Book Promotion and Service, the first of the iGroup offices, was formed in 1983 and initially specialized in marketing and distribution of printed books in Thailand and its neighboring countries.
As new developments in the library and information sectors underwent growth and change, so too the company grew to meet its customer’s needs with additional resources and services, including distribution of electronic information delivered in CD-ROM and Internet/Intranet media. The company also began developing its own technologies such as ELIB, a library management system.
As the business volume in each territory grew, local companies were opened to support existing customers and to continue to grow our business base.
From late 1980s to mid-1990s, offices were opened in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam to address the information needs of academics and researchers.
The iGroup was formally incorporated in mid-1999, in recognition that the many individual companies of the group, including the new South Korean office, could benefit from a formal infrastructure to share resources.
Currently, the group has expanded and restructured its operations to include several core business units, all of which focus on the information industry and cater to the needs of librarians, students, academics, educators, scientists and research professionals.
The iGroup has over 600 staff. Historically our core customers were academic institutions and libraries –although in recent years we have expanded into the Healthcare, Government, Research and Corporate markets. Our personnel are organized by expertise for each of these respective disciplines.
Throughout the region, we estimate that we have over thousand institutional customers.
The iGroup aims to be a one-stop shop for information products and library technologies. Our ability to provide a full spectrum of related products and services with localized support from each of our regional offices, establishes us as the key information industry partner in the Asia Pacific region
From the late 1990s, the iGroup companies have initiated and successfully implemented many pioneering consortia throughout the region. These successes are largely due to our close working relationship and credibility with both Information Providers and customers. We have set up consortia in Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Australia involving products from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Computing Machinery, Chemical Abstracts Service, IEEE, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, Springer, CSA Proquest and many more.
As the lines between A&I (abstract and index), full text databases, e-journals and eBooks started to grey, the iGroup found itself in the best position to provide our customers with one-stop support for their information needs.
We have the required competencies in data consumption, as well as the linking technologies between abstracts and full text, and between different secondary databases etc. We are able to provide the required hardware and software to drive these information solutions. Most importantly, we have shown through the years that we are also committed to continuously review and upgrade our competencies, keeping pace with the fast changing information scene.