DES PLAINES, IL, August 26, 2002: Endeavor Information Systems announced today Donald Rydzewski will fill the role of Director of Implementation. He brings strong leadership and a solid background in software implementation to the library systems leader. Rydzewski assumes responsibility for guiding Endeavor's implementation departments, which assist Endeavor customers in the migration to the Voyager integrated library management system, the ENCompass Solutions for managing, searching and linking digital collections, the LinkFinderPlus comprehensive linking system and Endeavor's 11 other available systems. Rydzewski will work with Endeavor's established department managers to ensure swift and positive customer implementations.
Rydzewski heads a department which has successfully migrated over 800 libraries to Endeavor's Voyager and currently has over 35 libraries implementing Endeavor's digital systems. Endeavor's implementation group has worked with libraries who used systems including DRA, VTLS, TLC, PALS, DYNIX, Geac, Innovative, Sirsi, CARL, NOTIS, and LIBERTAS, as well as libraries using home-grown systems and completely unautomated libraries. Endeavor's implementation group is familiar with all sizes and types of libraries around the globe including the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world; 33 ARL members; nine national libraries; corporate, museum and small private libraries; and libraries in consortiums.
Implementation at Endeavor includes installation of the software on customers' servers; data migration of the library's records; project management throughout the implementation process and complete options for training both before and after implementation.
Rydzewski joins Endeavor from San Diego-based Peregrine Systems, Inc, a global supplier of infrastructure management and e-business software, where he was most recently the Implementation Planning Manager. At Peregrine, Rydzewski was instrumental in aligning products and services with customers' business processes, helping customers achieve the highest returns on their investments in the software. He also worked to improve customer satisfaction through methods including understanding customer requirements in order to develop appropriate delivery plans for implementation, using a structured implementation methodology.
Prior to Peregrine, Rydzewski was the Vice President of Implementation at Financial Technology, Inc., a leading accounting and decision support software company with a worldwide customer base. In that role, he was responsible for leading the implementation staff, providing successful installations of the company's software solutions, as well as other duties including identifying new market trends. Rydzewski also held a number of other positions within Financial Technology, ranging from customer support officer to training manager to Controller.
"Endeavor is clearly the leader in providing integrated library solutions. I'm excited to be part of a team committed to excellence in all facets of the business," stated Rydzewski. "I believe my software implementation experience and structured methodology approach aligns well with Endeavor's philosophies and will help maintain our industry-leading position."
"We're glad to have Don' s energy, experience and ideas heading Endeavor's implementation group. His past leadership roles have prepared him well for ensuring Endeavor continues to provide the highest level of service to our customers," said Tom Breslin, Endeavor's Vice President of Customer Service. "Successful implementations allow our libraries to lead their campuses into the future of information access. Endeavor's accomplished implementation teams ensure our libraries complete the process quickly and efficiently."
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September, 1994. Over 1,100 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance Voyager integrated library system, 38 libraries have selected ENCompass and 46 have selected LinkFinderPlus. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass or LinkFinderPlus.