According to the survey results, Horizon libraries gave SirsiDynix very low marks as a company (4.32 out of 10) but registered moderate satisfaction for the product itself (5.68). According to the company, "By subscribing to SirsiDynix SaaS, libraries gain all the advantages of technologically advanced tools, but without the costs or the wide variety of duties involved in owning and managing them." Because of this problem, the user has to use copy, cut, and paste, which takes some time. 5. Because of the differences in record structures of prediction patterns and binding patterns in Horizon and Symphony, they cannot be converted online into Symphony.
by Zahiruddin Khurshid and Saleh Al-Baridi, Ph.D. The general perception of libraries is that whileA t the end of 2007, SirsiDynix introduced the first version of Symphony, its new flagship ILS. This article will begin with a look at the evolution of Symphony, user reactions to Sym- phony, and Symphony’s design and functionality. In addition, the authors, along with a team of librarians from Horizon will eventually various functional areas, have recently completed testing of four Symphony 3.2.1 core modules and iBistro, the online catalog, at be phased out, Symphony the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) Li- brary in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where author Khurshid serves is going to stay in the as senior manager for the cataloging operations department and acting senior manager for the systems department, and where au- automation marketplace thor Al-Baridi serves as director-general of libraries. The results and observations from this testing will provide an overview of for a long time. Symphony’s strengths as well as its complexities and constraints. 6 | JULY/AUGUST 2009 » www.infotoday.com COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES symphony: sirsidynix’s flagship integrated library system Please note that the views expressed are our own and alliances. For example, Aleph Yissum Ltd. and Ex Lib- do not necessarily reflect those of our institution. ris Ltd. merged to become Ex Libris in 1995; in 2000, Elsevier purchased Endeavor and The Library Corp. Symphony’s Evolution acquired CARL Corp. The internet and web technology have had a huge In June 2005, the consolidation of Sirsi Corp. and impact in shaping library systems. Fascinated by the Dynix created SirsiDynix, which emerged as the largest new technology, users began to demand from the ven- company in the library automation marketplace (the Li- dors innovative interfaces and tools for managing elec- brary Journal “Automation Marketplace 2009” report tronic content and creating digital library collec- shows that SirsiDynix has a customer base of 3,488 tions. As the next-generation systems evolved, libraries libraries). Prior to the merger, both companies had de- with legacy systems started to migrate to the new sys- veloped and marketed multiple legacy systems, such as tems. Competition for ILS sales became fierce. Those Dynix Classic by Dynix and DRA Classic, MultiLIS, and companies that could not stand the competition INLEX by Sirsi, in addition to their flagship systems— started merging with other companies or formed new Unicorn (Sirsi) and Horizon (Dynix). Between Horizon » www.infotoday.com « JULY/AUGUST 2009 |7 COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES symphony: sirsidynix’s flagship integrated library system and Unicorn there was tough compe- Digital Archiving are some of the prod- tition, but Horizon outsold Unicorn be- ucts SirsiDynix offers as SaaS. Total tween 2004 and 2007. SaaS costs over 3 years can save li- SirsiDynix Chooses Unicorn: braries 39% or more over the costs of Following the merger, SirsiDynix did owning software for the same period. n
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