Today we had a demo
And it was fun. Robin from Anko visited Mercier Press and gave (almost) the entire team a run down on their system. In short, it addressed all the points we had raised in our internal meetings designed to figure out what we wanted and needed from an integrated system.
Anko bill the product heavily on its ability to provide ONIX compliant messages for our partners in the trade. It is essentially one of those back room tasks that makes life easier for them and makes it easier for us to sell books.
From our perspective the time saving of moving from multiple entries for a title to a single easily updated entry that is valid across the entire system is beyond measure. It will be a change to have a single system but a good one and the challenges of data migration seem, at least for now (let’s see how that changes when we begin), a minor inconvenience in achieving it!
Looking forward to integrated-ness