Milan is a large publisher of regional and youth magazines based in Toulouse, France. It was purchased by Bayard in 2004. The year-long Bayard Milan in-conversion project went live on Advantage in early May. Data entry began on the 4th, and the combined processing with both Bayard and Milan orders ran successfully. The Milan websites were also integrated with Advantage during the project and have seen increased traffic compared to their previous sites. With Milan activity now on Advantage, Bayard is planning to implement a strategy of marketing and organizational optimization.
Benoit Marchal, Anne-Marie Massiot and Corinne Cabirol teamed up on the project on the Milan side. They have been strongly supported by Bayard team, managed by Emmanuel Chevalier.
On the ACS side, Project Manager Levi Hyssong was largely responsible for the project being accomplished on time. Philippe van Mastrigt assisted Bayard on site in Paris. Others at ACS who worked on the project were Angie Markel, Kathie Porter, Karl Davis, Bryan Varblow and Dave Rees.
Congratulations to Bayard Milan and the project teams!
A Recent Acquisition of Our Sunday Visitor
Acquired by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing in June, 2009, Harcourt Religion Publishers, now referred to as Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division, recently completed its conversion and went live on Advantage. The acquisition has brought together two leading Catholic publishing groups to provide a one-source solution for lifelong faith development within Catholic parishes and schools. The conversion of the Curriculum Division to Advantage allows Our Sunday Visitor Publishing to consolidate data, streamline customer service, improve fulfillment and inventory management, and maximize sales efforts by using the same system.
The conversion project was headed up at ACS by Scott Ghormley, and the team included John Sheehy and Doug Moore.
Joe Wixted was the point person on the OSV side, and his team included Gabrielle Cash, Penny Reichhart and Kim Vosilla.
"This was a very challenging migration," says Joe, "as we carved the Harcourt Religion Publishing group out of a very large, complicated corporate parent. With three weeks to go-live, we had to scrap a large portion of our conversion methodology, but the ACS staff did an outstanding job working with us, the data, the staff of Harcourt Religion's previous parent company and the compressed timeline to make it happen on time and correctly."
We are pleased to welcome the Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division to our Advantage family.