Express Newspapers, One of the UK's Largest Newspaper Companies, Selects Woodwing

    ZAANDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 18 /CNW/ -- WoodWing Software has been
selected by UK publisher Express Newspapers to supply Smart Connection
Enterprise as the editorial platform for the Daily Express, Daily Star, Ok!
Magazine and several other publications.
    With an average daily sale approaching two million copies, Express
Newspapers is one of the largest newspaper publishing companies in the UK.
After carefully evaluating the main suppliers of editorial solutions, the
company decided to replace its existing QPS system with WoodWing's Smart
Connection Enterprise. At 700 seats, this is one of the larger members of the
WoodWing family.
    Smart Connection Enterprise fit the company's needs for an editorial
system that is flexible and scalable. Also, for the Express one of the main
selection criteria was Web and multi-media support. WoodWing's blended media
approach offered the required multi-channel publishing capabilities.
Altogether, Smart Connection Enterprise was best suited to meet the ever-
changing demands of the modern publisher.
    "We are convinced the WoodWing system will give us the kind of
performance we are looking for," said Steve Draper, IT Director at the
Express. "It is a young, forward-looking company which will work with us and
our integrator Media Systems to deliver a system tailored to our needs. The
flexible and open nature of the system was a key factor in the decision."
    "This is one of the largest and most successful publishing companies in
the UK," said Jeroen Sonnemans, WoodWing Europe's Managing Director. "Their
decision-making process was very thorough. The scale of the operation in terms
of user numbers and multiplicity of sites dictated the need for an open,
highly configurable yet robust solution; they knew precisely what they needed.
Smart Connection Enterprise proves to be unbeatable in such cases."
    Media Systems Limited secured the contract, which combines Smart
Connection Enterprise with Net Publish Enterprise, a content archiving
solution from, and a wire copy management system from
    About WoodWing
    WoodWing Software develops enterprise software for the publishing
industry. Based on principles of open source components, World Wide Web
standards, and price/performance leadership, WoodWing has broken industry
records for the scale and scope of adoption.
    WoodWing Software is located in Zaandam, The Netherlands, and has
regional sales companies for Europe, the USA, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.
Customers are served through select partners.

    Gerard van den Akker

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