Solution – Commercial Library Solution

Executive Summary

  • Large development team
  • Multi-year initiative
  • Full software development lifecycle
  • Commercial software

Business Case

Accent Express is a library automation system for K-12 school libraries, corporate libraries, and small public, college, and university libraries. It handles all of the standard library automation functions such as circulation control, book searching, inventory, cataloguing, and reports. Accent Express was created to replace Sagebrush’s legacy products and was required to be fully cross-platform, running on Windows and Macintosh computers as well as Novell servers. As such, it was developed using new technologies, a new architecture, and Agile development practices. ARC was retained to help implement the new technologies and design the new architecture. ARC then participated in designing, coding, and testing the required business functions supplying more than half of the resources for this phase.

Pinpoint allows students, teachers, and school librarians to search multiple external information sources with one search. The Los Angeles Unified School district required the product run on an IBM AIX server. ARC provided the Java programming expertise for this platform. ARC also assisted with functional design, coding, and testing. InfoCentre was a continuation of the Accent Express project, modifying the product to in response to market expansion.

Business Solution

ARC’s contract for these initiatives spanned a three-year term, and the team consisted of 14 resources, going to approximately 6 resources for the support and maintenance periods.

Project development life cycle

ARC assisted with architecture, design, coding, unit testing, and QA testing. The Scrum software development methodology (an Agile methodology) was used for all projects.

Benefits Achieved

Sagebrush has stated that all products have exceeded their revenue goals and that almost 7,000 libraries throughout North America are now using these systems. This was achieved by completing the projects on-time, below budget and, most importantly, with very good quality.