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Miles 33 started 2013 with a huge order for our new Gemstone system. In January, Newsquest signed for a 1500 seat system, kicking off a consolidation project that will replace a myriad of disparate advertising systems. Gemstone will be deployed in a private cloud serving all Newsquest's publications and websites. And there are a lot! Newsquest is the UK's second largest media company and publishes 17 daily newspapers, over 300 weekly newspapers, 151 websites and a range of magazines, all of which will ultimately be using the new Gemstone system for selling media content and advertising.
Modules include CRM, Ad Booking, Audience Analysis, Workflow, Enterprise reports and Inventory Management.
Installation has already started and the first components are slated to go live in July this year.
Gemstone had its formal public debut at IFRA 2012, where it was received with great enthusiasm as it consolidates many new media functions into a single, integrated system. This is the power of Gemstone, instead of a print-centric system that has been extended with new media functions, Gemstone was developed from the ground up to be a multi-media revenue management system.
It is the first such system to hit the publishing industry, which is undergoing tremendous changes as newspapers transform themselves from a print-driven company to a digital media publisher.
Another Gemstone order has been signed with a large UK group. Here Gemstone will function as a revenue management infrastructure supporting a Salesforce.com front-end.
Functional details are still being discussed and finalised, so watch this space for a formal announcement in March or April.
As revenues from digital efforts grow, publishers are facing an increased need to consolidate their technology. No longer is it feasible to maintain multiple advertising systems as it hinders bundling and media packaging, not to mention it's harder to do revenue reporting across all media channels.
The UK is one of the most competitive media markets in the world and UK publishers are known for their progressive approach to making technology work for them. Now, new systems such as Gemstone allow them to start consolidating their technologies into an infrastructure that is easier to manage and which removes any delineation between print and online and Miles 33 is proud to be part of that new thrust in the digital revolution.
Last November, we reported the sale of a mobile publishing solution to Unity Media Malaysia, publisher of the United Daily News, a daily Chinese newspaper in East Malaysia.
We are extremely proud to announce that the new tablet and smartphone editions have gone live with very positive market feedback.
The digital publications are available on Android, Apple, Mobile and Desktop platforms. Readers will only have to subscribe once and they can access the subscribed Epaper editions on any of the platforms.
The Epaper comes with some special features such as off-line reading, a special multi-media channel, social media connectivity for sharing, bookmarking content and in-app subscription purchases.
FOCUS MALAYSIA, a newly launched business newspaper goes live in the GN4 Content Management System.
The system order was concluded in mid October 2012 in preparation for the December 7 launch of the publication. The new publication is now fully live and the system includes an archive module, a website and an off-site backup and disaster recovery system. Another website is in the works and is slated for launch later this year.
When HCK Media went on a search for a content management system, they knew the launch of a new publication would demand the lion’s share of their attention. Selecting a system that could be implemented quickly and successfully was essential. They selected the GN4 content management system suite which includes newsroom, workflow, editing, pagination, archiving and extensive multi-media functionality. True to form, the system was implemented within 7 weeks, ready for a successful launch of the new newspaper.
Pagination is done on Adobe InDesign CS6 using the GN4-to-InDesign plugins.
Gazzetta del Sud in Sicily, Italy, is 100% live on GN4.
Gazzetta is a daily newspaper that publishes 5 editions throughout Sicily. Each of the editions has a local newsroom that connect to the GN4 system which is hosted on a server farm located in Messina.
The central system uses a structure of virtual servers.
The main newsroom and one of the two print sites are located in Messina, the other print site is located in Cosenza, about 120 miles away.
The United Daily News, in East Malaysia goes live on a Chinese Tablet Publishing System provided by Miles 33.
It marks the 4th Tablet Publishing System in the region to go live in recent months, all are supplied by Miles 33.
The Dominion Post goes live on the GN4 Content Management System, the first phase of their project.
Next will be GNXpedio, the Tablet Publishing System from Miles 33 which will introduce smartphone and tablet based publishing channels.
Full advertising and CMS3000 business system with the SAM Self-Service Ad Portal will follow after that.
We previously reported that OASYS and DIP are now available on Ubuntu.
Morris Press, Absolute Service, Inc. and Consolidated Communications are all converting from Sun/Oracle Sparc technology to Standard x86 PC-based platforms.
The new Linux-based version of OASYS and DIP now supports the most current software release, with all the features of the current OASYS/DIP product offerings.