PROVO, Utah - January 10, 2004 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, announced today the immediate availability of a software developer kit (SDK) designed to help vendors build Web applications that interact with the Horizon Information Management System using Vendor Integration Protocol (VIP).
VIP enables libraries to send an ISBN search directly to vendor sites to determine title availability and then transfer bibliographic and pricing information to an acquisitions purchase order line record. The technology was developed by Dynix in 2003 to provide additional service to Horizon customers by helping them streamline the time-consuming acquisitions process. The SDK provides all the pieces necessary to develop the Web service that interfaces with Horizon.
Using VIP, Baker & Taylor, BWI, and Ingram were the first vendors to configure their systems to receive ISBN searches and send return messages containing bibliographic information without operator intervention. VIP technology built into Horizon 7.3.1 creates a process that now enables other vendors to integrate with Horizon using the VIP Software Developer Kit.
"The release of our VIP SDK will extend the number of vendors able to integrate directly with Horizon using Web Services, further enhancing Horizon's place as the leading library management system for acquisitions," said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. "Additionally, our intent is to share the VIP protocol not just with booksellers, but also with other library management system vendors in order to make it a common industry standard, like SIP2 or NCIP."
About W3C and Web Services
W3C is the Internet standards organization that coordinates the development of all standards around Internet technologies. Web Services is a new standard that has begun to see wide spread adoption throughout the Internet community because of its use of XML and the Simple Object Access Protocol for application-to-application communications. It is expected to have very broad appeal, and will enable new services that go beyond today's capabilities. Dynix will play a leading role to drive Web Services-based standards that enable new levels of functionality in the library community. See www.w3c.org/2002/ws for more information about Web Services.
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.