Dynix and NOTIS Systems are now officially Ameritech Library Services. While many of the management and internal operations activities have been consolidated in Provo, Utah, NOTIS still exists as a sales and customer support office in Evanston, Illinois--in fact, it is expanding that role to sell three automated library systems to the academic library market: Dynix, Classic NOTIS, and Horizon--the last the client/server system which appears to have triggered the reorganization when the announced development schedule was found to be very unrealistic.
Ameritech is seeking to renegotiate its 36 agreements for Horizon. Customers will be offered Marquis, also a client/ server product, with a commitment that it will be immediately available, and will be enhanced to include all of the functionality committed for Horizon. While quite complete as a circulation and OPAC product, Marquis' acquisitions and serials control modules will be significantly changed by the time Release 4.0 comes out in the first half of 1995. Interim release 3.2, due out later this year, will include the reserve book room submodule which most academic libraries require.
Of ten Horizon customers contacted by ISCI, only one-not an academic library-plans to enter into negotiation with another vendor. Of the others, three had already completed negotiations for the proposal, four were preparing to negotiate, and two were still considering their options. All have seen demonstrations of Marquis and six were favorably impressed with it as it is, and expect the Horizon product based on it to be acceptable. The reservations of the others appear to be less about functionality than concern about losing the close working relationship they had enjoyed with the Horizon development staff at NOTIS.
[Contact: Ameritech library Services, 400 Dynix Drive, Provo, UT 84604; (801) 223-5200 or (800) 288-8020; Fax (801) 223-5202.]