No doubt many libraries in our community have already heard the news: SydneyPLUS has just purchased a big piece of the Inmagic pie. This includes Inmagic’s DB/Text Library Suite of products: DB/TextWorks, DB/Text WebPublisher Pro, and Inmagic Genie.
According to Kathy Bryce via Andornot’s blog:
The move will strengthen both SydneyPLUS and the new Inmagic division by bringing together complementary technologies to meet the needs of special librarians, while allowing Inmagic, Inc. to focus on new markets.
It sounds like the two companies will be working more closely together. According to yesterday’s press release:
Inmagic’s Presto for Social Libraries, which the companies will co-market and support under a strategic partnership, is an integration of Inmagic Genie, an integrated library system, with Inmagic Inc.’s Presto. Presto for Social Libraries is a Social Knowledge Network (SKN) application that integrates library workflow with knowledge-based content and the “wisdom of the community” to create a “Library 2.0” environment to support the research and business objectives of organizations.
Everyone is promising “business as usual” for the customers. Time will tell if this is the case, or if some customers take this opportunity to look for new alternatives. As a one-time customer of Inmagic, I watch with interest.