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 company has announced some major sales, some minor product releases, and appointed a new VP and CFO.
SirsiDynix reports major sales for both its Unicorn and Horizon flagship products, and in the first three months of 2006, Horizon sales announcements outnumber those for Unicorn by far. Sales of Horizon to large municipal libraries include the Toronto Public Library in Canada and the Queens Library in New York. In the U.K., the Angus Council and Peterborough City Council selected Horizon. Down under, the City of Unley in Australia, Catholic Theological College, and Ormond College will all be implementing Horizon. Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, also announced its intention to implement Horizon.
But the company reports only one Unicorn sale during the same period; the Prairie Area Library System, a recently formed consortium created from the merger of three other consortia, will consolidate its libraryautomation operations into a single implementation of Unicorn. This Unicorn system will support 95 libraries as full participants and 202 additional libraries that add their holds into the system’s union catalog.
People and Products
SirsiDynix recently made two high-level executive appointments too. In March, Dean McCausland, joined the company as chief financial officer replacing Larry D. Smith, a fifteen-year veteran of Sirsi and SirsiDynix. McCausland’s previous posts include CFO of Fast Channel Network, Inc., and consulting roles at Arthur Andersen and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Talin Bingham joins SirsiDynix as its new senior VP of technology, and Jack Blount, CEO/president of Dynix prior to its acquisition, had been serving as interim CTO and continues to participate in the company as an executive consultant.
In the product development arena, SirsiDynix reports a partnership with Fast Search and Transfer (FAST) to use that company’s FAST InStream technology embedded as the search technology for SirsiDynix Rooms. The next version of Unicorn, dubbed version GL3.1, is scheduled for delivery this spring. Although no date for the general release of Horizon 8.0 and Corinthian 8.0 has been publicly announced, that major revamp of the Horizon automation is expected later this year as well.