AUSTIN, TEXAS, March 1, 1999 - In an effort to provide schools with complete software and hardware solutions, Nichols Advanced Technologies has entered into an agreement with Dell Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: DELL) and joined the Dell Education Alliance.
The Dell Education Alliance (DEA) enables schools to tailor hardware and software solutions, and integrate technology into classrooms, libraries, and administrative offices. Nichols, developer of the top-rated Athena library automation system, joins a powerful consortium of providers to help further this goal.
To simplify the process of buying software and hardware, all of Nichols' Athena software solutions have been tested and validated on Dell systems. Customers will benefit from solutions that not only lead their respective industries, but that are also guaranteed to be compatible.
"The bottom line is that this relationship with Dell allows us to better serve our customers," said D. Bruce Butler, president of Nichols. "As a member of the Dell Education Alliance, we can bring complete software and hardware automation solutions to schools and districts. Nichols and Dell complement each other perfectly. We hope to be able to work closely together to realize our mutual goal of improving technology in schools and school libraries."
"Dell is committed to providing the best technology solutions for K-12 schools," said Ro Parra, senior vice president and general manager of Dell Public, Americas and International. "The Dell Education Alliance takes the burden off the schools by meeting their technology needs. The DEA ensures quality of product, compatibility, and comprehensive solutions for K-12 schools."
Athena is the best-selling library automation system for Windows and is rated #1 by the American Library Association's Library Technology Reports (L.T.R.). In the L.T.R. review of 36 library automation systems, Athena received the highest score overall and in 10 of the 12 categories considered - including features, support, and ease of use. Athena provides complete circulation, searching, cataloging, Internet solutions, cross-platform capabilities, and related functions.
Nichols Advanced Technologies is an Austin, Texas-based company with additional offices in Edmonton, Alberta and La Crosse, Wisconsin. Nichols provides powerful, easy-to-use library solutions for all major microcomputer systems. Founded in 1983, Nichols delivers library automation systems, retrospective conversions, barcode readers, and automation supplies.
Ranked number 125 in the Fortune 500, Dell Computer Corporation is the world's leading direct computer systems company, based on revenues of $13.6 billion for the past four quarters. Dell designs and customizes products and services to end-user requirements, and offers an extensive selection of peripherals and software through the DellWare program. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained through its toll-free number 1-800-388-8542 or by accessing the Dell World Wide Web server at www.dell.com.