DRA, the company juggling three product lines (DRA Classic, Inlex, and MultiLIS), continues its evolution toward a single client/server product. A prototype was shown at the recent American Library Association Annual Meeting. Three-tier client/server architecture has been used. The operating system of the server shown was Windows NT, but a UNIX version will be available for larger libraries and Open VMS for existing DRA Classic customers who do not wish to change their operating system. The "new product," as it is being called, will be available in general release in the 1997 calendar year. UCLA has already signed up as the first "new name" customer.
DRA is committing more than 8 percent of its operating budget to software development, a high percentage for a well-established company. The company reported that sales were up 19 percent in the first half of 1996 to $18.9 million and earnings were up 42 percent to $1.6 million.
[Contact: Data Research Associates, Inc., 1276 North Warson Road, P.O. Box 8495, St. Louis, MO 63132-1806; (314) 432-1100 or (800) 325-0888; FAX (314) 993-8927; www.dra.com.]