No, moving to TMS Collections is entirely optional. Gallery Systems will continue to develop EmbARK and add improved functionality. Of course, the most exciting new changes will be in TMS Collections!
Transitioning to TMS Collections will not affect your maintenance fees. You will continue to pay the same maintenance rate as you currently do for EmbARK, unless you purchase additional licenses when you move to TMS Collections.
Each institution is different. Depending on the size of the collection and the extent to which you’ve used various features within EmbARK, you may need more or fewer services days for TMS Collections installation, setup, and training. For budgeting purposes, you should estimate 7 days of services at our standard daily rate of $1900 USD [...]
TMS Collections is an upgrade included as part of your EmbARK maintenance and support agreement. There are data migration, setup and training services, as well as hardware or hosting requirements that will need to be considered in your budget.
TMS Collections 1.0 includes modules for Objects, Constituents, Media, Exhibitions, Loans, Bibliography, and Sites. TMS Collections 2.0 adds modules for Events, Shipping, and Insurance.
TMS Collections 1.0 is available in Spring 2018. Version 2.0 will be released Fall 2019.
TMS Collections is next generation web-based software that handles all your collections management needs and is seamlessly integrated with web publishing, digital asset management, and conservation applications.