PROVO, Utah—June 17, 2005—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced the general availability of Horizon 7.4 and Horizon Information Portal 4.0. The information portal is one of the first products to be released using our 8.0 infrastructure, and the early feedback from customers has been outstanding.
Built on the open source uPortal project, Horizon Information Portal 4.0 delivers a flexible Web portal environment that will advance libraries beyond a simple online PAC to deliver any type of electronic data. Using channels, libraries will be able to aggregate all types of content including databases, live RSS feeds, applets, embedded HTML and more.
Library users will now be able to customize their online experience to satisfy their unique needs and interests. Upon creating a unique library logon they will be able to subscribe to or unsubscribe from any channel for complete customization. Each time they log onto the system they will be presented with their uniquely customized screen including requests for local library materials and inter-library loan material.
Through Horizon Information Portal's federated searching tool, library users will be able to search from multiple data sources in a single search. Not only will searches be able to point users to the library's physical collection but also electronic and online content as well.
“We've been assisting Dynix with their testing and early deployment,” said David Tsang, Information Technology Librarian of the Newcastle Region Library, “and we are thrilled with the new capabilities of Horizon Information Portal 4.0. The new channel and federated searching tools will propel our library forward to become a true information hub in the online era. Our users like being able to come to one place to search for books in the library and related electronic content at the same time. It's really changing the way our patrons think about and use the library.”
As a precursor to the full Horizon 8.0 package Horizon Information Portal 4.0 demonstrates the power of the platform. Steve Nielsen, Vice President of Product Management, reports “in our labs we've been able to produce response times of less than one second with 250 concurrent users on a Dual Intel Xeon server. These kinds of results demonstrate just how scalable and responsive the Horizon 8.0 technology is. It's a significant win for our engineering team and we're confident it will easily serve the needs of any library, regardless of size.”
Horizon 7.4 will include several updated features including support for 13-digit ISBN numbers and lists to display recently purchased items and the most popular items. Libraries wishing to install Horizon Information Portal 4.0 today must upgrade to Horizon 7.4.
To Learn more about Horizon 7.4 and Horizon Information Portal 4.0 go to the Dynix website at www.dynix.com or contact your local sales representative.
Dynix is the pioneer provider of library management systems and has the largest installed customer base of any library technology vendor. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. Dynix has more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership. Since 1983, Dynix has provided customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.