IBS Australia have announced that Carroll Education, one of Ireland’s leading publishers and distributors of primary school educational materials, have agreed to implement IBS Publishing ERP software, IBS Bookmaster. Carroll Education were looking for a complete and integrated ERP software system for all aspects of their publishing and distribution business and selected IBS Bookmaster as the best ERP software solution.
Carroll Education, based in Dublin, are publishers and distributors of literacy and numeric resources for primary schools throughout the Republic of Ireland. The company was formed in 1981 and have developed their business to include a full distribution service as well as publishing. According to Jonathan Saint, Managing Director of Carroll Education, the previous ERP system lacked some of the key requirements demanded in the modern publishing and book distribution industry. It could not offer any remote access to the core system, there was no integrated customer relationship management system and no integrated eCommerce capability. It also could not offer some of the specific functionality the company required to meet the changing demands of their business, such as editorial and book production and royalties management.
After an extensive search of the market, Carroll Education selected IBS Bookmaster because it had all the qualities Carroll Education were looking for. IBS Bookmaster is the most widely used publishing system in the world, with customers in 21 countries on five major continents. The software caters for the specific requirements of academic, trade, specialized, niche and subscriptions based publishers and distributors. It incorporates a variety of industry-specific modules and features required by many publishers, such as Royalties, Returns Management, Subscriptions, Editorial & Book Production, Direct Mail, Academic Sales, Title Management, Title Restrictions, dealing with buying groups and much more. Carroll Education implemented IBS Publishing ERP software as a complete hosted solution.
The IBS Bookmaster Hosted service gives a number of benefits in terms of reduced capital outlay, and there is no need for dedicated internal IT resources and no need to find the physical space required to house the system servers. The IBS Bookmaster Hosted service provides single point of contact for all areas of hardware and software support in a package that suits the specific requirements.
According to Mike Irving, VP Publishing for IBS Australia this is a very important installation for IBS Australia as it is the first IBS Bookmaster implementation to be delivered as a fully hosted solution in Europe.