Sirsi Corporation and Dynix Corporation have announced that the two companies are merging to create SirsiDynix, a single company that, according to the announcement, is positioned more strongly than either company on its own to develop and deliver information technology solutions for libraries and consortia around the world.
With detailed planning already being undertaken jointly, the two companies will integrate their worldwide operations. Representatives from both companies are working together to make strategic decisions regarding all aspects of the company's future. Integration and strategic planning for the new company are to be completed in fourth quarter 2005.
Decisions now made include adoption of a strategy to continue full development and support of the Unicorn and Horizon 8.x/Corinthian integrated library system (ILS) platforms; appointment of Sirsi CEO Patrick C. Sommers as chief executive of the new company; and appointment of Dynix CEO Jack Blount as a consultant responsible for completing development of Horizon 8.x/Corinthian and as a member of the company's board of directors. Customers' day-to-day contacts with SirsiDynix sales, service, and support organizations remain unchanged.
The SirsiDynix suite of library technologies now includes the Unicorn and Horizon 7.x Library Management Systems, as well as the next-generation Horizon 8.x/Corinthian platform (the next upgrade to Horizon 7.x) and a host of user interface/portal, content, data-analysis, and productivity solutions.
Going forward, the company will execute on a dual-platform strategy that involves continuing development of both the Unicorn and Horizon 8.x/Corinthian ILS platforms. Unicorn and Horizon users can continue to use their system of choice, just as they had prior to the merger.
Beta testing of Horizon 8.x/Corinthian will begin in fall 2005, with general release scheduled for first quarter 2006. Horizon 8.x is the ILS solution for public, special, and school libraries; Corinthian is for academic and research libraries.
Users of SirsiDynix legacy systems - sites running Dynix, DRA Classic, and MultiLIS systems - will also continue to be supported, just as they were prior to the merger. The company will work with these customers to chart an upgrade pa¢th that works best for
Source: SirsiDynix, http://www.sirsidynix.com/