Together with the managing directors of iucon, Björn Stude and Stefan Schwedt, NEWBOOKS Solutions was founded in 2013. The new formation has resulted in an ever closer collaboration between the Cologne and Hattingen based companies.
Since then the company has developed groundbreaking products such as the standard new title announcement service for the German-speaking publishing industry 'VLB-TIX' – also the first project in which we deployed the MarkLogic Enterprise NoSQL database to integrate data from different sources better, faster and with less cost. Assigned with the 'Partner Excellence Award', NEWBOOKS Solutions became one of the key services partners of MarkLogic.
Our jointly developed standard systems for the processing of bibliographic data in ONIX 3.0 are widely used both in the German-speaking and in the international publishing industry. Our ONIX Tools for the import and export of ONIX metadata are utilized by the complete supply chain in the book trade, such as the central book catalogs NEWBOOKS (German and English titles) and VLB, wholesalers like KNV and Umbreit, many library suppliers and important bookselling chains.
Moreover, we realize - together with iucon - software solutions for professional data management and smart data projects for media, publishing houses, information providers, and retail companies.
Björn Stude is CIO for database development at NEWBOOKS Solutions as well as being a joint owner of the company. He is responsible for strategy and development in the fields of databases and data formats. Together with Stefan Schwedt he founded the Hattingen-based software business iucon, which they still jointly manage today. Björn was already developing innovative programs while studying media informatics at the Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen, including software for synchronizing the PDA “Palm Pilot”.
As CIO for web development, Stefan Schwedt is responsible for technical development at NEWBOOKS Solutions as well as being a joint owner of the company. Together with Björn Stude he also runs the Hattingen-based software business iucon. Stefan founded iucon while studying Computer Science at Dortmund Technical University, from where he graduated with honors.
Providing user interfaces along with their underlying processing logic from a single source: that’s the approach that iucon has followed since being founded in 2000. The company’s goal is to provide a dynamic and harmonious link between the front end and data pool for projects of any size and complexity. It’s this goal that determines the programming languages and technologies to be used – always with optimum usability and the customer’s business objective in mind.
iucon focus on solutions that require the precise and efficient processing of large quantities of data. Consistent application of Microsoft software architecture guarantees that iucon’s customers benefit from having access to stable and future-proof systems. iucon has been a 'Microsoft Gold Certified Partner' since 2010.
iucon work on projects within the publishing industry as well as in other sectors. For example, an order from the Bavarian mail order business, SIP Scootershop led to the development of the autonomous ERP system „iuBIZ“, which is now frequently used as an omnichannel solution. If required, customers can also be provided with an online store that includes an integrated ERP system – the perfect platform for entering the online market.