Ameritech Library Services appears to have successfully resurrected the Horizon product name, formerly associated with NOTIS, for its client/server system built around an enhanced Dynix Marquis system. As of late 1994, a reserve book room module had been released for beta testing and development work on all other promised NOTIS Horizon features not already available in the Dynix Marquis product is reported to be on schedule with a general release committed for the second quarter of 1995.
It appears that most existing NOTIS Horizon customers, along with several who had been considering Horizon, have signed new contracts for the revised Horizon product. A total of 36 contracts were signed between late June and the end of 1994; 19 additional contracts were in the completion process at year s end. Some 32 sites were installed in the last six months of 1994, all academic and special libraries. One public library has signed a contract for installation of a Horizon client/server system for early 1995. The combined number of Marquis (40 sites predating the merging of the companies) and Horizon systems installed by year's end was over 100.
Horizon development projects in 1995 will include open environment client software for staff-use modules using Microsoft Windows and OS/2; authority control enhancements; an interlibrary loan nodule; acquisitions enhancements-including hierarchical fund accounting, audit trails, and customizable templates; and increased electronic data exchange between libraries and vendors, and with campus systems.
[Contact: Ameritech Library Services, 400 Dynix Drive, Provo, UT 84604-5650; (801) 223-5200; FAX (801) 223-5202.]