Syracuse, NY. Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) announced today the release of Polaris 1.4. With the release, system performance of the third-generation automation solution has increased dramatically, as reported by the Washington County Cooperative Library System after completion of Version 1.4 benchmark testing.
"With Polaris 1.4, GIS has achieved three important milestones that will benefit Polaris customers," said Katherine Blauer, President, Gaylord Information Systems. "These milestones are improved performance; reduced time-to-market and faster installation of this and all future releases; and delivery of new functionality driven by customer requirements."
The primary goals of Polaris 1.4 development were system optimization and workflow acceleration. To achieve these goals GIS measured customer-specified functionality against existing technical services workflow to determine how new features would enhance flexibility and accelerate workflow. Working directly with senior Microsoftâ engineers, GIS refined a number of database processes to optimize SQL Serverâ and other Microsoft BackOfficeâ utilities. As a result performance is dramatically improved, specifically in the area of record processing.
GIS also implemented a new development process to reduce time-to-market for software releases. Using this new process, GIS completed and delivered Polaris 1.4 ahead of schedule – without compromising customer-required enhancements. The efficiency of the process extends to the upgrade and installation process. "Reducing time-to-market is an important part of our commitment to our customers," Blauer said. "We have an aggressive release schedule set for 2000. We've proven our new processes work and we're confident we will meet and exceed the schedule we've set."
Although the focus of Polaris 1.4 was on performance optimization, the release does provide a number of customer-required enhancements. Eighty-five percent of the Version 1.4 enhancements were based on customer input. These enhancements include bulk change functionality in cataloging to facilitate record processing, scoping availability in the OPAC to assist patrons in locating available items, purchase order templates in acquisitions to expedite ordering, and automatic prediction of serials without enumeration to accelerate workflow.
Polaris is a non-modular, native-Windows NT library automation solution. Polaris offers complete access to integrated cataloging, serials, acquisitions, circulation, patron/student services, and system administration functionality. The system provides a Web-based public access client and a Windows 95/98/NT Workstation-based technical services client. Polaris was built with Microsoft technologies solely for the Windows NT Server platform and SQL Server.
GIS is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 25 year-young software development division of Gaylord Bros., a leading supplier to the library industry for over a century. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers retrospective conversion and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. For more information, visit or contact GIS headquarters at 800-272-3414.