SirsiDynix is Building Rome

You might have seen some posts about Sirsi/Dynix here, here and here… well, they sent an email out to SirsiDynix customers – here’s the email (I’m assuming this will resemble the press release that’s supposed to be released later on today):

Dear valued SirsiDynix


Later today, SirsiDynix will make an
exciting announcement for both our company and the library market. Before the
announcement becomes public knowledge and a press release is issued, I wanted to
personally share now what the rest of the world will hear shortly – as well as
explain to you what it means for customers of SirsiDynix Horizon, Corinthian,
and Dynix Classic integrated library systems.


SirsiDynix will unveil that we are
blending the strengths and best features of Horizon/Corinthian, Unicorn, and
other solutions to create a new, versatile technology platform to serve
21st-century libraries and consortia. Code-named “Rome,” this
platform goes beyond the traditional integrated library system to encompass the
full range of technology building blocks for managing library operations and
resources, while providing meaningful user experiences to your information


Rome is built on the architecture of the
industry-standard Unicorn Library Management System – with its record of
stability, quality, and performance – and will include an impressive set of new
solutions created as part of Horizon 8.0/Corinthian development. The first
release of Rome will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. The target
time for the second release is late 2008.


What does this mean to
Horizon/Corinthian and Dynix Classic customers?


There are several key points you
should know:


  • SirsiDynix will continue to maintain
    and support Horizon 7.3/7.4.
  • Horizon 8.0/Corinthian, which is
    already in use at a limited number of sites, will not be generally released.
    Horizon 8.1/Corinthian and Unicorn GL3.2 will not be released. Instead, the new
    functionality of both will be incorporated into Rome over time.
  • We will focus our
    research-and-development efforts on Rome. In doing so, we will be able to better
    deliver the capabilities expected in Horizon 8/Corinthian, but faster and on a
    more stable platform. As a result, Rome will be the platform for all SirsiDynix
    users in the future.

Here are the upgrade or migration
paths for customers planning to move to Horizon 7.3/7.4 or Horizon
8.0/Corinthian, or for those on the Dynix Classic legacy system:


  • Customers in the queue to implement
    Horizon 7.3/7.4 can choose to continue on this path. They do so with the
    understanding that their next upgrade will be to Rome and that additional
    training and other activities might be required for Rome.
  • As there will be no further
    implementations of Horizon 8.0/Corinthian, customers in the queue to implement
    Horizon 8.0/Corinthian can move to Horizon 7.3/7.4, if they are not already on
    that version.
  • The immediate Dynix Classic
    migration option is to move to Unicorn GL3.1, just as those sites would have
    migrated to Horizon 8.0/Corinthian. Otherwise, they can follow the migration
    path to Rome in the coming months. Migrating to Unicorn GL3.1 will later
    minimize additional training and upgrade activities required for moving to

The upcoming press release will
offer more information about the major features and benefits of Rome. I cannot
stress enough that this new technology platform will provide the “best of both
worlds” – the stability you require and the features you need.


As always, if you have questions
about your particular case, please contact your SirsiDynix account




Talin Bingham

Chief Technology Officer