Publishing Sector Experience

Influential has successfully partnered with some of the foremost publishers in the world, and many of the systems designed and implemented are currently an integral part of their day-to-day operations. In each case, our unparalleled Publishing Industry knowledge, borne out of many years of Book and Journals Publishing systems experience, has enabled us to deliver the best possible advice to our clients.

Whilst the full spectrum of projects is too numerous to list in detail, our full CV is available in the bottom left corner of the website. Some of the highlights of our publishing sector projects are listed below:

Taylor & Francis (Informa Plc) (since 2005)

  • Design, Build & Implementation of an enterprise Data Warehouse, underpinning a Global Management Reporting Solution built on Business Objects XIR2, Crystal Enterprise Server and Oracle 11i, interfacing with VISTA, Klopotek, Oracle Financials, CODA and SAP/R3 systems
  • Creation of a bespoke enterprise web-based query and data-maintenance tool using PHP under IIS and Oracle 11i (500+ users)
  • Creation of a bespoke integrated Inventory Management enquiry, planning and demand modelling tool, based on PHP under IIS and Oracle 11i (50+ users)
  • Project Managed and resourced a warehouse and distribution move from Cengage to Bookpoint; complete with author2reader (a2r) to VISTA data migration
  • Contractual support provided for all Influential systems deployed
  • Analysis of existing process surrounding Sales Deals functionality within T&F Journals. Requirements gathering, process flow, business analysis, eventual list of suggested improvements to be implemented.
  • Analysis of existing process surrounding Societies processing within T&F Journals. Requirements gathering, process flow, business analysis, eventual list of suggested improvements to be implemented.
  • Vendor selection for replacement of existing SAP subscription process system. Managed entire project from requirements gathering through vendor presentations and final recommendations. Considered THINK, Advantage Computer Services, Publishing Technology/VISTA and other smaller vendors.
  • Vendor selection for replacement of existing VISTA Royalties system. Considered Real Software, Publishing Technology, Klopotek and other smaller vendors. Managed entire project from requirements gathering through vendor presentations.
  • Analysis and implementation of complete process and system change to T&F’s global eBook billing solution.
  • Acquisitions support and consultancy for Hodder Higher Education, Informa Healthcare, Earthscan, Architectural Press, Focal Press, A K Peters, Willan, Brill and BRE.

Elsevier (since 2002)

  • Book Publishing System Migration from AS/400, Publisyst into Vista’s Author2Reader
  • Design and Implementation of an International Reps CRM solution based on open-source LAMP technology
  • Design, Build & Implementation of Global Management Reporting Solution using Cognos Impromptu, Powerplay (OLAP) and Upfront (Web distribution), Decision Stream (ETL) and MS SQL Server Database
  • Design and Build of a new enterprise web-based query and data-maintenance tool using ASP and SQL Server (750+ users)
  • Resourcing and Project Management
  • Internal Corporate & Change Management
  • Contractual support provided for all Influential systems deployed
  • Acquisitions support and consultancy for Harcourt and Butterworth Heinemann integrations

Phaidon Press (since 2010)

  • Design, Build & Implementation of Cognos Management reporting solution to replace all legacy Management Reporting across the Phaidon list
  • Full review, recommendation and strategic planning of future Reporting and Enterprise Planning needs (build underway)
  • Contractual frontline support for tools and technology deployed

BPP (since 2010)

  • Analysis for Inventory Management solution
  • Assistance in WMS improvements

Society for Endocrinology (since 2011)

  • CTO recruitment, IT vision, systems/finance assistance

Oxford University Press (since 2012)

  • Prince2-qualified project management resource

Cambridge University Press (2010-2011)

  • Project Management for the Digital Asset Management (DAMS) global implementation
  • Data conversion
  • VB technical assistance

Reed Business International (2006-2007)

  • Support for Publisyst SOP/POP system, including Powerhouse 4GL

Harcourt Publishers (1993-2002)

  • Warehouse automation including RF use at goods-in, putaway, returns, replen
  • Implementation, improvements and support for Publisyst Book Publishing System
  • Design, Build & Implementation of Global Management Reporting Solution using Cognos Impromptu, Powerplay (OLAP) and Upfront (Web distribution)
  • Design, code and implementation of bespoke Books Royalties system
  • Resourcing and Project Management
  • Acquisitions support and consultancy for Morgan Kaufmann, Butterworth Heinemann, Mosby, CRC Press and The Psychological Corporation (now Pearson Assessment).

The Stationery Office (1998-2000)

  • Y2K assistance
  • Resourcing, release control and Project Management

Mirror Group newspapers (1999-2000)

  • Y2K assistance
  • Resourcing and Project Management

If you would like to talk to us in more detail about our experiences with any of our clients, please contact us.