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A 3D new books catalog developed by NEWBOOKS Solutions CIO and iucon CEO Björn Stude provided visitors to the book fair with the unique experience of discovering books in a virtual world.
Media reaction was also enthusiastic with wide coverage, including a press release from the Deutsche Presse-Agentur and a book fair recommendation in the category, „Interactive experiences: 10 things that you should definitely do at the fair“, from national broadcaster ARD.
Here’s a brief overview of the coverage:
NEWBOOKS Solutions also provides virtual reality applications for mobile devices. As a licensed partner of U.S. technology provider Hashplay for the German-speaking media and publishing industry, NEWBOOKS can offer customers virtual reality solutions that can be implemented quickly.
Based on the example of VLB-TIX, NEWBOOKS Solutions demonstrate how to utilize very large quantities of disparate data at the MarkLogic User Group in Berlin.
Many companies in the publishing and media industry are faced with difficulties when it comes to using their entire data pool since that data is often dispersed within separate business units and data silos. In order to gain access to their information companies have to invest an enormous amount of time and money in ETL (extracting, transforming and loading) tools and must force their data into relational databases. The problem with this approach is that customers, business partners and employees expect accurate and up-to-date information in real-time and cannot wait months or years for laborious integration processes to be completed. According to Moritz Hodde, CEO of NEWBOOKS Solutions, "Publishers need to be able to use both their own and external data quickly, efficiently and flexibly, because results are required now and in real-time, while the challenges posed tomorrow may be very different".
It was against this backdrop that Stefan Schwedt, CIO of NEWBOOKS Solutions and CEO of technology partner iucon, presented the VLB-TIX smart data project at the MarkLogic users meeting on October 13, 2016 in Berlin and mapped out the best path for companies in the media and publishing sector to follow, when it comes to integrating and efficiently using large and disparate quantities of data. In doing so he drew structural comparisons between traditional relational ETL-based databases and MarkLogic's innovative, non-relational approach, which was an essential component in the successful implementation and adoption of VLB-TIX as the system of choice for bookstores in the German-speaking world.
Schwedt explained how, with the support of MarkLogic, the development team has been able to achieve and permanently maintain the immense level of processing power required to run VLB-TIX. According to Schwedt, the combination of approximately 2 million merged records from the VLB and the equally large NEWBOOKS database, plus around 200,000 incremental updates per day and 5,000 users, each of whom on average enters 5 different search profiles based on an average of 13 different filter types, amounts to 65,000,000,000, yes that’s 65 billion comparisons, on the database!
Software architecture of VLB-TIX: Comparison between SQL and the actual NoSQL-Architecture
Given today’s technology and taking into account developments already in the pipeline such a volume of data can only be mapped using a NoSQL database. Furthermore, the diverse and often last-minute demands submitted by industry players could only be implemented, because in MarkLogic, who are the only company to have an operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database, NEWBOOKS found a reliable and optimal alternative to decades-old relational database systems. MarkLogic offered the developers the necessary flexibility and scalability and, above all, what can genuinely be described as “agile application development" in terms of concepts and requirements. Supported by tried and tested features such as top level security certification and high availability, MarkLogic is the state-of-the-art database system for smart data projects.
Klaus-Peter Stegen is to become Senior Advisor to publishing clients at NEWBOOKS Solutions and an additional partner in the company.
At the same time, the Cologne-based software and consultancy company will be broadening its portfolio to include the increasingly important fields of smart data and data aggregation.
Klaus-Peter Stegen was recently a board member at Klopotek AG and is one of the most highly respected experts in the publishing and services sector, especially in the fields of data management, organization, and evaluation. He will now be applying his expertise and many decades of experience in the industry to further developing NEWBOOKS Solutions.
The strategic thinking behind this high profile new appointment is centered especially around the Cologne-based company’s decision to strengthen its profile in the fields of smart data and data aggregation. Today publishers are often faced with the challenge of having to quickly and efficiently structure and evaluate huge quantities of very diverse data– not least in order to enable marketing departments to develop a 360°approach to their customers. Whether in the form of special analysis tools, publisher cockpits or dashboards it’s becoming increasingly important for publishers to find the right solutions for these evaluation and control functions in order to be successful. One of the common goals of NEWBOOKS Solutions and Klaus-Peter Stegen will be to develop this process of innovation according to customer requirements.
"We’re very fortunate that Klaus-Peter Stegen has decided to bring his exceptional expertise to NEWBOOKS Solutions – a decision which has also been the result of a gradual process. We’ve known and respected each other for many years, and now seemed the right time to apply our mutual regard to common projects and objectives," explains NEWBOOKS CEO Moritz Hodde.
Stefan Schwedt, Director for IT and Web Development at NEWBOOKS Solutions, adds: "We’re really looking forward to working with Klaus-Peter Stegen! After starting our partnership with MarkLogic in 2015, this will be another important step in our company’s development in the field of smart data. Today many publishers are asking themselves how they can effectively merge their data and use it successfully in communication. Together with Klaus-Peter Stegen our development team will provide tailor-made answers to precisely that question."
About NEWBOOKS Solutions
NEWBOOKS was founded by Moritz Hodde in 2003. The company quickly developed into one of the industry’s leading providers of high-quality metadata and IT services. Collaboration with the Hattingen-based software provider iucon quickly led to the development of a range of new title alerting services based on the NEWBOOKS catalog of scholarly and specialist books, an approval plan system for libraries, an industry-wide solution for the import of title data using ONIX 2.1 and the purchase and ordering system known as SARA.
In 2013 Moritz Hodde and Amr Osman founded NEWBOOKS Solutions GmbH together with Stefan Schwedt and Björn Stude, the managing directors of iucon. Since then the company has developed ground-breaking solutions for the industry such as VLB-TIX and together with MVB (a subsidiary of German Publishers & Booksellers Association) founded the joint ventures VLB-TIX and VLB-Services. With its import and export systems for ONIX 2.1 and 3.0 NEWBOOKS Solutions has become one of the pioneers in the introduction and implementation of the book industry standard.
As an official service partner of MarkLogic, NEWBOOKS Solutions has been offering its customers implementation of NoSQL database projects since 2015. In June 2016 NEWBOOKS Solutions received the „MarkLogic Partner Excellence Award“ in London.
Today’s publishers are faced with the challenge of having to quickly and efficiently structure and evaluate huge quantities of very diverse data - not least in order to enable marketing departments to develop a 360°approach to their customers.
For today’s media companies, data is an essential asset. From integrating data as part of the supply chain to the optimization of editorial and content-generating processes and the creation unique user experiences, the right data strategy can decide whether a company maintains its leading position or disappears from the radar. However, it’s not just internal data that needs to be part of such a strategy. The most innovative media players are looking beyond their own organizations in order to try and understand how their customers relate to their content and products. When it comes to creating fascinating immersive worlds, involving customers in order to gain a better understanding of user behavior, or harvesting their advertising value so as to build strong customer loyalty, a sound knowledge of the user environment is essential.
Stefan Schwedt and Moritz Hodde will be providing one-to-one consultancy on topics relevant to you. Pre-registration recommended. On-the-spot appointments possible subject to availability.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair, NEWBOOKS Solutions and MarkLogic will be making joint presentations on new opportunities provided by MarkLogic’s Enterprise NoSQL database. As part of the “Best Practice” session, Matt Turner (CTO, MarkLogic) will be presenting on: "The secret of success? Get to know your customers".
If you have a ticket to the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club you can also attend our events there. Simply make an appointment or drop by our stand for a refreshing drink. You’ll find us in Hall 3.1 H65
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At this year's MarkLogic World in London, Cologne-based software developer and consultant, NEWBOOKS Solutions was awarded the "Partner Excellence Award" and is now "Services Partner" of MarkLogic.
NEWBOOKS Solutions develops solutions for companies in the media, publishing and retail industries, and is responsible for the implementation of MarkLogic in the publishing industry’s new VLB-TIX system (Joint Venture of NEWBOOKS Solutions and MVB). In the case of relational databases, data sources must first be defined and structured and then properly linked using SQL programming. MarkLogic allows this stage to be bypassed and instead organizes direct and dynamic access to a constantly changing "information reality" - regardless of whether it’s been structured or not [...].Read more
The principle behind MarkLogic’s technology is simple. In contrast to conventional relational databases, MarkLogic can organize more or less any amount of data by providing direct access to already existing documents. Data sources are integrated ‘as is’, or in other words as objects in their original form.
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MarkLogic’s database technology is being used all over the world, including by the BBC, in Morgan Stanley’s trading systems and for the implementation of "ObamaCare" at the US Department of Health. At this year's MarkLogic World in London, Cologne-based software developer and consultant, NEWBOOKS Solutions was awarded the "Partner Excellence Award". NEWBOOKS Solutions develops solutions for companies in the media, publishing and retail industries, and is responsible for the implementation of MarkLogic in the publishing industry’s new VLB-TIX system (Joint Venture of NEWBOOKS Solutions and MVB).
From the left: Gary Bloom (CEO MarkLogic), Stefan Schwedt (CIO NEWBOOKS Solutions),
Moritz Hodde (CEO NEWBOOKS Solutions), Adrian Carr (SVP MarkLogic)
The principle behind MarkLogic’s technology is simple. In contrast to conventional relational databases, MarkLogic can organize more or less any amount of data by providing direct access to already existing documents. Data sources are integrated ‘as is’, or in other words as objects in their original form. In the case of relational databases, data sources must first be defined and structured and then properly linked using SQL programming. MarkLogic allows this stage to be bypassed and instead organizes direct and dynamic access to a constantly changing "information reality" - regardless of whether it’s been structured or not.
The principle is not only simple but also has far-reaching consequences for the future sustainable data management. NoSQL technology massively reduces the complexity of data integration. The elimination of the ETL (extract, transform, load) process also makes for faster and more flexible development - which in turn saves costs. Separate systems for transactions, analysis, and searches are now a thing of the past because all of the functions are fulfilled by a single central platform. Its search performance is clearly superior to SQL solutions, especially where large volumes of data and disparate data formats are concerned. Bearing that in mind, developers are unlikely to shed too many tears at the passing of SQL solutions. Their performance unfriendly data silos will simply be wiped out by NoSQL technology.
"For us, this award is a great honor – not only because of who our partner is but also because of the opportunity it represents for a strategic realignment of data management in the publishing and media industry. Thanks to agile application development, projects can be completed in just a few months instead of taking years. That saves a lot of time and money", says Moritz Hodde CEO at NEWBOOKS Solutions."There’s no doubt this represents a new dimension in data management," adds CIO Stefan Schwedt. "For me, MarkLogic is the Google of the database world. What Google provides as a search engine, MarkLogic makes possible as database solution: fast, precise, secure and constantly up to date access to an exponentially growing volume of a highly diverse information".
Join us for a chat and a refreshing drink in hall 3.1 H65 or at the Business Club in hall 4.0.
We are delighted to be presenting our solutions at Frankfurt Book Bair again this year: Customized solutions and consulting services in the areas of smart data, e-commerce and approval plan systems, product database solutions at content level, import and distribution tools for ONIX 3.0, format converter tools, easy-to-integrate online services such as digital previews and new publication alerts, as well as metadata management strategies for classification and keyword indexing.
We look forward to some interesting conversations and to hearing more about your ideas and requirements!
NEWBOOKS and MVB present 'VLB-TIX', their brand new preview and ordering system for the German-speaking publishing industry at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.
TIX is a web-based, cross-publisher catalog that provides purchase recommendations based on rich, accurate and timely metadata as well as a user-friendly front end that includes ERP connectivity. The new system streamlines the supply chain and will, therefore be of use to all professionals working in the German-speaking publishing industry, including publishers, booksellers, sales representatives, librarians, journalists/bloggers and reviewers.
Booksellers will be able to benefit from metadata widely distributed in the catalogs provided by VLB and NEWBOOKS which together combine 2.3 million title records. Catalog data will also be available for integration into booksellers' own customer information systems, such as online shops, new title alerts, and ERP systems.
Booksellers can send out new title alerts using TIX and can integrate the alerting service into their own online shops as well as using it to manage customer contact lists for TIX-based services, such as B2C newsletters and B2B solutions (approval plans for libraries or corporate customers, MARC/MAB/EDI converters and eProcurement modules). This means that by using TIX booksellers will dramatically improve the way their customers purchase content.
Publishers will be able to use TIX to present new and forthcoming titles alongside relevant backlist and will receive regular usage analysis and accurate sales figures. They can choose whether to use the integrated advanced template system or create their own layouts, either in-house or together with their marketing agencies. Using TIX publishers will benefit from significant cost savings brought about by providing preview information in a digitized format as well as from client-tailored title selection (based on the new international THEMA subject classification) and faster purchase decisions by booksellers.
Publishers can also choose from one or two extra features. For example, NEWBOOKS` easy-to-use metadata management service streamlines the whole process of managing and disseminating book information. Once data has been entered in TIX, VLB or the NEWBOOKS catalog, our metadata management service automatically sends it to selected booksellers, wholesalers, book information services, distributors and eBook aggregators. Bibliographic data is delivered accurately and on time in each recipient’s preferred format and with their preferred classification system. We can provide all standard formats and proprietary formats as well as all standard classifications and proprietary classifications: