Ex Libris kauft Innovative

Ithaka S+R berichtet unter dem Titel „What Are the Larger Implications of Ex Libris Buying Innovative?“ über den die Übernahme von Innovative durch die Ex Libris, mit der die Firma neu sowohl den akademischen als auch den Markt der öffentlichen Bibliotheks-Systeme beherscht (via Newslet for libraries, issue #134):

„This deal itself is ultimately about the public library market. Ex Libris has a remarkable 69% market share in terms of library systems installs among the membership of the Association of Research Libraries, which grows to 84% in combination with Innovative. Among the peer competitor group of Ex Libris, Innovative, OCLC, and SirsiDynix, according to data from Library Technology Guides, Ex Libris has 49% of the academic market overall but only 6% of the public library market. It is successfully transitioning its academic business to the cloud with Alma but it does not seem to have found a transition path for its public library business, which is almost entirely comprised of the legacy Aleph system. By adding Innovative, Ex Libris will grow its combined market share for academic libraries to 72% but more importantly for public libraries it grows to 54%. If this deal closes, it leaves a combined Ex Libris – Innovative with the strongest portfolio in terms of installs (and almost certainly in terms of sales) in both academic and public libraries.“

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