Leiden/Oberhaching, 27 June 2005 – OCLC PICA B.V. in Leiden (the Netherlands) – one of the most successful library systems developers and suppliers – has decided to acquire all shares of Sisis Informationssysteme GmbH in Oberhaching (Germany). With this step, OCLC PICA extends its system development resources, product technology and services with those from an excellent player in the same field. Thanks to the joint forces, the new organization will be able to offer the best products and services to its customers, doing so quicker and at controlled costs.
But there is more: paper turns into electronics, tasks in libraries change and systems need to be linked seamlessly – not just within libraries, but also within the institutions that they are part of. OCLC PICA, the leading European library cooperative offering an extensive range of advanced and reliable products and services to libraries, their employees and users, acknowledges that investing in resources is necessary to stay ahead of that constantly changing demand in library management systems and infrastructure. Rather than adding more and more to its staff base, OCLC PICA decided to find a more efficient way to build up its organization.
Sisis Informationssysteme GmbH is a well known and respected provider of library management systems and portal software, active mainly in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Also the Sisis Informationssysteme management was looking for ways to enable further investments into product and market development, in order to maintain and further build on its current market share and product quality. The acquisition of Sisis Informationssysteme offers a perfect framework for the expansion for both.
Thanks to this decision, both OCLC PICA and Sisis Informationssysteme can make use of each other's technology, capabilities and skills for offering their customers more and faster product extensions and updates. The other advantage of this development is that both can offer better, local service to their customers by making use of the local knowledge and service organizations. Especially OCLC PICA's plans to offer its German customers enhanced service and support have been accelerated by this development.
With the strengthened development resources the products can be further enhanced and therefore users profit from the best of both worlds. As yet, the brand names will remain and the existing contacts will stay the same for all the customers.