Management Tools for Saving Time and Money
Eric Reiss, senior account executive at Global Turnkey Systems Inc.—a solutions provider that was recently acquired by Klopotek North America Inc., located in Parsippany, N.J.—agrees that reputation is important. Also important is that the company has the capability of providing service-oriented connections.
“Many of today’s business systems appear to offer similar features. Look for a vendor that has a truly experienced and available support infrastructure. Business environments are comprised of heterogeneous solutions from multiple vendors,” Reiss says. “Look for architectures that support service-oriented connections between systems and Web sites. Having an open, well-structured database underpinning the software is critical to business decision support and back-end interfaces.”
Publishing Management Solutions
Here are some of the leading current publishing management solutions on the market, including some publishers who have used each of the solutions, as well as a summary of their capabilities.
(A division of The Media
Services Group Ltd.)
Product: Cat’s Pajamas
Details: A suite of customized modules designed to automate accounting functions with solutions that address issues specific to the publishing industry: invoicing and returns, accounts/receivable, inventory, sales commissions and royalties with up-to-the minute data about customers, books, back orders, order activity and shipment history for viewing, reporting and exporting.
Customers Include: Children’s Publisher, Boyds Mills Press, Career Press, Harvard Education Publishing Group
Cost Structure: Costs range in the high four-figure to low five-figure range and higher for more complex systems.
Contact: (800) 827-2287,
Product: Acumen Book Publishing system
Details: A fully integrated business management system designed for publishers and distributors. The core system is designed to handle accounting, sales analysis, job costing, royalties, order entry, fulfillment, purchasing, mail lists and marketing, production marketing, title management, standing orders, contact management and inventory management.
Customers Include: Used by approximately 175 publishers worldwide.
Cost Structure: Varies based on customers needs.
Contact: (505) 983-6463,