PROVO, Utah. epixtech, inc., formerly Ameritech Library Services, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of an Application Service Provider (ASP) offering for library automation. This new service uses secured connections over the Internet to deliver its automation software to libraries.
epixtech is the first library automation vendor to provide an ASP. ASP is more than just software—it is a comprehensive service that bundles Horizon software and system administration services into one easy-to-use solution. ASP is run from an Internet Data Center. In the ASP setting, the automation software is accessed through a web browser, but it has the same look and feel as on a local server and responds in the same fashion. Library staff may profile and modify parameters based on the library's requirements.
"We have always been the leader in incorporating the latest technologies into our products and services and we are excited to continue this tradition with our new ASP service," said Lana Porter, president of epixtech. "This creative new service eliminates the necessity of managing a local computer system with server maintenance and software upgrades. The result is increased staff productivity and patron satisfaction by allowing library staff to focus on customer service."
The Jesuit-Krauss-McCormick Library is one of epixtech's first customers to use the ASP solution. "The functionality of the Horizon automation software in the ASP setting is very solid, "said Blake Walter, the systems librarian for the Jesuit-Krauss-McCormick Library. "During our initial tests, the modules load quickly and search results are fast."
The ASP solution provides an alternative to the traditional structure where libraries own and manage their locally installed server. The ASP solution is competitively priced and offers libraries access to the latest technology with no initial capital expenditures or maintenance costs for application software and server hardware—only a simple annual user fee. For many libraries, ASP provides a cost effective and convenient option to epixtech's traditional solutions.
About epixtech, inc.
epixtech, inc. is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for more than 7,600 libraries worldwide. epixtech's award-winning library automation systems, ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loan, and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons. epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services, a subsidiary of Ameritech, and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation solutions meet the needs of research, public, corporate, medical and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; and throughout Europe and the Pacific Rim. epixtech, inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah 84604; Tel: 1-800-288-8020; fax 801-223-5202; and at www.epixtech.com.