This year’s Customers of Dynix, Inc. (CODI) conference took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. George Marck attended the conference as the DALNET representative and reports the following:
Early in the conference, Gary Rautenstrauch, the CEO of SirsiDynix, stated that the company needed to pay particular attention to their Horizon customers; there were several positive signs that the company has finally begun to do that.
In particular, SirsiDynix has announced that they will continue to support their Horizon product for at least the next four to six years. In addition, they announced that there will be a new version of the Horizon 7.X series, which will be available in general release in early 2008. They also plan to release two new versions of HIP at the same time – HIP 3.09 and 4.16.
Much of the conference was devoted to the new joint product release from SirsiDynix which is called Symphony. There were workshops on the following: preparing your data for moving to SirsiDynix Symphony; project plan implementation for upgrading to Symphony; basic system administration and maintenance in Symphony; and the basic architecture of Symphony. The good news is that Symphony is built on a platform utilizing the current releases of Oracle (a better supported database version than SYBASE, which is used by Horizon) and JAVA, and employs a thin client.
In addition, there were workshops on the new releases of HIP as well as SirsiDynix new federated searching product, EPS (Enterprise Portal System). There was also a workshop session for large libraries using Horizon. Most of them plan to use Horizon for the foreseeable future and to evaluate the marketplace sometime later. So, DALNET is not alone in its current plans.