With an expert team of developers and librarians. we are always seeking to innovate and advance open source technologies to benefit our customers. Our team consists of working librarians and some of the core developers of Evergreen and Koha, so we are uniquely positioned to be able to understand the needs of librarians and know how to develop for them as well. Our products set the standard for open source library technologies.
Our Sequoia platform provides the highest possible uptime, performance, and capabilities of any hosted library automation system. For libraries looking for a simple ILS solution, Koha offers full-featured library automation at a fraction of the cost. If your library is looking to migrate or develop open source software functionality, we're the ones to talk to. Even our competitors come to us for help.
During recent years, many ILS vendors have been consolidating. This consolidation has forced administrators to either migrate to different software or face a lack of support in their current software. The good news is that open source solutions mitigate this risk by giving libraries a voice in the speed and direction of their libraries’ migrations – or alternatively – manage their own updates and support to their own installation. This gives libraries alternative options when events like these arise, rather than being stuck choosing to either upgrade on the vendor’s terms or lose support.
When purchasing support for an open source ILS, you will never be limited in functionality like you experience when working with traditional ILS vendors. There are no restrictive trial periods – you can download, install, and test open source solutions without any tedious document preparation, endless contracts, or limited free-trial functionality. With open source solutions, you can download and test it in your library for free. If you find you want to add functionality or need custom development, you can take a more focused approach and publish an RFP specifically for that need, rather than replace your entire system.
There are many reasonably priced vendors who support open source solutions, eliminating the need to internally staff developers. Most handle data conversion, installation, training, support, maintenance, ongoing development, customization, and other services you would otherwise receive from proprietary support. If you find yourself unsatisfied with your support vendor, you can simply move to a different vendor, giving you the power to choose.
Instead of relying on a single vendor for advice, suggestions, and upgrades, you have the benefit of an entire community to support you and your software. This community is very passionate about the products they develop and are also extremely experienced and capable. Collaboration within this community is open and encouraged, eliminating issues that would otherwise arise from using a single developer or vendor.
With open source development, libraries all contribute code to the community, resulting in more comprehensive and higher quality systems.