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#1115 - 13560 Maycrest Way
Richmond, British Columbia V6V 2W9
Canada
Phone: 604-278-6717
Web site: http://lucidea.com/
Email: sales@Lucidea.com

Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

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SydneyEnterprise
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GeniePlus
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Executive Leadership

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Ron Aspe
President
photo of Calvin Mah
Calvin Mah
Chief Financial Officer
photo of Neil Corris
Neil Corris
Chief Technology Officer
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David Golan
Chief Sales Officer

Company Ownership

Privately owned by Ron Aspe

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for Lucidea

Documents or articles featuring Lucidea

. SydneyPLUS, Inmagic, Cuadra, Questor and affiliate companies now Lucidea Corporation. June 10, 2013. . SydneyPLUS, the leading global developer of knowledge management solutions, today announced that SydneyPLUS and all of its affiliated companies – Inmagic Canada Software, Cuadra Associates, Questor Systems, LookUp Precision, LawPort, and Incite Software Solutions – will now operate as one company under the new name Lucidea Corporation. All products will retain their brand names, and will continue to be enhanced and supported by Lucidea.

. First West Capital provides funding for U.S. business acquisition. February 7, 2012. . SydneyPLUS, a Richmond-based global provider of knowledge management software, acquired Massachusetts-based Inmagic’s special library automation business through funding from First West Capital. The acquisition, which was completed in late 2011, gives SydneyPLUS great growth opportunities and enables the company to continue delivering world-class products to their customers around the globe.

. SydneyPLUS Inmagic division acquires Presto product. January 20, 2012. . SydneyPLUS KM, provider of Library KM software and solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, law firms and government agencies has just announced that its Inmagic division has reacquired Presto, bringing it back into Inmagic's portfolio of library and KM solutions. Presto is a social knowledge management platform integrating knowledge-based content with the "wisdom of the community" to create an Enterprise 2.0 environment that supports your organization’s research and business objectives. Inmagic also acquired the applications built using the Presto platform: Presto Social Library, Presto KnowledgeNet, Presto AssociatioNet, and Presto IdeaNet. In late 2011 SydneyPLUS KM acquired Inmagic's Library Suite of products and trademark. Simultaneously, it announced the intent to form a strategic partnership to co-market and support the Presto product line.

Breeding, Marshall. SydneyPLUS acquires Inmagic Assets: Continued Consolidation in the Special Library and Knowledge Management Solutions Arena. December 2011. Smart Libraries Newsletter. In a move that continues the trend toward consolidation in the broader library automation industry and significantly alters the landscape in the special library sector, SydneyPLUS has acquired key assets from Inmagic. This transaction does not involve a complete acquisition of the company, but brings the library-oriented core of Inmagic under the ownership of Sydney- PLUS. It involves a division of the assets across two organizations: the Inmagic Division of SydneyPLUS International and the former Inmagic, Inc., which will assume a new identity. In general terms, the Inmagic Division of SydneyPLUS will continue with a focus on its traditional customer base in special libraries while the remaining entity will take the Presto technology into other market sectors and industries.

. SydneyPLUS Acquires Inmagic’s Special Library Products And Inmagic Brand. October 25, 2011. . SydneyPLUS and Inmagic, Inc. announced the acquisition of Inmagic’s special library business by SydneyPLUS. The Inmagic special library business includes Inmagic’s DB/Text Library Suite of products: DB/TextWorks, DB/Text WebPublisher Pro, and Inmagic Genie. Additionally, the companies are announcing a strategic partnership to co-market and support Inmagic’s Presto for Social Libraries.

Breeding, Marshall. SydneyPlus acquires Questor Systems. June 2010. Smart Libraries Newsletter. SydneyPLUS has now announced the acquisition of Questor Systems, a company that offers its Argus platform for the management of collections that include artifacts and other types of physical objects. Typical organizations using Argus would include museums, historical societies, archives, as well as universities and corporations with specialized collections of objects and artifacts.

. Cuadra Associates joins The SydneyPLUS Group of Companies. July 28, 2008. . On July 1, 2008, Cuadra Associates joined the SydneyPLUS group of companies. For more than 25 years, Cuadra has set the standard for powerful and versatile information management and retrieval software. Now, as before, Cuadra's products continue to earn the highest ratings from their users, while the name Cuadra has become synonymous with quality and integrity. The Cuadra management team, led by Dr. Carlos A. Cuadra and Ms. Judy Wanger, will remain with the company, as will Cuadra’s renowned technical support and development staff.

. SydneyPLUS launches new Medical Library Management system. February 29, 2008. . SydneyPLUS International, leader in information management solutions announced the new Medical Library Management system. Working with industry experts SydneyPLUS designed a specialized hosted intranet portal exclusively for the medical field.

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News Announcements

March 2, 2020. Lucidea to Release Latest Client-Driven KM and ILS Software Updates. Lucidea, parent company to a full portfolio of market-leading knowledge management and library automation solutions, will soon announce a new release and enhancements to its powerful collaborative KM platform, Inmagic Presto, and a new alerts feature in the latest release of SydneyEnterprise and GeniePlus—library automation for special libraries of all sizes and budgets.


December 19, 2019. Lucidea’s Year in Review: Product Enhancements, Artificial Intelligence, & New Books from Lucidea Press. Lucidea is the parent company to a full portfolio of market-leading knowledge management, library automation, and museums and archives collections management solutions. They announced another very strong year in 2019 with exciting upgrades to their ILS, CMS, and KM applications, an artificial intelligence (AI) prototype, the Argus Mobile app, and two new books from their publishing arm, Lucidea Press.


October 28, 2019. KMWorld 2019 Welcomes Lucidea’s Portfolio of Intelligent KM Solutions. Lucidea, developer of a full portfolio of powerful knowledge management solutions, will bring its Trend-Setting Product, Inmagic Presto, to the 2019 KMWorld conference in Washington, DC on November 4th-7th, along with its other powerful knowledge management applications used worldwide by leading corporations, professional services firms, heritage institutions, and nonprofits.


October 2, 2019. Lucidea Releasing Rapid Data Entry Feature Across ILS, KM, and CMS Software Portfolio. Lucidea, provider of SydneyEnterprise, Inmagic Presto, GeniePlus, ArchivEra, and Argus will soon enable rapid data entry across its portfolio of library automation, knowledge management, and museum and archives collections management software.


August 23, 2019. Lucidea’s Archival Collections Management Apps with Artificial Intelligence at ARA 2019. Lucidea, provider of ArchivEra, CuadraSTAR SKCA and Eloquent Archives, will participate in the Archives & Records Association (ARA) annual conference on 28th and 30th August in Leeds.


August 21, 2019. Lucidea at AASLH - Attendees to see AI Enhanced Collections Management. Lucidea, leader in innovative collections management software solutions for museums and archives, and provider of CuadraSTAR SKCA, Eloquent Archives, Argus, and ArchivEra, will attend the American Association for State and Local History Conference.


August 9, 2019. Lucidea at ILTACON 2019; Experience Unrivaled, Intelligent KM for the Legal Sector. Lucidea, provider of powerful knowledge management solutions for the legal sector, will participate in ILTACON 2019, in Orlando, FL. ILTACON sessions and exhibitors focus on sharing what works and showcasing the technology necessary to support the rapidly changing law firm landscape.


July 31, 2019. Lucidea Press announces new book: Demystifying Archival Projects. Lucidea has announced that archives expert Margot Note’s new book, Demystifying Archival Projects: Five Essentials for Success, is now available. The latest publication from Lucidea Press offers pragmatic advice from Ms. Note, a seasoned archives expert and consultant specializing in project management, with significant experience as both a practitioner and advisor.


July 30, 2019. Lucidea adding Artificial Intelligence to Its ILS, KM and Collections Management Portfolio. Vancouver-based software developer Lucidea is significantly enhancing the automatic classification capabilities of its leading ILS, KM and museum and archival collections management software—bringing AI to library, knowledge center, museum and archives clients.


July 24, 2019. Lucidea’s Archival Collections Management Apps with Artificial Intelligence at SAA 2019. Lucidea, provider of ArchivEra, CuadraSTAR SKCA and Eloquent Archives, will participate in the Society of American Archivists (SAA) annual conference on August 4th and 5th. Lucidea’s archives specialists will demonstrate the powerful and versatile capabilities of ArchivEra, CuadraSTAR SKCA, and Eloquent Archives that make them a valued technology partner in the archives community.


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Corporate Chronology

Aug 07, 2018 Lucidea acquires Maxus, Australian distributor of Inmagic products
Lucidea, the leading provider of library automation and knowledge management solutions to organizations worldwide, has acquired Maxus Australia. Maxus, based in Melbourne, is a distributor that has been supplying and supporting Inmagic solutions since 1984, and has consistently been one of Inmagic's major resellers.

Jul 01, 2013 Lucidea formed through the consolidation of the SydneyPLUS family of companies
SydneyPLUS, the leading global developer of knowledge management solutions, today announced that SydneyPLUS and all of its affiliated companies – Inmagic Canada Software, Cuadra Associates, Questor Systems, LookUp Precision, LawPort, and Incite Software Solutions – will now operate as one company under the new name Lucidea Corporation. All products will retain their brand names, and will continue to be enhanced and supported by Lucidea.

Jan 20, 2012 SydneyPLUS Inmagic division acquires Presto product
SydneyPLUS announced that its Inmagic division has reacquired Presto, bringing it back into Inmagic's portfolio of library and KM solutions. Presto is a social knowledge management platform integrating knowledge-based content to create an Enterprise 2.0 environment that supports your organization's research and business objectives. Inmagic also acquired the applications built using the Presto platform: Presto Social Library, Presto KnowledgeNet, Presto AssociatioNet, and Presto IdeaNet.

Oct 24, 2011 SydneyPLUS acquires Inmagic's special library business
SydneyPLUS and Inmagic, Inc. announced the acquisition of Inmagic’s special library business by SydneyPLUS. The Inmagic special library business includes Inmagic’s DB/Text Library Suite of products: DB/TextWorks, DB/Text WebPublisher Pro, and Inmagic Genie. Additionally, the companies are announcing a strategic partnership to co-market and support Inmagic’s Presto for Social Libraries.

May 21, 2010 SydneyPLUS acquires LookUp Precision from Advanced Productivity Software
LookUp Precision, an online cost and resource tracking product from Advanced Productivity Software, Inc., has been acquired by SydneyPLUS International Library Systems. LookUp Precision, along with complementary products DTE Axiom and RollCall, has positioned APS as the leader in providing scalable, reliable time tracking and cost recovery solutions to the law firm sector. Capturing data on billable time as well as information on various activities performed by lawyers and staff (such as online research) is critical to effective operational management. Accurate reporting on time and resource usage establishes credibility with clients and helps maintain the trust-based relationship so critical to the success of a client/counsel partnership. APS clients include more than 50 percent of the AmLaw 100 private firms as well as other major business enterprises. This makes the acquisition by SydneyPLUS particularly compelling, as the companies share a similar client base.

Jul 01, 2008 SydneyPLUS acquires Cuadra Associates
On July 1, 2008, Cuadra Associates, Inc. joined the SydneyPLUS group of companies. For more than 25 years, Cuadra has set the standard for powerful and versatile information management and retrieval software. Now, as before, Cuadra's products continue to earn the highest ratings from their users, while the name Cuadra has become synonymous with quality and integrity. The Cuadra management team, led by Dr. Carlos A. Cuadra and Ms. Judy Wanger, will remain with the company, as will Cuadra’s renowned technical support and development staff.

Aug 30, 2007 SydneyPLUS acquires SV Technology, developer of LawPort
SV Technology, Inc, developer of LawPort, was purchased by SydneyPLUS International, a leading developer of KM solutions for the world’s top law firms, as well as for numerous Fortune 1000 companies. The LawPort KM suite continues under the name of SydneyPLUS | LawPort.

Sep 2000 Infonet Services Corporation renamed to Incite Software Solutions
While Infonet Services Corp. maintains a minor shareholding and continues to be a partner and customer, ISS is now jointly owned by : Infonet, a private investment group; and ISS' management and employees.

Jan 2000 International Library Systems becomes SydneyPLUS International

Aug 01, 1999 Inmagic acquires BiblioTech Pro from Comstow Information Services, Inc.
Inmagic, Inc., leading developer of library automation and information management software for special librarians, announces the acquisition of the integrated library system BiblioTech PRO, the flagship product of Comstow Information Services, Inc. With installations in Fortune 500 companies and government agencies throughout the country, BiblioTech PRO is a comprehensive system for cataloging, searching and retrieving, tracking and reporting corporate information resources.

Apr 1999 SV Technology founded by Marty Metz
Marty Metz established LawPort in 1999.

Nov 30, 1992 InfoNet / Computer Sciences Canada founded
OSIWare amalgamated into InfoNet

1991 Infonet Services Corporation acquires OSIware and renamed it Infonet Software Solutions
In 1991, Infonet Services Corporation, a large customer, acquired OSIware and renamed it Infonet Software Solutions (ISS). ISS operated as an independent business unit, a software business with a secondary corporate mandate to enhance messaging service features for the parent company and it's international affiliates.

Mar 1989 International Library Systems acquires rights for the Sydney Library System
International Library Systems Corporation has been granted exclusive North American distribution rights for the Sydney Library System. Created by former members of the Library Group of Sydney Development Corporation, this new company is solely responsible for all aspects of its sales, marketing, training, support, and development. Sydney employees who were involved in the development and support of the Sydney Library System have all joined the new company.

1986 Questor Systems founded
Founded in 1986, Questor Systems is a developer of computer solutions for Museums, Archives, and Corporate Collections. Questor provides a full range of services including software, training, consulting, data entry, image capture, system customizations and client support.

Jan 1984 Sydney Development Corporation assumes responsibility for Easy Data Library System
Corporate responsibility for library programs has been assumed by the parent company, the Sydney Development Corporation

1983 Inmagic founded by Elizabeth Bole Eddison and Karen Brothers
Inmagic was founded as a new company in 1983 by Elizabeth Bole Eddison and Karen Brothers to develop, market, and support software for special libraries. The company was spun off of Warner-Eddison Associates, a consulting firm that originally developed the software. Headed by Alice Sizer Warner, this company was involved in a wide variety of activities, including the development of a database product called Inmagic in the late 1970’s that ran on mid-range minicomputers.

Dec 1982 Keewhit Investments Limited makes investment in Sydney Development Corporation
Patrick J. Keenan, Chairman and Chief Executive of Keewhit Investments Limited, joins the board of Sydney Development Corporation.

1982 Easy Data sold to Sydney Development Corporation
Easy Data sold to the publicly traded Sydney Development Corporation in 1982. Mr. Richter remained president of the subsidiary and became a director of Sydney Development Corporation through 1984.

1980 Comstow Information Services Incorporated founded by Lynda Moulton

1977 SydneyPLUS International founded

1975 Easy Data Inc. founded by Merv Richter
Easy Data Inc. founded by Merv Richter in 1975 to develop, market, and support software packages for the emerging minicomputer market. They included applications for hotel management, oilrig cost accounting, general accounting and library management.

Annual Accomplishments Statements

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2019 Lucidea Accomplishments Narrative

Lucidea is the parent company to a full portfolio of market-leading knowledge management, library automation, and museums and archives collections management solutions. They announced another very strong year in 2019 with exciting upgrades to their ILS, CMS, and KM applications, an artificial intelligence (AI) prototype, the Argus Mobile app, and two new books from their publishing arm, Lucidea Press.

LucideaCore is the foundation for all Lucidea’s applications, and manages the data points, relationships, storage, discovery, delivery, presentation, and security of client data. Existing clients and prospects continue to take advantage of the entire Lucidea product line, with many clients migrating/upgrading to the latest versions of their applications, such as Inmagic Presto 5.1.

Upgrades to LucideaCore (Build 4.3.5x) are applied across all Lucidea’s applications, and in 2019 included:

  • Audit Trail Support
  • Request Management Module mail integration that now supports MSFT Exchange Web Services in addition to IMAP
  • Enhanced Crystal Reports options
  • Social Media multiple portal linking
  • Watermark text on derived images for display, zoom or download.

Other notable achievements in 2019 include:

  • Action-packed enhancements to Inmagic Presto V5.1
  • New Mobile Features—easily optimize your mobile site view for your users on-the-go
  • New Report Generator—simple report designer, and view-based ad hoc reporting
  • Global Email Alerts—users can subscribe to curated content of their choice
  • Additional miscellaneous Improvements— including Computed Value Fields for auto-incrementing and auto-populating

CHIN survey results

  • Lucidea is the only North America-based (non-Open Source) Web and SaaS solutions provider to make it to the top of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) vendor profile survey, based on the input of museum professionals who value the power, innovation and finesse of the Argus collections management solution.

SLA 2019

  • Their AI Prototype was a hit at SLA 2019. Attendees were the first to see Lucidea’s Artificial Intelligence integration—automatic categorization capabilities using IBM’s Watson. Easily configurable to categorize images or any text fields; creates authority terms based on your preferred accuracy requirements. Use with newsfeeds, or remove your backlog by quickly organizing old databases and making them discoverable.
  • This year’s Lucidea events were focused on ways special librarians can expand on being integral to organizational success by becoming (and staying) aligned with leadership’s mission and strategy. They presented two very well attended two Hot Topics sessions: Transformative, Integrated, and Measurable Request Management, and Don’t Just Be Integral: Be Aligned!

Expanded global tradeshow and conference presence

  • Lucidea represented its products at 34 tradeshows and conferences in 2019, including 10 venues new to them. The full portfolio of ILS, KM, and CMS software solutions were highlighted in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, at events including SLA, DCDC, ARCS, AASLH, ILTACON, MCN, CILIP, ASA, BCMA and KMWorld.

Productivity Enhancers

  • The Rapid Data Entry feature across the full portfolio can be used by museums and archives to positively impact cataloging backlogs, by staff or solo practitioners in small libraries or knowledge centers who need to minimize time spent on operational tasks, and even by interns and volunteers undertaking cataloging projects.
  • Argus Mobile is a brand-new free iOS app, available in the Apple App Store for iPads, iPhones, and the iPod touch. It’s a companion to the Argus museum collections management system, and enables museum staff to update their Argus database when an object is moving to a new location, simply by scanning barcodes.

Finally, Lucidea’s publishing arm, Lucidea Press, dedicated to offering professional development content for special librarians, knowledge managers, and museum and archives professionals, released two books in 2019: How to Select, Buy, and Use a Museum CMS by Rachael Cristine Woody, and Demystifying Archival Projects, Five Secrets for Success, by Margot Note.

Lucidea once again reports that operational, product development and client service results have met or exceeded targets—and are on course for continued growth and improvement in 2020 and beyond.

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