February 17, 2018

Endeavor Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

By LJ Staff

Without the baggage of an aging legacy system to maintain, Endeavor Information Systems was born cutting-edge in late 1994, a factor that president Roland Dietz told LJ has put it at the forefront of adopting new technology. "Endeavor was the first library automation vendor to employ a client-server, open architecture design, with the Voyager integrated library system based entirely on an Oracle® relational model," Dietz said, looking back on a decade. "In 1999, Endeavor was the first to develop a full-scale model for managing all digital assets with ENCompass. Endeavor looked at the big picture and built an original system that accommodated federated search, linking, and digital image collection management–all in one package." The technological focus and product development often has come from librarian customers. Dietz said the operation traditionally has worked "closely with librarians to understand the problem spaces evolving in libraries and partnered with customers in many steps of the development and delivery process." Endeavor sponsors several active task forces such as the Global Data Change Task Force and the Universal Borrowing Task Force; aligns product evolution with customer development partners, such as the Meridian Development partner group; and works closely with its customer-enhancement committees.