(January 20, 2015) International Business Systems (IBS),a leading provider of supply chain solutions, announced today that McGraw-Hill Education has launched IBS Bookmaster as its back office infrastructure in Asia Pacific and India. The new ERP platform will manage the complexities of selling digital and print products.
The learning science company has been an IBS customer since 1988. McGraw-Hill Education’s APAC and India regions have consolidated three systems onto IBS Bookmaster 7.9 and, as such, catapulted to the forefront of digital education delivery. The undertaking spanned 14 months, involved 60 dedicated personnel, and will facilitate sales in 35 countries in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Singapore and India. Rollouts in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Latin America are under consideration for implementation over the next two to three years.
“While a successful ERP implementation is worthy of celebration in and of itself, the business transformation it will engender is even more critical,” said Kevin Smith, Global Vice President of Technology at McGraw-Hill Education. “We’ve embarked on a journey that enables us to better react to our customers’ needs today and into the future, and IBS technology has facilitated this goal.”
IBS Bookmaster is a publishing-specific, integrated enterprise management solution designed specifically for the needs of publishers and book distributors with both print and digital businesses. It is comprised of a robust core distribution, financial and Supply Chain Management (SCM) system with highly functional integration to web-based financial transaction and business management processes.
“IBS Bookmaster enables us to execute our strategic plan, which includes the sale of digital products, and deliver on our mission to improve learning outcomes,” said Matthew Cantwell, Vice President of Finance and Strategy at McGraw-Hill Education. “It also enables enhanced analytics, greater transparency in financial reporting, robust compliance and controls, and optimal customer service interactions. Perhaps the most immediate benefit is that it saves our people time, time that can be used for more productive activities.”
McGraw-Hill Education selected IBS Bookmaster for its publishing industry attributes. While ERP projects of this scale are complex, Cantwell cited this IBS migration as largely on time and on budget, lowering McGraw-Hill Education’s total cost of ownership. IBS Bookmaster also reduces business risk. Newly designed business processes deliver optimal, cross-functional workflows for McGraw-Hill Education’s staff and overall business.
“Bookmaster will play an integral part in McGraw-Hill Education’s strategy to deliver digital solutions to the marketplace,” said Renee Nicholson, Professional Services Manager APAC at IBS. “We are honored to be part of this initiative.”
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