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19 October 2016

KUMAVISION and knk cooperate in the publishing business

KUMAVISION AG and knk Business Software AG will work closely together in the field of publishing software in the future. This was announced by the two companies at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Under the banner of the progressive digitalization of the publishing and media industry, the two Microsoft partners will develop, distribute and implement their industry solutions from 1. January to advance 2017 together.

"We bundle our expertise, we create synergies and we set a clear signal in the direction of investment and future security for our customers," explains Markus Leuter, who is responsible for publishing software at KUMAVISION. "For Knk, the KUMAVISION publishing division is the ideal partner. In a highly dynamic environment, we are further expanding our position as a technology leader in publishing software, thus supporting publishers in day-to-day operations as well as in strategic development, "says knk founder and CEO Knut Nicholas Krause.

Ready for the future

Both companies develop, distribute and implement publishing software based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV for national and international clients. The product lines are to be merged, strengths of the respective solutions are made available to all users. The declared goal is to respond to the changing market and customer requirements of the publishing and media industry in even shorter innovation cycles with pioneering software solutions and services.

Extended customer service

Maintenance and updates for the publishing software are ensured as well as the provision of services. The known contact persons are retained. In the future, publishers will benefit from new offers - both in the consulting area as well as in the form of software solutions and services.

Forward-looking, certified publishing software

The publishing solutions from knk and KUMAVISION combine the commercial functions of Microsoft Dynamics (including financial accounting, order processing and logistics) with the industry-specific functions for book, specialist and magazine publishers as well as for media companies. The Microsoft certification ensures that the software meets the highest quality standards, is internationally applicable and that the components can be used individually or in combination and integrated into the other Microsoft applications. Publishers thus have the opportunity to cover their entire process and value-added chains redundantly and without interfaces with an integrated software solution. This leads to low IT operating costs, high productivity and very high agility of the publisher in the market.

Latest technology

Since Microsoft annually approx. 1 billion dollars invested in research and development of the software, the solution remains always up to date. Because it is standard software that is marketed worldwide, the software is still inexpensive for each publisher. Publishers can buy or rent the software and supplement it - where it is important to you - with individual extensions. The software is local, in the Cloud and available on mobile devices (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile). The solution is optimally integrated into the rest of the Microsoft system landscape, eg with Office365, CRM Online, Social Listening, Marketing Automation, Azure Web Services (including Machine Learning) and state-of-the-art reporting tools such as Microsoft PowerBI. Such a versatile offer does not exist anywhere else in the world.

Competitive advantages for KNK and KUMAVISION customers

"Our role in the market is to leverage the latest Microsoft technologies for publishers, so that our clients can focus on their own strengths and always stay one step ahead of other publishers," Krause continues. "As the number of knowledge areas to be covered continues to increase, close cooperation in development and sales issues is becoming more and more important in the IT industry as well: on the one hand, we need specialists who are familiar with the latest technologies and who we specifically train. At the same time, we also need generalists who combine these fields of knowledge and put them to use by our customers. That's why we join forces with the experienced KUMAVISION publishing team. "

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