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DRA selects Object Design's ObjectStore for new library automation system: Distributed-processing capabilities, full Java support cited as criteria for decision

Press Release: Data Research Associates, Inc. [May 12, 1997]

ST. LOUIS, MO., May 12, 1997 -- Data Research Associates, Inc. (DRA) (NASDAQ: DRAI) today announced that it has selected ObjectStore from Object Design (NASDAQ: ODIS), the leading object database for the Web, as the strategic data management system for its next-generation library automation system. DRA is a leading systems integrator and provider of automation systems and networking services for libraries, with more than 700 system installations serving more than 2500 individual libraries worldwide. In its move from a legacy, files-based system to a new database-driven, distributed architecture, DRA selected ObjectStore for its superior support for distributed processing, its ability to manage the complex hierarchies associated with library automation data and its full support for Java.

DRA's library automation system automates all of the traditional functions of a library including acquisition of materials, cataloging, circulation and others. The next-generation system will offer all the functionality of DRA's legacy system, but will now include robust functionality and distributed-processing capabilities based on ObjectStore. The object-oriented design of the new system is of tremendous benefit to DRA's librarian customers in that it allows the system to more closely parallel real-world workflow patterns, as well as providing tremendous flexibility in customizing both workflow and user interface for the end-user.

"It is important to us to provide our customers, many of whom have systems spread over large geographic regions, with the flexibility to decide how their processing will be distributed," said Michael J. Mellinger, DRA's President and CEO. "ObjectStore allows us to accommodate everything from a server-intensive, thin-client configuration to a fully distributed workstation environment.

We were also impressed with ObjectStore's handling of extremely large records, which are common in research library catalogs."

Mellinger also noted that ObjectStore's support of a wide range of platforms was an additional positive consideration in DRA's choice. "ObjectStore gives us the flexibility to complement our C++ workstation client development with development of new clients in Java, for those customers who want to implement a thin-client architecture," said Mellinger. "In addition, as a pioneer in offering an enterprise-wide Windows NT solution for libraries, DRA is impressed with the excellent set of tools already available for ObjectStore for use in an NT environment."

DRA is the first vendor in the library automation industry to build a system based on a distributed architecture using an object database. It will use the Object Design ObjectStore database to store and manage all library-related data. ObjectStore is also seen by DRA as especially well-suited to handle the increasing amount of non-bibliographic documents and multimedia that are part of libraries' collections, as well as complex library materials such as multi-volume sets, periodicals with irregular publication dates, and flat files of photographs.

"We are very excited to have been selected by the leading provider of library automation systems to play such a crucial role in its next-generation system," said Melissa Webster, Vice President of Marketing at Object Design. "DRA clearly understands the value of offering customers a flexible, distributed system that could only be possible with an object database like ObjectStore."

DRA's legacy system was built using proprietary policy files that enabled the system's extreme flexibility in managing the complex hierarchies associated with library automation. When designing its next-generation system, DRA chose ObjectStore over relational database systems because it enabled even greater flexibility along with full support for distributed architectures.

About Object Design

Object Design, Inc. (, the leader in object data management software, develops and markets the ObjectStore database management system and related tools. The company's products are used to build and deploy Internet, intranet and other distributed computing applications, and are designed to handle the data types and data relationships found on the rapidly expanding World Wide Web. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Object Design sells and supports its products through branch offices across the U.S.; international subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan; and a worldwide network of distributors.

About Data Research Associates

DRA, headquartered in St. Louis, is a leading systems integrator for libraries and other information providers, offering its own proprietary information services software; third-party software and hardware; Internet, World Wide Web and other networking services; and other related support services. Its World Wide Web page is located at

Object Design and ObjectStore are registered trademarks of Object Design, Inc. DRA and the DRA logo are registered trademarks of Data Research Associates, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Publication Year:1997
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:May 12, 1997
Publisher:Data Research Associates, Inc.
Place of Publication:St. Louis, MO
Company: Data Research Associates, Inc.
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Record Number:6233
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