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Product Planning and Management (PPM)

The Product Planning and Management System (PPM) enables publishers and media companies to optimize the management of internal and external processes. Publishers of every size – from small publishers to global media corporations – plan, manage and market their complete print and digital product portfolios with PPM. With the support of modern workflows, PPM tools help to develop products and to turn content into business.

An integrated and comprehensive solution for all planning processes, PPM incorporates:

PPM – Title Management & Product Marketing

PPM – Editorial & Production

PPM – Contracts, Rights & Royalties

 

The integration of the three solutions in a unified system creates synergies, and increases efficiency, transparency and data quality because all the planning data is in a single system and all the modules work with the same data, for example:

  • All the modules use a universal address pool and CRM system; suppliers, authors, royalty recipients, customers, etc. are all found in a unified database
  • Products created in the production modules are used in Title Management and planned and costed in production projects
  • Contracts, Rights & Royalties uses the product and author data from Title Management

From the very beginning, PPM was designed as an integrated system. Export and import interfaces between the modules are not necessary; with PPM, there are no interruptions in the workflows and no inconsistencies in the database.

With PPM, every role, every employee and every department in the publishing house receives support for their daily tasks, correct and up-to-date data, and assistance with collaboration. Management receives auditable processes and workflows, and accurate, objective, consistent data from a unified system.

The Product Planning and Management system can be implemented worldwide, it supports multiple locations, multiple currencies, multiple languages and multiple companies. The PPM solution can be used both in-house and "as a service" (SaaS), preconfigured on the basis of documented best-practice business processes.

Selected Customers

Case studies

Royal Society of Chemistry (A4 format)

Royal Society of Chemistry (A4 format)

Case Study Klopotek Software Implementation – Product Planning and Management System (PPM) as Software as a Service (SaaS)

International scientific publisher the Royal Society of Chemistry, known for its books and journals in the field of chemical sciences, has implemented Klopotek Software as a Service (SaaS) as a fully integrated publishing solution. The new system feeds the Royal Society of Chemistry website, provides ONIX files to external aggregators and receives sales data from both its UK and US distributors for the purpose of calculating author royalties. In an interview with us, Janet Freshwater, Senior Commissioning Editor (and project owner), Amy Midgley, Business Analyst, Strategic Innovation Group (and project manager), and Merlin Fox, Commissioning Editor (and responsible for the sub project editorial, migration support, and ONIX) talk about the benefits gained by implementing Klopotek and the collaboration of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Klopotek UK.


Taylor & Francis Group

Taylor & Francis Group

Case Study Klopotek software implementation – Product Planning and Management (PPM)

The "Global Tracking" (GT) project started in London with its main focus and primary goals within editorial, production and marketing. It has a strong impact on the business processes within the editorial department, as indeed on the whole editorial-production workflow. The editorial department can now carry out a preliminary estimation on the basis of the existing production price lists and all necessary information is available in a single database accessible worldwide. The system unites technical information with the economic perspective. We talked to Jeremy North (JN), Managing Director of Taylor & Francis Books UK, and Nigel Eyre (NE), Production Director of Taylor & Francis Books UK, in Milton Park, Abingdon.

Moody Publishers (A4 format)

Moody Publishers (A4 format)

“Implementing Klopotek has aided in reporting, so that we can do analysis work to make better-informed decisions on what we do to enhance the market share": Case Study Moody

Moody Publishers has been working with an integrated version of Global Turnkey Systems’ product UNISON and Klopotek PPM since April 2008. In the middle of 2008, Moody implemented the PPM Product Pool and Business Partner Pool. Since that time, PPM has become the sole repository for maintaining product and author information. In June of 2009, Moody went live with the Production, Scheduling, and Production Cockpit modules, and August saw the beginning of phase 3: implementing Contracts, Rights & Royalties (CR&R). Duane Koenig, Director of Operations, and Gregory Miller, Manager of Business Solutions, explain why this software selection has radically improved many of Moody’s publishing processes, why Klopotek gives them vastly improved ability to monitor all aspects of rights management and payment, and what future plans are with Klopotek.

Verlagsgruppe Random House (A4 format)

Verlagsgruppe Random House (A4 format)

“From write-offs to value creation”: Case Study Verlagsgruppe Random House

Thomas Pichler, CFO, and Jörg Warmer, CIO, were responsible for the roll-out of Klopotek software for Verlagsgruppe Random House. In an interview with us, they explained why the Royalty module in the Product Planning and Management system (PPM) represents a sub-ledger, why, along with royalty statements, write-offs are of significant importance to a publishing company – and how the collaborative project between Verlagsgruppe Random House, Klopotek and arvato systems achieved a change of philosophy “from write-offs to value creation” (Thomas Pichler).

Elsevier Case Study 02

Elsevier Case Study 02

“We know so much better what’s going on, and that’s the real gain“

The rollout of Klopotek’s Product Planning and Management system at Elsevier was completed in 2009. Now a total of 1,000 users around the globe work with PPM that integrates XML technology with Klopotek’s extensive experience as the preferred software provider to the publishing industry.

F.A. Davis (A4 format)

F.A. Davis (A4 format)

Klopotek’s total software solution removes redundancy and overlapping of information

In June 2007, F.A. Davis went live with Klopotek’s Customer Care Management (CCM), Book Sales and Distribution (BSD) and Product Planning and Management (PPM) for Production. Four months later, in October, the company completed the ‘switch to Klopotek’ by implementing PPM for Contracts, Rights & Royalties. George Ricciardi, Director of MIS / Internet Services, gave some insight into why F.A. Davis implemented Klopotek software and the benefi ts of an integrated solution for their business performance.

Eichborn

Eichborn

“We want to make books and invest in that, not in hardware”: Eichborn Case studie

In 2008, Eichborn decided to review its internal processes and its software. The result: in a fi ve-month project, the previous royalty statements system was replaced by Klopotek’s CR&R solution (Contracts, Rights & Royalties). After successfully switching to CR&R, the second project phase began in April 2009: there was a complete transfer to Klopotek’s Editorial, Production, Distribution, Marketing, and Publicity solutions in November 2009. Eichborn is a pilot customer for Klopotek SaaS (Software as a Service). In this interview, Stephan Gallenkamp, board member at Eichborn AG, explains why Eichborn had to replace its old systems, what the main requirements of a new software solution were, and why Eichborn chose the Klopotek SaaS model.