Endeavor Signs Letter Of Intent to Form Partnership

Jan 24, 2006

Endeavor Information Systems, a provider of library management software for academic and research libraries, and Jiangsu Huiwen Software Co., a library system provider in China, have signed a letter of intent to form a partnership for the development and marketing of digital library products to Chinese institutions. Endeavor Information Systems is part of Elsevier, a publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Endeavor will give Jiangsu Huiwen access to its line of library management software products--including its flagship ILS program, Voyager, and its ERM solution, Endeavor Meridian. Endeavor will also provide training and marketing/sales support. Jiangsu Huiwen has agreed to lead all product trials at institutions within China and to develop local interfaces to be used in the Chinese versions of these products.

Several Chinese libraries will begin implementing Endeavor products during the first quarter of 2006. As part of the partnership agreement, Huiwen will also provide local support and system localization for customers in China. The two companies plan to hold a joint seminar for customers in the coming months to discuss the specifics of the new arrangement.

Endeavor has also announced that they are implementing several changes to many of its product offerings, with new naming for those products affected. Changes to the Endeavor product family begin with what is now being referred to as the Endeavor foundation layer of technology. This product group consists of Voyager, Meridian, Curator (the new name for what was formerly ENCompass for Digital Collections) and Journals Onsite (formerly ENCompass for Journals Onsite). The foundation layer products are data repositories and each is designed to manage a different type of library content: physical assets, E-Resources, digital objects, and ejournals.

The top of the company's foundation layer is its new Endeavor Discovery layer, a family of front-end utility tools designed to enable users to better access library resources. Discovery: Finder (formerly ENCompass for Resource Access) is a utility within the Endeavor Discovery suite. Built upon technology licensed from TDNet, Discovery: Finder is a re-architected tool for federated searching across external and internal resources. The company announced its analysis and reporting layer, Endeavor Analyzer (formerly referred to as Endeavor Reporting). Endeavor Analyzer is a reporting and analysis add-on module that enables libraries to make data-driven decisions regarding their library collections. Based business intelligence technology, Endeavor Analyzer delivers reporting and analytic capabilities to libraries that wish to increase service and satisfaction levels.

Endeavor has also announced that it has entered into an expanded partnership agreement with TDNet to integrate elements of the company's technologies into select Endeavor products. The first Endeavor product to make use of TDNet technology is Discovery: Finder. Finder is part of a new suite of tools known as Endeavor Discovery, a family of utility products designed to enable users to retrieve, view, and access relevant information from library resources. Users of the current ENCompass for Resource Access product will be migrated to the new product on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

(www.endinfosys.com; www.tdnet.com; www.libsys.com.cn; www.reedelsevier.com)