knkPublishing will become the core publishing software of Edinburgh-based Witherby Publishing Group. The software will be used in the areas of Sales Order Processing, Subscriptions, Warehouse Management, Royalties, CRM, Financial Accounting, as well as for Marketing, and a feed to their online store. During the project, the in-house legacy ERP solution along with Sage for financial accounting will be replaced by knk’s suite of modular products.
Witherby will implement knkPublishing hosted in the Microsoft Azure Cloud, allowing their offices and remote workforce to access the same system and reduce the overhead on IT.
“We looked at several systems and chose knkPublishing as it provides an integrated solution that covers our entire business processes in one single application and it is based on a modern future-proof technology. Our aim was to find a standard solution which didn’t require expensive customization yet had sufficiently rich functionality to meet the needs of all departments. knk’s profound publishing industry knowledge shone through and this was also crucial to our decision”, Kat Heathcote, Commercial Director, explains.
“With the implementation of knkPublishing, we are taking the opportunity to streamline all internal and external processes, reducing manual intervention and automating more processes”, Kat Heathcote adds.
Iain Macneil, CEO of Witherby Publishing, points out: “Having knk as a strategic partner we feel like we are in safe hands. We are really impressed by knk’s professionalism and reliability and are looking forward to the project”.
John Lawson, Director of knk Software UK, is also looking forward to the future collaboration: “We are really enjoying working with Witherby, the largest independent publisher in Scotland, and are looking forward to delivering an end-to-end solution that addresses their needs and a collaborative long-term relationship thereafter”.
About Witherby Publishing Group:
Witherby Publishing Group is a specialist publisher of training, reference and regulatory materials, providing the finest books and publications to the shipping, insurance and energy industries.
Based in Edinburgh, Witherby is one of Scotland’s largest and most successful publishing houses. With a portfolio of over 600 specialist titles, Witherby also publishes under the Seamanship International and Witherby Insurance imprints. Witherbys’ books and guidance material are exported to more than 110 countries.
Founded in 1988, knk develops and distributes knkPublishing – the only Microsoft certified publishing software in the world. It complements the range of services provided by Microsoft Dynamics with publishing-specific functionality for book, magazine, and specialist publishers and is based on the latest web and BI technology. The software can be used in the Azure cloud as well as on-premise and can either be licensed or rented.
Currently, the knk Group has about 450 customers in the publishing industry all over Europe, North America and Asia and opened its dedicated UK office in January 2018. In April 2018 knk expanded its operations with the acquisition of Bradbury Phillips International Ltd, the most established provider of Rights and Royalty software for Publishers and Literary Agents.
In addition, the muellerPrange GmbH & Co. KG belongs to the knk Group with their product “VM Verlags-Manager”, the market leading advertising and subscription and circulation management software for popular magazines and newspapers in German-speaking countries. Further products of muellerPrange are the CRM software “MediaMillion” and the BI software “Diamond Server”.
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