Computer Translations Inc. (CTI), the company spun off by Brigham Young University to sell the Apple back-up to the CLSI system, has been sold to Management Systems Corporation (MSC) of Salt Lake City. MSC is the second largest Microdata minicomputer dealer in the country with sales estimated at more than $15 million annually. The Microdata is the machine CTI had selected for its new integrated automated library information system. The sale to MSC is expected to provide CTI with additional capital to develop its new system and to market it vigorously.
The new CTI system will be aimed at the same market to which DataPhase and CLSI have been selling. The software includes not only circulation control, but also local cataloging and AV booking. The acquisitions software is in final testing stage, and testing on the serials control subsystem will begin next month. The patron access catalog subsystem will be tested beginning in December. The software packages are priced from $8,000 to $20,000 each. All packages together are priced at $76,000. Hardware prices are claimed to be somewhat lower than the prices charged by DataPhase and CLSI for comparable Date General and DEC equipment. Maintenance prices are higher than for DataPhase and CLSI, running as much as 10% per year of the original purchase price.
One system has been sold--to Brigham Young University Library--as a replacement for an installed CLSI system.