DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Sept. 29, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems celebrates ten years in business today while looking forward to a future bright with opportunity, developments and exciting ideas for the evolution of library software. Endeavor has grown in just ten short years from a start-up software company to today's position as a leader in the top tier of the world's library technology developers.
Incorporated Sept. 29, 1994, Endeavor Information Systems was founded as a start-up software firm with the goal of creating technology systems for academic, special and research libraries. Purchased by Elsevier in 2000, Endeavor continues to develop creative library software systems for libraries around the world. The original goal of the company is still in place today, “provide seamless access to information, regardless of its location or format,” but is evolving and expanding as libraries with progressive goals look for new opportunities to extend end-user access.
Influential in the Chicagoland and the Midwest software industry, the world information industry and among library technology developers, Endeavor provides worldwide service and support through the headquarters office in Des Plaines, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and regional offices in Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
“Although 10 years have brought many changes, Endeavor's commitment to open, intelligent and accessible library software systems has remained constant. Our library customers know Endeavor is a dependable provider of cutting-edge library software technologies, with dedicated and talented employees,” said Verne Coppi, Vice-President of Development and one of the original founders of Endeavor. “Endeavor's library customers are a key part of our success and growth. We enjoy working with so many libraries that are quick to recognize the value of Endeavor's combination of incorporating new technologies while building on proven standards for unique library technology systems.”
"In the past 10 years, Endeavor has achieved unprecedented success. Positive library customers, a dedicated staff, an expansive line of proven software systems, and a clear vision for the future are key factors for continued success,” said Roland Dietz, Endeavor President and CEO. “Together with our parent company, Elsevier, Endeavor will continue to have the financial backing, research and development resources, and corporate strength to enhance the information access experience. As Endeavor continues to expand the traditional library automation experience, provide successful federated search and linking systems, and delve into opportunities with e-learning integration and institutional repository management, Endeavor's systems will continue to create real value for the long-term strategies of libraries around the globe.”
From VC Funding to Self-Ownership to Global Influence
Founded in 1994 by former employees of Ameritech-NOTIS, Endeavor Information Systems began as an employee-owned company. Financing was obtained from a venture capital firm in San Mateo, California. In February 1999, Endeavor bought out its investor, resulting in 100 percent employee ownership of the organization.
In a strong financial position, Endeavor looked at several partners and chose a company with similar vision for the library industry. Endeavor Information Systems was purchased in April 2000 by Elsevier Science Inc., the world's largest scientific, technical and medical information provider. The strategic move allowed both companies to expand the scope of their services to libraries, uniquely positioning both companies to broaden the delivery of electronic content throughout the academic and research library marketplace.
Library Customers are Key to Success
Endeavor's success is largely influenced by the input and advancements of nearly 1300 Endeavor customers worldwide. Endeavor's customer base includes 35 members of the Association for Research Libraries and 10 national libraries (or libraries that act as national libraries), as well as diverse libraries in sixteen countries, 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; and five Canadian provinces. Endeavor holds the distinctions of working with the largest library in the world, the largest library in the Southern Hemisphere, and the world's largest research library devoted to a single scientific and professional field.
A Full Range of Library Software with Superior Technology
Endeavor is a company with smart leadership, creative staff, and a determination for success, but most of all, an organization with a passion for cutting-edge technology. Turning heads in 1994, Endeavor was the first library automation vendor to employ a client-server, open architecture design, with the Voyager integrated library system based entirely on an Oracle® relational model.
Voyager continued to set precedents, evolving with seamless bib record linking from the OPAC in 1995; establishing a system for maximizing access to local and remote citation databases plus providing "hooks" to local holdings, full text articles and links across databases in 1996, then integrating the Z39.50 standard in 1997 and 856 links to holdings in 1998.
Endeavor continued the trendsetting in 1999, announcing the ENCompass federated search and digital collection management system to work with emerging technologies like XML, XSL, and understanding new data formats like EAD, Dublin Core, and TEI. In 2000, Endeavor released systems that employed new ideas like peer-to-peer technologies and resolution through a glyph server. Endeavor entered the OpenURL-enabled linking arena in 2001 with the LinkFinderPlus link resolver.
In 2002, Endeavor released consortium borrowing and union catalog systems and in 2003 announced plans for integration with popular e-learning management systems through the ENCompass Course Content Integrator. Demonstrating new thought past traditional library roles, in 2004 Endeavor announced the ENCompass for Journals OnSite (EJOS) system, a single point of access for the storage, searching and browsing of locally-held journal content from multiple publishers. This year Endeavor also unveiled development of the Meridian system for electronic resource management.
Endeavor currently supports more than 18 unique technologies for library information management.
A Leader in Software and Information Technology
Widely recognized as a technology leader in library software circles, Endeavor is also influential in the greater software industry. Endeavor has been honored with several technology awards and recognitions, including the Chicago Software Association Lighthouse Award (winner, 2001); I-Street Magazine Top 50 Emerging Tech Companies in Chicagoland (2001); the Chicago Software Association Enterprise Award (finalist, 2000 and 1999); the KMPG Peat Marwick LLP Illinois High Tech Award (winner, 1998); the Deloitte & Touche North American Fast 500 Technology Award (ranked #201, 2000); and the Deloitte & Touche Greater Chicagoland Technology Fast 50 Award (ranked #3, 2000).
Endeavor's employees participate in a number of international committees to continue to guide the development of proposed and established technology standards.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Endeavor Meridian, Voyager, ENCompass, or LinkFinderPlus.