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PPM - Editorial & Production

The PPM product planning and production system carries out all the title planning and production processes in a publishing house. Product planning and production can rely on preconfigured standard processes or you can configure the system entirely according to in-house workflows. Task and milestone planning, communication with internal and external business partners, break-even analyses, ensuring the flow of metadata, requesting quotations, placing orders, managing suppliers: with the PPM product planning and production system, editorial and production departments ensure the transparent planning and successful production of their books, e-books, printed and electronic journals, articles, loose-leaf works, databases, services, audio, video, apps and merchandise in a unified system.

With PPM – Editorial & Production

  • Program planners / editors ensure the provision of complete, consistent metadata for content
  • Editorial departments ensure every product can be found on the internet
  • Use the calculation tool to compare the cost effectiveness of classic production methods with PoD models
  • Control the production process with the task planner and manages capacity, even at article level
  • Control the production process with the Production Cockpit and recognize cost drivers and deviations from the plan
  • Deal with supplier management and controlling via the central business partner pool
  • Determine lead times thus optimizing production processes
  • Optimize coordination with external service providers
  • Initiate and check gang productions thus reducing production costs
  • Make reliable decisions on the planning of reprints and new editions on the basis of information on stock levels, order volume and sales statistics
  • Switch flexibly between traditional and on-demand production

Unique features

  • Metadata management and data supply in the standard ONIX format
  • E-book structures: reproduction of e-books in conformance with current specifications and standards of industry organizations
  • Meet deadlines and manage inter-departmental cooperation easily with PPM Dashboard
  • Templates for every level of costing, import and export of supplier price lists
  • Manage variant calculations with different production specifications, processes and edition sizes from preliminary estimates to automatic final calculations
  • Individually configurable break-even analysis
  • Automated processing of supplier invoices and generation of stock valuations
  • Production processes for components too with the Product Component Manager
  • Coordinate deadlines and plan workloads across projects
  • Integrate supplier portals incl. automatic processing of feedback
  • Web Services and Message Based Services
  • Multi-location, multi-currency, multi-language, multi-company

Selected Customers

Case Studies

Taylor & Francis Group

Taylor & Francis Group

Case Study Klopotek software implementation – Product Planning and Management (PPM)

The "Global Tracking" (GT) project started in London with its main focus and primary goals within editorial, production and marketing. It has a strong impact on the business processes within the editorial department, as indeed on the whole editorial-production workflow. The editorial department can now carry out a preliminary estimation on the basis of the existing production price lists and all necessary information is available in a single database accessible worldwide. The system unites technical information with the economic perspective. We talked to Jeremy North (JN), Managing Director of Taylor & Francis Books UK, and Nigel Eyre (NE), Production Director of Taylor & Francis Books UK, in Milton Park, Abingdon.

Elsevier Case Study 02

Elsevier Case Study 02

“We know so much better what’s going on, and that’s the real gain“

The rollout of Klopotek’s Product Planning and Management system at Elsevier was completed in 2009. Now a total of 1,000 users around the globe work with PPM that integrates XML technology with Klopotek’s extensive experience as the preferred software provider to the publishing industry.