Library Technology Industry Reports

Marshall Breeding authored the annual Automation Marketplace feature published in the April 1 issue of Library Journal from 2002-2013 and the Library Systems Report published by American Libraries beginning in 2014. The full text of each of these articles is availble from Library Journal and American Libraries.

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Informe sobre sistemas para bibliotecas 2014: Competencia y Cooperación Estratégica
May 15, 2014
The library technology industry saw sharp competition in 2013, with a wide range of products vying to fulfill ever-rising expectations. To better position themselves for this critical period during which many libraries are considering options for their next phase of technology, a significant number of major vendors worked to extend their global reach, streamline internal organizations, and complete ambitious product developments. Competition has intensified for the applications used by library personnel to manage the collections and automate their operations, including the new generation of library services platforms as well as enhanced integrated library systems. Discovery services continues as a major area of activity, seen by libraries as especially critical given their intimate connections with customers, serving as one of the main delivery vehicles for access to collections and services.

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May 5, 2014
The library technology industry saw sharp competition in 2013, with a wide range of products vying to fulfill ever-rising expectations. To better position themselves for this critical period during which many libraries are considering options for their next phase of technology, a significant number of major vendors worked to extend their global reach, streamline internal organizations, and complete ambitious product developments. Competition has intensified for the applications used by library personnel to manage the collections and automate their operations, including the new generation of library services platforms as well as enhanced integrated library systems. Discovery services continues as a major area of activity, seen by libraries as especially critical given their intimate connections with customers, serving as one of the main delivery vehicles for access to collections and services.

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Library Systems Report 2014: Competition and strategic cooperation
April 15, 2014
The library technology industry saw sharp competition in 2013, with a wide range of products vying to fulfill ever-rising expectations. To better position themselves for this critical period during which many libraries are considering options for their next phase of technology, a significant number of major vendors worked to extend their global reach, streamline internal organizations, and complete ambitious product developments. Competition has intensified for the applications used by library personnel to manage the collections and automate their operations, including the new generation of library services platforms as well as enhanced integrated library systems. Discovery services continues as a major area of activity, seen by libraries as especially critical given their intimate connections with customers, serving as one of the main delivery vehicles for access to collections and services.

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2013自動化市場專題報導: 搶先創新
May 1, 2013
此次自動化產業轉換,廠商為搶先革新,進行轉型或帶給市場更具競爭性產品所下挹注投資很高。在自動化市場建立初期的氣勢是必要的,方能留意警覺同業之成功與避開風險。

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Automation Marketplace 2013: The Rush to Innovate
April 1, 2013
In this time of transition of the library automation industry, stakes are high for the vendors that are creating innovative—or even transformative—products and competing to bring these products first to the market. Establishing momentum early is essential in the library arena, which is attentive to the successes of a vendor’s peers and risk averse. In the library services platform arena, OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services, Innovative’s Sierra, and Ex Libris’s Alma hit the streets first and have already begun aggressive sales cycles, seeing positive results. Serials Solutions finds itself in the position of urging its customers to wait for Intota, in stark contrast to its early entry into the web-scale discovery arena wit Summon. The Kuali OLE project continues to make great strides but has extended its time line for delivery by a year.

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2012自動化市場專題報導: 代理改變
May 1, 2012
新自動化產品開發接近完成,廠商正開始在所有地方推銷獲利,新一波競爭正在這些旨在替換廠商希望取代原有系統圖書館間炒熱起來。此產品如Ex Libris的Alma、OCLC的WorldShare Management Services、Innovative Interface的Sierra、Serial Solutions的Intota及開放資源Kuali OLE計畫,於產品生命週期上更往前且將主導分享市場,將翻滾下一個10年市場。新世代產品將會與圖書館行之有效擁有產品與持續進步的開放資源系統作競爭,此產品如Evergreen、Koha、Polaris ILS、The Library Corporation(TLC)的Library.Solution、SirsiDynix的Symphony、與Auto-Graphic的AGent VERSO。

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Automation marketplace 2012: Agents of Change
April 1, 2012
As development efforts near completion on a new slate of automation products, vendors are beginning to pull out all the stops to monetize them. A new round of competition is heating up to place these new products in libraries, replacing their own legacy products and aiming to displace those of other companies. Ex Libris’s Alma, OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services, Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra, and Serials Solutions’ Intota, as well as the open source Kuali OLE project, are positioned to move toward more dominant market share through a product cycle that will play out over the next decade. These new-generation products will compete with well-established proprietary and open source systems following an evolutionary path, such as Evergreen, Koha, Polaris ILS, The Library Corporation’s (TLC) Library.Solution, SirsiDynix’s Symphony, and Auto-Graphics’ AGent VERSO.

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2011自動化市場專題報導:新境界 奮鬥加大心智與科技金錢贏面
May 1, 2011

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Automation marketplace 2011: The New Frontier: The battle intensifies to win hearts, minds, and tech dollars
April 1, 2011
This year witnessed a new phase of competition following a period of research and development that aimed to provide alternatives to libraries, both in back-end automation and end user discovery. A variety of new solutions have emerged, often representing quite different conceptual models. In a continued trend, librarians seek solutions that immediately improve the experiences of their users, especially via discovery products; meanwhile, the number of complete integrated library system (ILS) replacements declined again this year.

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2010自動化市場專題報導: 新模式,核心系統:市場探索介面增入新層面
May 1, 2010
時值經濟困境而無法即獲機會年代,許多主企業以異於以往之自動化概念重新界定企業策略,競爭不再以小型產品之最佳或最多特色為主,而是經產品與服務區別為圖書館客戶定義異於以往的未來。

挑戰傳統整合系統的新自動化模組成形,經長期受睞演進,一些新品與計畫持穩定發展衝破傳統模組藩籬,特別是可立即傳遞改變給使用者的探索產品。


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Automation marketplace 2010: New Models, Core Systems
April 1, 2010
In a year when a difficult economy presented fewer opportunities for immediate gains, the major industry players have defined their business strategies with fundamentally different concepts of library automation. This is no longer an industry where companies compete on the basis of the best or the most features in similar products but one where companies distinguish themselves through products and services that define different futures for their library customers.New models of automation are beginning to take shape, challenging the traditional integrated library system (ILS) in an industry that has long favored incremental evolution. Some new products and projects remain poised to break free from traditional models, particularly discovery products that can deliver immediate improvement to library users.

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2009自動化市場專題報導: 小魏書架
May 1, 2009
 時值經濟面臨巨大挑戰的一年,圖書館持續在自動化投資以提升與傳遞給讀者的服務與產品。存取數位內容產品仍是主要關鍵,廠商也紛紛在此面投資擴大發展能力回應圖書館需求。今年趨勢在於增多更多「軟體即服務」(Software as a Service,簡稱SaaS)產品與推出一些應用程式介面(application programming interfaces,簡稱APIs)。  圖書館自動化市場經濟每年仍有大量收入。圖書館在軟體即服務的選擇節省許多經費,會影響廠商收入,但每年軟體即服務訂購費超過維護費用。廠商持續朝國際企業方式經營,圖書館增多挖掘與其他附加產品的費用,且因圖書館轉變程度上有點不在依賴傳統自動化系統,此更顯示圖書館自動化市場經濟的發展。

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Automation marketplace 2009: Investing in the Future
April 1, 2009
In a year where the general economy presented enormous challenges, libraries continued to make investments in automation, especially in products that help improve what and how they deliver to their end users. Access to electronic content remains a key driver. In response to anticipated needs for new approaches to library automation, many companies have invested to expand their development capacities. Trends this year include the sharply increased growth of Software as a Service, as well as the release of application programming interfaces and data access models by proprietary software vendors.

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Automation marketplace 2008: Opportunity Out of Turmoil
April 1, 2008
The dramatic shifts that redefined the industry in 2006 precipitated turmoil in 2007, which made companies that avoided major business transitions more attractive and sparked explosive interest in open source alternatives. Some companies held a steady course and benefited from the fallout. The consolidated entities formed by recent acquisitions stand as formidable competitors in their respective market sectors, wielding vast resources to retain—or even strengthen—their industry positions. Sales of new integrated library system (ILS) products dipped 15%, offset by increased procurements of replacement interfaces and tools for managing electronic content and creating digital collections. The overall library automation economy held even with aggregate revenues at $570 million. A majority of companies increased their workforce in 2007.

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Automation marketplace 2007: An Industry Redefined
April 1, 2007
The reshuffling of the deck in 2005 presaged even larger changes this year, introducing new players and effecting dramatic shifts. In a rash of mergers and acquisitions, Endeavor Information Systems and Sagebrush Corporation disappeared from the roster of companies this year. Private equity firms took charge of SirsiDynix and Ex Libris, and Endeavor was merged into Ex Libris. Follett Software Company acquired archrival Sagebrush, and Extensity morphed into Infor Library Solutions.

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Automation marketplace 2006 : reshuffling the deck
April 1, 2006
Following a phase of market fragmentation and gradual product evolution, major business transitions and industry dynamics greatly transformed the library automation marketplace. The changes in company structures broadly fostered more streamlined development of traditional ILS products, as companies focused on products and technologies geared toward helping libraries cope with electronic resources.

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Automation marketplace 2005 : gradual evolution
April 1, 2005
The integrated library system is changing-not dramatically but steadily. Forces at work include an improving economy, pressures to innovate, new products that manage electronic content, and, most of all, mandatory migrations. It was an especially fertile year for migration. In 2003 many libraries deferred moving from obsolete systems, creating a pent-up demand that began to break loose in 2004. As the domestic ILS market becomes more highly saturated, companies increasingly rely on international sales.

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Automation marketplace 2004: migration down innovation up
April 1, 2004
Public funding declined while returns on private endowments slipped--two major factors that limited the growth of the library automation industry in 2003. Libraries itching to migrate from legacy systems or acquire new automation products continue to defer. Despite the economic climate, or maybe owing to it, the top two companies, Innovative Interfaces and Dynix, strengthened their position as market leaders.

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Automation marketplace 2003: the competition heats up
April 1, 2003
In 2002, the move away from outdated systems fueled sales in the library automation market. Companies with legacy systems pulled out all the stops to retain customers and entice them to migrate to their replacement systems. Companies today are seeking to increase revenue through products and services beyond the basic library automation system. Digital library systems, reference linking products, federated search environments, and enhanced-content web-based OPACS are but a few of the products that increasingly influence the marketplace.

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Automation marketplace 2002: capturing the migrating customer
April 1, 2002
A smaller group of larger firms dominate the library automation marketplace. They are largely international, diversified, and privately owned. The mergers and consolidations that marked the recent history of the industry have absorbed the weaker products and companies. A shrinking number of ever-larger companies control the greatest market share. The many smaller companies still participating represent only a modest portion of the library automation economy.