The publishing software knkPublishing has successfully gone live at Barbour Publishing.
“With knkPublishing we now have a future-focused publishing solution that supports our company mission as well as our business plan”, states Mary Burns, CEO and president of Barbour Publishing. “We chose knkPublishing because of its flexibility and wide range of publishing functionalities. It enables us to efficiently implement innovative business models and launch new products, as we plan to expand our direct consumer business, sell subscription products and other digital products in the future.”
In the first project phase, knkPublishing has gone live in the following areas: General Ledger and Financial Reporting, Rights and Royalties, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Sales and Accounts Receivable (AR), Purchasing and Accounts Payable (AP) and Inventory Management.
Further project phases to implement Budgeting, Book Production and Project Workflow Management to fully replace the current Bookmaster system are planned.
Barbour Publishing uses knkPublishing as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution in the cloud in order to outsource technical tasks such as server management.
“The key success factor for this project was the close collaboration between the Barbour project team and knk’s North American implementation team”, states Ralf Butterman, the knk project manager. “Throughout the whole project, Barbour’s key users were very committed to the project and took care of important project tasks themselves such as data migration. At the same time, the project really benefited from our experienced knk implementation team. Their in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and first-hand experience with other publishing solutions was one of the success factors and helped us in the project greatly.”
“Many publishers that we speak with have similar requirements to Barbour Publishing”, states Jason Spanos, Chief Revenue Officer of knk Software LP. “There is a strategic trend towards insisting upon out-of-the-box functionality in business software instead of turning to custom programming to meet these needs. This can be challenging to find, because one of the primary drivers mandating such a change is the need for additional flexibility. Also, publishers must keep up with ever-changing markets and customer needs – this is far easier if your system is interoperable with other systems and allows for easy exchange of crucial business data. We are very proud that we can support Barbour in their mission.”
About Barbour Publishing
Faithfulness to the Bible and love for Jesus Christ are the bedrock values behind every book Barbour’s staff produces. From a 70,000-square-foot facility in Uhrichsville, Ohio, Barbour produces more than 200 frontlist titles per year. Those books, coupled with nearly five hundred stock titles, are part of Barbour’s mission to provide retailers and consumers around the globe with affordable and accessible Christian products for all.
The Bible Promise Book®, The Prayer Map®, devotionals for all ages, Bibles, and popular Bible reference books, and fiction form the core of Barbour’s publishing activities. But we are also home to bestselling authors Wanda E. Brunstetter, Josh McDowell, Jonathan McKee, and Carolanne Miljavac, among others, in the Shiloh Run Press imprint.
About the knk Group
The knk Group has about 450 customers in the publishing and media industry all over North America, Europe and Asia and has offices in the US, UK, France and Germany.
knk develops and distributes knkPublishing – the only Microsoft certified publishing software in the world. It complements the range of services provided by Microsoft Dynamics 365 with publishing-specific functionality for book, magazine, and specialist publishers and is based on the latest Microsoft technology. The software can be used in the cloud as well as on-premise and can either be perpetually licensed or rented via subscription. In addition, the knk Group offers BI, CRM (knk365 for Media Sales), Customer Engagement (knk365 Market Insights) and Marketing Automation (knk365 Marketing Automation) solutions dedicated to meet the publishing and media industry’s needs.
In addition to knkPublishing and the knk365 solutions, the knk Group also offers the brands of Bradbury Phillips International Ltd, the most established provider of Rights and Royalty software for Publishers and Literary Agents, and the solution “VM Media Manager”- the market leading advertising, subscription and circulation management software in Germany.
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