"We felt we were in a good position to lend corporate assistance to extend the support of these systems," said Paul Sybrowsky, Dynix president. "Dynix already has a good working relationship with Unisys, and we will offer PALS clients more control over the future of their library systems. Also, by leaving intact the agreements and organizations through which PALS clients receive their support and new developments, this alliance has no impact on Dynix's ability to support its own client base."The PALS software was developed originally by Mankato State University Systems, in Mankato, Minn., for use in the university system. In the mid-1980s, Unisys acquired exclusive marketing and support rights for PALS software outside the Minnesota university system. PALS clients will be able to remain on their existing PALS software with support for a minimum of at least two years or migrate to a new PALS version developed by Mankato State with support for a minimum of three years.
Dynix Inc., a subsidiary of Ameritech, is the world's premiere library automation corporation and currently serves more than 1600 libraries worldwide with offices in North American, Europe, Australia, South America, Asia and the Pacific Rim.