Syracuse, NY - Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) today announced that their Polaris integrated library automation system has won a Microsoft 1998 Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Incentive design award.
The design competition was open to all Microsoft Certified Solution Providers (MCSP) utilizing Windows NT Workstation 4.0 as part of their software and network solutions. Designs were judged based on quality, creativity, and customer impact.
The use of Windows NT Workstations by Polaris is one part of GIS's overall commitment to Microsoft development technologies and the Windows NT infrastructure solution. Bill Schickling, Vice President of Research and Product Development at GIS, sees the award as recognition of his staff's ability to mold cutting edge technologies into new and powerful library automation systems. "The decision to develop a native NT system was simple," Schickling says. "Windows NT is the only technology that allows us to distribute transaction processing and databases while maintaining the integrity of an object-oriented application. Windows NT and Microsoft software development technologies are letting us do things that were unheard of a few years ago."
The Polaris library automation system is a non-modular, native-Windows NT solution. Polaris offers complete access to integrated cataloging, serials, acquisitions, circulation, patron/student services, and system administration functionality. The system provides a dual client interface: a Web-based public access client and a Windows 95/98/NT Workstation-based technical services client. Both clients adhere to Microsoft Graphical User Interface standards. Polaris was built with Microsoft technologies (such as COM, Microsoft Transaction Server, and Internet Information Server) solely for the Windows NT Server platform and SQL Server. This allows the system to dynamically scale to accommodate user and transaction counts for libraries of all sizes. Polaris is currently installed in more than 160 libraries, supporting a number of libraries with more than 350 concurrent users in high-transaction environments.
GIS is the 25 year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros., a leading supplier to the library industry for over a century. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers retrospective conversion, workflow analysis, and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. For more information, visit http://www.gaylord.com/automation or contact GIS headquarters at 800-272-3414.