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Board of Directors
- Gary Rautenstrauch -- Executive Chairman
- Christian Sowul -- Board Member representing Vista Equity Partners
- Michael Fosnaugh -- Board Member representing Vista Equity Partners
- Martin Taylor -- Board Member representing Vista Equity Partners
- Matthew Hawkins -- Advisor to the Board of Directors
- Bill Davison -- Chief Executive Officer
- John Gardiner -- Chief Financial Officer
- Scott Wheelhouse -- Senior Vice President for Operations
- Berit Nelson -- Vice President, Library Relations
- Eric Keith -- Vice President Marketing and Business Development
- Rick Branham -- Vice President, Global Accounts and Alliances
- Sheridan Richey -- Vice President Software Development
- Brad Whittle -- Vice President, Global Sales
- Tim Hyde -- Vice President, Professional Services
- David King -- Vice President for Product Development
- Mike Zackrison -- Vice President of Product Management
- Colin Breen -- Director of APAC Accounts and Alliances
SirsiDynix is a wholly owned portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners.
Library automation systems
SirsiDynix offers the following Integrated Library Systems:
- Unicorn (3563 libraries, 11311 facilities in lib-web-cats)
Public libraries: 2019
Academic libraries: 620
School libraries: 573
853 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Horizon (782 libraries, 2458 facilities in lib-web-cats)
Public libraries: 448
Academic libraries: 195
School libraries: 40
1232 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Dynix (23 libraries, 60 facilities in lib-web-cats)
Public libraries: 11
Academic libraries: 1
School libraries: 3
2480 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- DRA (0 libraries, 0 facilities in lib-web-cats)
Public libraries: 0
Academic libraries: 0
School libraries: 0
1497 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- INLEX/3000 (0 libraries, 0 facilities in lib-web-cats)
Public libraries: 0
Academic libraries: 0
School libraries: 0
178 libraries have migrated away from this system.
A total of 13829 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by SirsiDynix.
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Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides
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 (December 2013). SirsiDynix Acquires EOS International
SirsiDynix has acquired EOS International from its cofounder and Chief Executive Officer Scot Cheatham effective November 1, 2013. The transaction was conducted entirely from financial resources within SirsiDynix without additional backing from its private equity owner, Vista Equity Partners. The acquisition of EOS International will expand the presence of SirsiDynix in the small library arena, and will strengthen its overall position in terms of revenue, customers served, and product offer ings. SirsiDynix provides a stable and expansive business environment for the ongoing support, development and marketing of EOS International products.
Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (June 2012). SirsiDynix Development Strategies
In recent years, SirsiDynix has been executing a development agenda that provides libraries with tools and interfaces to improve access to their collections and services. The company continues to make improvements in the functionality of its strategic integrated library systems, Symphony and Horizon, concentrating especially on the development of patron-facing tools. These interface products address the different methods with which patrons might want to access the library: BookMyne and BookMyne+ for iOS and Android based mobile devices, Enterprise and Portfolio for the Web, and the Social Library for Facebook. SirsiDynix has also launched eResource Central for access and management of e-books, complementing the capabilities of its Symphony and Horizon ILS products in managing a library's print collection.
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 (June 2005). The chronicles of Dynix
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.