Re: [IUG] VDX, III and NCIP
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It is not true that III is not working towards NCIP implementation. The
MeL Catalog project is currently testing an NCIP implementation involving
our INN-Reach system and a Sirsi Unicorn system. However, our NCIP
implementation has the Innovative side of the equation as the NCIP message
initiator; that is, our development follows NCIP DCB Profile 3 ("Broker
Application Manages Transaction Application Profile").
My understanding is that this profile won't work for a local Millennium
system that uses VDX (or URSA) as their resource-sharing solution.
We have found Innovative quite willing to work with us on this development
item. The implementation is completely standards-based (so much so that
when I wanted something to work differently than it does, I was reminded
that this would be outside the standard).
I mention this for several reasons:
a) I've grown tired of hearing that III isn't working on NCIP. (I have
been in numerous meetings over the last 2 years in which I heard a
automation vendor rep say this -- or heard someone say that their vendor
rep said this.) As I have a weekly phone meeting devoted to NCIP
implementation, I can guarantee you that they are not ignoring it.
However, they may or may not be working on it in a way that will work for
your resource-sharing system. This is not because they are not doing the
development work or because they doing it in some non-standards-based
b) NCIP comes in many flavors (aka profiles). It's important to know which
profile your resource-sharing vendor is implementing. (For the incredibly
masochistic, the base standards document is available at
http://www.niso.org/standards/index.html. The profiles are available at
c) Our NCIP development was included in our contract and, therefore, the
cost of said development was part of our negotiations with Innovative. I
suspect that they'd be happy to give a price quote for whatever additional
development would be needed for them to work with a different profile.
I'd suggest contacting III and asking to speak with the Product Manager
Hope this is helpful (and doesn't sound too much like a rant!)
MeL Catalog Project
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