eResource Central integration, EBSCO Discovery Service integration, and search speed improvements. <<more>>
May 15, 2013. Government Procurement Service selects SirsiDynix for G-Cloud III. From May 2013, SirsiDynix products and services will be offered as G-Cloud iii products via the United Kingdom Government Cloudstore. All SirsiDynix products will be available via Lot 3 Software as a Service (SaaS). <<more>>
May 15, 2013. SirsiDynix eResource Central goes live at Frisco Public Library. SirsiDynix announced that eResource Central, its electronic content management and delivery system, has gone live at Frisco Public Library. After extensive testing, eRC is now delivering e-content from Overdrive and Recorded Books to Frisco Public’s patron-facing catalog. Frisco Public patrons can search e-content alongside physical content, see real-time availability and previews for e-content, and download most titles from within the catalog. <<more>>
May 10, 2013. The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) selects SirsiDynix Symphony and Enterprise. Fujitsu N.I. have won the £25m managed services contract for Libraries NI, the single Public Library Service for Northern Ireland. As part of the core business applications solution, SirsiDynix are partnering with Fujitsu NI for the delivery of the SirsiDynix Symphony Library Management System and Enterprise discovery platform for its content management and discovery tools. SirsiDynix, the world’s leading provider of library technology solutions, will be delivering positive changes to core library systems applications, which will transform the library experience for the Northern Ireland public, as well as introduce greater efficiency in backend staff operations. <<more>>
March 19, 2013. SirsiDynix announces BLUEcloud suite at COSUGI 2013. SirsiDynix unveiled the upcoming BLUEcloud Suite library services platform. BLUEcloud Suite comprises a set of cloud-based administration, discovery, acquisition, and collection management applications that augment libraries’ current Horizon and Symphony systems. The first BLUEcloud Suite applications will be released in summer 2013. Many of the applications will be included as part of the normal Horizon and Symphony maintenance; every application will be available for desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. <<more>>
March 15, 2013. SirsiDynix reveals new mobile circulation client at COSUGI 2013. SirsiDynix revealed SirsiDynix MobileCirc at COSUGI 2013. MobileCirc, available in summer 2013 for both SirsiDynix Horizon and Symphony libraries, is a portable client for circulation, inventory, and shelving tasks. MobileCirc will be released as an Android or iOS app or as a browser-based web app. <<more>>
March 14, 2013. SirsiDynix welcomes 88 new library systems to the SirsiDynix Symphony family at COSUGI 2013. SirsiDynix announced that 88 new library customers migrated to SirsiDynix Symphony in 2012. SirsiDynix CEO Bill Davison welcomed the new customers into the growing SirsiDynix library community during the keynote session of COSUGI, the largest user conference of SirsiDynix customers. The new Symphony customer libraries migrated from a number of other ILS providers, including Polaris, Innovative, ExLibris, OCLC, Follett, Bookmark, Civica, TLC, Koha and others. In addition to these new customers, 25 existing SirsiDynix customers upgraded their system to Symphony ILS. <<more>>
February 19, 2013. Recorded Books in Partnership with SirsiDynix Announces eResource Central Integration. Recorded Books, a leading provider of library services around the world and the largest independent producer of unabridged audiobooks, announces their partnership with SirsiDynix and their new integration with the SirsiDynix eResource Central service to make audiobooks easily accessible to library users. <<more>>
January 24, 2013. Recorded Books and SirsiDynix Announce eResource Central Integration. Working together to make audiobooks easily accessible to library users, SirsiDynix and Recorded Books today announced a partnership to deliver seamless audiobook access to end users via the SirsiDynix eResource Central product. The partnership with Recorded Books was one of the first to be developed for eResource Central and is an important step forward for the project. <<more>>
January 14, 2013. OverDrive and SirsiDynix to deliver eResource Central integration. Furthering its initiative to make e-resources easily accessible to library patrons, SirsiDynix announced its intent to integrate the OverDrive API toolkit into the soon-to-be-released eResource Central. SirsiDynix’ eResource Central will provide one-click electronic resource and e-book delivery. The initiative with OverDrive is a major step forward in the project, making available OverDrive content in a meaningful integration that will benefit both libraries and their users. <<more>>
October 25, 2012. Social Library 1:1. Social Library 1.1 was released today, 25 October 2012. This version focuses on the inclusion of Google Analytics tracking and improvements to the translations. <<more>>
September 10, 2012. Post-Search Sorting and Text it to Me added to to Enterprise/Portfolio 4.2.1. SirsiDynix announced the release of the SirsiDynix Enterprise/Portfolio 4.2.1 search and discovery solution. With the 4.2.1 release of Enterprise/Portfolio, patrons can sort search results by publication date, title, or author using a drop-down menu on the hit list. In addition, Enterprise/Portfolio 4.2.1 comes with a “text it to me” feature, where patrons can text the title, author, call number, and URL of an item in their search results. <<more>>
August 17, 2012. Symphony NCIP 1.7.7 server released. SirsiDynix announced the release of Symphony NCIP 1.7.7 Server, which provides new and enhanced features designed to improve ILL integration and support for Unicode. <<more>>
April 30, 2012. My Account for Horizon and eResource Central integration added to Enterprise/Portfolio 4.2. SirsiDynix announced the release of the SirsiDynix Enterprise/Portfolio 4.2 search and discovery solution. With the 4.2 release of Enterprise/Portfolio, libraries running the SirsiDynix Horizon ILS can provide full My Account features to their patrons, allowing them to log in, make payments, renew items, and manage holds and checked-out items. In addition, Enterprise/Portfolio 4.2 comes ready to integrate with SirsiDynix eResource Central and RefWorks and Zotero citation services. <<more>>
March 13, 2012. SirsiDynix celebrates 10-year anniversary of SirsiDynix developer community. SirsiDynix celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the SirsiDynix Developer Community with the opening of a new and improved SirsiDynix Developer Community website. The new developer site provides increased functionality and a fresh, new interface. The SirsiDynix Developer Community, founded by SirsiDynix’s Ranny Lacanienta (formerly of the Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library) in 2002, is alive and better than ever today with hundreds of code contributions and custom applications created by SirsiDynix customer developers. <<more>>
February 16, 2012. Mississauga Library System selects SirsiDynix Symphony and Enterprise for its library management and discovery needs. The City of Mississauga signed a 10-year agreement with SirsiDynix, the world’s leading provider of library automation products and services, selecting the SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system and the SirsiDynix Enterprise discovery tool as the solutions of choice for the Mississauga Library System. Following a stringent procurement process, SirsiDynix’s library products and services emerged as the best fit for Mississauga Library System to fulfill its goals to provide a state-of-the-art solution built on the latest technology to streamline operations while providing an intuitive and sophisticated user experience. The decision to proceed with SirsiDynix continues the Mississauga Library System’s existing relationship with the technology provider that extends back to 1998 when the library selected their previous Dynix ILS. <<more>>
January 20, 2012. SirsiDynix announces SirsiDynix Social Library, industry’s first native Facebook app. SirsiDynix announced the SirsiDynix Social Library solution, the library industry’s first fully native Facebook application. SirsiDynix Social Library enables library users to search their library’s catalog, place holds and perform My Account functions without leaving Facebook. <<more>>
January 20, 2012. SirsiDynix eResource Central gains momentum with added functionality and partners. SirsiDynix a next generation electronic resource management solution for libraries, originally announced at the 2011 North American user group meeting. eResource Central bridges the gap between content providers and users, enabling libraries to manage and deliver e-resources seamlessly and cost-effectively while also handling traditional collections with proven solutions used today by more than 3,600 libraries worldwide. Initial release to select partner libraries is scheduled for Q2 of this year. <<more>>
December 15, 2011. SirsiDynix Symphony 3.4.1 brings SMS notifications, indexing enhancements and more. SirsiDynix, the world’s leading provider of library automation solutions, today announced the 3.4.1 release of the company’s flagship SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system. SirsiDynix Symphony, the most comprehensive ILS available in the industry, features state-of-the-art modules for all the functionality a library needs. Version 3.4.1 builds upon this platform with numerous efficiency-enhancing features including the ability to send SMS notifications. <<more>>
December 6, 2011. SirsiDynix BookMyne 3.0 brings customization, Android support. SirsiDynix announced the 3.0 release of the BookMyne mobile application. BookMyne 3.0 brings the complete mobile capabilities of BookMyne to Android mobile users and improves on its sleek interface with streamlined navigation for users. With this release, library customers can also opt to create their own customized version of the leading library mobile application by selecting BookMyne+. <<more>>
October 28, 2011. New deal for statewide library access in South Australia. A partnership between State and Local Government has selected global library software provider SirsiDynix for the innovative One Library project. Under the project, a single card will give users anywhere in South Australia access to more than 4 million items from any of the State's 135 public libraries. The One Library Management System was originally estimated to cost $7.2m but will now cost $4.6m - a saving of $2.6m - including project management and implementation. Final contract negotiations with SirsiDynix are expected to be completed within weeks. <<more>>
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SirsiDynix is a wholly owned portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners.
SirsiDynix offers the following Integrated Library Systems:
A total of 9987 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by SirsiDynix.
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|Oct 3, 2011||
Bill Davidson named Chief Executive Officer of SirsiDynix.|
|Dec 16, 2010||
Matt Hawkins named SirsiDynix CEO.|
SirsiDynix consolidates support operations in Provo.|
SirsiDynix continues development of Horizon, releasing version 7.5.|
|Jun 19, 2007||
Gary Rautenstrauch appointed CEO of SirsiDynix.|
|Mar 13, 2007||
SirsiDynix announces consolidation of products.|
|Feb 16, 2007||
Patrick Sommers steps down as SirsiDynix President and CEO.|
|Dec 27, 2006||
Vista Equity Partners acquires SirsiDynix.|
|Apr 15, 2006||
SirsiDynix announces partnership with Serials Solutions.|
|Jun 1, 2005||
Sirsi Corporation acquires Dynix.|
|Jan 13, 2005||
Sirsi Corporation acquires Docutek.|
Dynix partners with Starsoft for Horizon 8.0 development.|
Ameritech Library Systems becomes epixtech.|
|Jun 12, 2002||
Jack Blount named President and Chief Executive Officer of epixtech.|
|May 17, 2001||
SIRSI Corporation acquires DRA for $51.5 million.|
|Jan 13, 2001||
Patrick Sommers appointed President of Sirsi Corporation.|
Sagebrush partners with Sirsi for Accent.|
|Nov 5, 1999||
21st Century Group and Green Leaf Ridge acquire Ameritech Library Systems from South Central Bell.|
Ameritech Library Systems acquires URSA.|
Sirsi Corporation recapitalized by CEA Capital Partners.|
Sirsi Corporation moves to renovated Woolworth’s Building at 100 Washington Street SE in downtown Huntsville.|
|Nov 5, 1996||
Lana Porter named President of Ameritech Library Services.|
Data Research Associates acquires MultiLIS.|
Ameritech Library Systems formed.|
Data Research Associates acquires INLEX/3000.|
Dynix obtains rights to the PALS system from Unisys Corp.|
Data Research Associates acquires Starlight Management System .|
Data Research Associates issues IPO.|
Ultimate Corp sells its stake in Dynix for $2.2 million.|
Ameritech acquires Dynix Systems.|
Ameritech acquires NOTIS Systems.|
Marquis launched as first client/server library automation system.|
Ameritech acquires LS/2000 from OCLC.|
The Ultimate Corporation of East Hanover, NJ invests in Dynix.|
Dynix Management buys out Eyring Research Institute ownership in Dynix.|
Eyring Research Institute acquires 80 percent of Dynix.|
|Aug 22, 1983||
Dynix founded by Paul Sybrowsky, Keith Wilson, Jim Wilson, and Ralph Egan.|
Sirsi Corporation launches Unicorn.|
Sirsi Corporation founded.|
The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of SirsiDynix, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2012). SirsiDynix Launches a Native Facebook app, Develops eResource Central
SirsiDynix launched two new products at the ALA Midwinter conference: the SirsiDynix Social Library and eResource Central. These products continue the company's efforts to create forward-looking products and technologies surrounding its ILS products.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (July 2010). SirsiDynix Evolution: Recent Developments in the Context of Broad Corporate Strategies
SirsiDynix has taken a number of actions that consolidate and focus its corporate resources. On May 12, 2010, SirsiDynix launched a new Web site and announced a number of major changes related to its operating facilities and its organizational approach to customer service. These moves represent incremental steps toward a number of longstandingbusiness goals. The company positions its moves as offering significant benefits to the libraries that use its products through improved communications channels and more sensitivity to the individual needs of each customer. As a company that serves something over 20,000 library facilities spanning over 70 countries worldwide, these adjustments will have a broad impact.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (February 2010). Developments at SirsiDynix
SirsiDynix, one of the largest library automation companies, made a number of recent announcements relating to both its products and personnel. December 2009 saw the release of new versions of its major products and the departure of a key executive.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (December 2009). Two major lawsuits jolt library automation industry
In recent months, two major lawsuits have been filed in the the library automationindustry. Queens Borough Public Library filed a complaint on July 2, 2009 against SirsiDynix for breach of contract and 3M has filed suit against EnvisionWare for patent infringement. Both of these lawsuits address interesting issues that bring pivotal libraryautomation legal concerns to the surface. Neither accusation has been proven, and both are still pending legal action or settlement. The complaints filed with the courts stand as public documents exposing the plaintiffs’ concerns in detail. The defendant’s response to those claims may not become public until the issue comes before a court, or may never be disclosed if the parties settle out of court. While major lawsuits attract much attention, they must be considered skeptically until both sides of the matter can be understood.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2008). SirsiDynix launches its Faceted Search Product
SirsiDynix has entered the fray of next-generation library interfaces with the announcement of SirsiDynix Enterprise, a search product that features faceted navigation, built using the GlobalBrain data retrieval technology from BrainWare, Inc.. Both SirsiDynix and BrainWare are portfolio companies of Vista Equity Partners.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2007). Composing a Symphony
SirsiDynix has rebranded Unicorn, their strategic ILS product as Symphony. The company indicates that the initial release of the product will be called Symphony 3.2, reflecting its heritage as an incremental extension of Unicorn 3.1, the last version offered under that name.
Breeding, Marshall, Computers in Libraries (June 2007). The sun sets on Horizon
SirsiDynix announced that it had discontinued development of Horizon and would consolidate its future ILS efforts on Unicorn. Events such as SirsiDynix’s decision to consolidate to a single product cause a great deal of uncertainty and disruption for libraries and detract from the trust that’s necessary for a successful relationship between a library and its automation products supplier. SirsiDynix faces a large challenge in shoring up the trust with the Dynix/Horizon half of its customer base. The prompt delivery of truly outstanding replacement products is the only salve that will heal the wound.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (May 2007). SirsiDynix consolidates Its International operations
SirsiDynix took one step in its reorganization following its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners by establishing SirsiDynix International, consolidating all its operations outside North America. Prior to this move, there were separate and often independent sales, support, and administrative operations, including Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. SirsiDynix has a broad international presence, providing library automation software to libraries in at least seventy countries. The international sector is of critical importance to the future of the company. About 25 percent of the company’s customers lie outside the U.S. and Canada. Due to market saturation in North America, the international sector offers the greatest potential market for new sales. SirsiDynix International will be lead by Keith Sturges.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2007). SirsiDynix ILS set on single course
The June 2005 consolidation of Sirsi Corporation and Dynix created SirsiDynix,which stands as the largest company in the library-automation industry. Although many aspects of the company have been integrated, until recently the company sailed two flagship library-automation systems: Horizon and Unicorn. The company’s mid-March announcement hoists a single flagship—marking a significant change in course—based on the company's Unicorn platform. SirsiDynix entered a new phase of its corporate history when San Francisco-based Vista Equity Partners, a private-equity firm that manages about a $1 billion in assets, acquired it. Announced on December 27, 2006, the transaction closed on January 17, 2007. SirsiDynix reported it would consolidate development efforts into a single ILS platform based on Unicorn. Ongoing development on Horizon has ceased. Horizon 7.4 will be its terminal version. Libraries operating one of the SirsiDynix legacy systems—including Dynix Classic, DRA Classic, INLEX/3000, and MultiLIS—will be offered a migration path to Rome.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (February 2007). Vista Equity Partners acquires SirsiDynix
The ownership of SirsiDynix has changed, as Vista Equity Partners, a large private equity firm based in San Francisco, will acquire 100% of the company. The parties involved made public their definitive agreement for the sale on December 27, 2006; the deal was expected to close by mid-January 2007. SirsiDynix shifts from a company supported by venture capital into the increasing fold of companies owned by private-equity firms, which assert a more strategic view aimed at increasing value of the company over the longer term.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (July 2006). Strategic Development: SirsiDynix and Serials Solutions
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (May 2006). SirsiDynix Status
Almost a year has elapsed since Sirsi acquired Dynix to form SirsiDynix in June 2005. During this period, the company has begun to take a more unified shape and is beginning to show its muscle as the powerhouse of the industry. In the last few months, the companyhas announced some major sales, some minor product releases, and appointed a new VP and CFO.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2005). Settling into SirsiDynix
Following the announcement in June 2005 that Sirsi Corp. would acquire Dynix, the formerly separate companies have been hard at work blending into a single organization. By the end of September 2005, the company publicized who will fill the top- and mid-level management positions. Overall, the executive management structure of the former Sirsi Corporation remains in tact, and most Dynix execs remain onboard as well. The headquarters of SirsiDynix will be located in Huntsville, Alabama. The Dynix office in Provo, Utah, will remain in operation as will the Sirsi office in St. Louis, Missouri. Business, personnel, and administrative functions have been consolidated and will be run out of Huntsville. Pat Sommers leads the company as president/CEO;Jack Blount, former Dynix CEO, continues as senior technical consultant and acting chief technology officer. At year-end 2004, the combined workforce of the two companies totaled 789 full-time equivalent personnel.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2005). SirsiDynix: the new super-sized ILS company
Days before ALA's late-June Annual Conference and Exposition in headquarter-city Chicago, two major ILS players, Sirsi and Dynix, announced the companies’ pending merger. The agreement the two privately owned companies signed initiates the colossal effort the organizations will undertake in order to emerge as the largest library automation company in the industry: SirsiDynix. The combined company will employ more than 725 and will have potential annual revenues of more than $125 million.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2005). Sirsi and the NDP
Via the Normative Data Project, or NDP, which Sirsi recently signed on to, Sirsi aims to build an extensive database of library transactions (extracted from libraries nationwide) that can be combined with GIS and demographic data to create a powerful resource that will reveal very specific trends of substantive interest to library decision makers. Ultimately, the NDP hopes to help enable these decision makers to shape their collections and distribute their branches in ways that will improve their services, i.e., better targeting of under-served patrons.
Breeding, Marshall, Information Today (February 2002). SIRSI announces the demise of Taos: another system falls away in the library automation market
Breeding, Marshall, Information Today (July/August 2001). SIRSI Acquires DRA
Consistent with the trend toward consolidation in the library automation industry, SIRSI Corp. has purchased one of its major competitors, Data Research Associates, Inc. While SIRSI has been steadily attracting new customers and developing new products, DRA has been facing declining revenues, a steady decrease in libraries operating its older products, and sluggish acceptance of its next-generation Taos library automation system. This acquisition further strengthens SIRSI’s position in the marketplace.
Breeding, Marshall, Information Today (March 2000). Epixtech partners with Citrix Systems on ASP solution for library automation
epixtech announced the availability of a new approach in library automation where the company serves as an Applications Service Provider, or ASP, delivering access to its Horizon automation software via the Internet. This new product combines the Horizon library automation software from epixtech and the Application Server Provider program offered by Citrix Systems.
Breeding, Marshall, Information Today (January 2000). epixtech: a new beginning for ALS
Ameritech Library Services (ALS) has been sold. It has undergone a major transition from being a subsidiary of Ameritech—a large telecommunications corporation—to that of a privately owned company. On November 5, Ameritech announced the sale of its ALS division to a pair of investment companies, the 21st Century Group, LLC, and Green Leaf Ridge Co., LLC.
Library Systems Newsletter (November 1999). Ameritech Library Systems changes owners
Ameritech Library Services (ALS) will be acquired by a private investment group led by 21st Century Group and Green Leaf Ridge Company. Headquarters will stay in Provo, Utah and the staff of 520 will grow, rather than shrink, because the reconstituted company's goal is to commit a more substantial portion of revenues to product development and sales. [John Ware, president of 21st Century Group died in May 2010]
Deseret News (Nov 6-7, 1996). Library services firm appoints president
Lana Porter has been named president of Ameritech Library Services. Interim president Roger Sloan resumes his duties as chief financial officer.