DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Nov. 15, 2001: The Chicago Software Association named Endeavor Information Systems the winner of the 2001 Lighthouse Award at the organization's City Lights Annual Awards Gala tonight. This prestigious award is presented to the CSA member company which through sustained growth, national reputation and recognized excellence in product and services, best represents the Silicon Prairie's stature as home to leading quality information technology companies.
"I accept this award on behalf of the people of Endeavor Information Systems," Jane Burke, Endeavor President and CEO said at tonight's ceremony. "We thank the Chicago Software Association for providing an environment for companies to flourish in the Silicon Prairie."
Endeavor: A Genuine Success Story
Founded in 1994 by former employees of Ameritech-NOTIS, Endeavor Information Systems has grown in just seven short years from a start-up software company to today's position as a leader in the top tier of the world's library automation vendors. The Endeavor team continues to achieve their original goal of creating market-focused library automation software and persists to set new benchmarks for cutting-edge information access systems. Endeavor has made amazing strides in a declining economy.
Between Sept. 2000 and Sept. 2001, Endeavor has delivered three new products to bring the company's suite of offerings up to 12 systems, created a continuing sales department to serve the needs of existing customers, increased the number of customers from 740 to nearly 900, and opened regional offices in London, England and Sydney, Australia. Unprecedented in the downward economy, Endeavor announced a 2001 hiring plan to double the size of the company's development staff. In October 2001, that plan was entirely on track with a 60% increase in development staff so far for the year.
About the Chicago Software Association
The CSA is a regional industry trade association which serves all of Illinois and a 150-mile radius around Chicago (including southern Wisconsin and Northern Indiana).
The CSA and its member companies are dedicated to building a vibrant industry in the Silicon Prairie. Industry members include software, IT training, IT consulting, and Internet provider companies. The CSA currently has over 550 members.
The 2001 Lighthouse Award (formerly Enterprise Award) winner must have at least $10 million in annual revenue, be financially strong, exhibit a commitment to customer service, and have established a unique place in its market. Also nominated for the Lighthouse Award were FirstLogic and Lakeview Technologies.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 900 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance Voyager library system. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at http://www.endinfosys.com for more information on Endeavor's complete suite of products or for information on careers at Endeavor.