CMP Information (CMPi), a leading publisher owned by United Business Media Plc, has signed a £1.5 million, five year deal with SAVVIS to enable more effective use of existing IT resources and to support international business growth.
CMPi publishes over 40 magazines including Music Week and Property Week and provides award winning targeted media solutions such as exhibitions, conferences and websites. The company has customers in over 120 countries, across 20 vertical markets and is expanding its offerings on a global scale.
The deal with SAVVIS, a global leader in IT infrastructure services for business and government applications, will ensure reliability, scalability and redundancy of CMPi’s infrastructure and enable CMPi to channel its IT resources into more strategic IT projects to support business growth. Mission critical projects include expanding its virtual conference and exhibition offering, as well as developing its digital strategy to deliver added value to its customers.
SAVVIS will host CMPi’s entire critical IT infrastructure, including its email, financial services, business intelligence and CRM systems and will provide managed hosting for several of CMPi’s websites on SAVVIS’ managed utility blade platform. SAVVIS will also manage secure network connections between a number of CMPi’s global offices.
The print and publishing industry is a deadline driven environment, so speed-to-market is essential. SAVVIS’ secure content exchange application and network has enabled the rapid distribution of large volumes of electronic data between CMPi and its suppliers over the past 6 years. This end-to-end workflow accelerates the production, review and approval process of published content.
“For CMPi, IT is critical in supporting business growth, particularly as more of our business activity is focused online. We also have a busy publishing and print workflow operation across countless editorial, online, creative and production teams,” said Paul Way, Digital Development Director at CMPi. “SAVVIS’ credentials and heritage in the print and publishing industry, coupled with the flexible portfolio of managed infrastructure services to allow us to scale our business, were key selling points for CMPi. Effectively, the deal will enable our IT department to be more dedicated to mission critical projects.”
“SAVVIS has a wealth of experience within the print and publishing sector and it is clear to see that more and more companies are looking to outsource their IT infrastructure to keep up with the demand for online material and news as it happens,” said Richard Warley, International Managing Director at SAVVIS. “Our flexible hosting offering will enable CMPi to provide a reliable service to its customers whilst enabling it to grow rapidly on a global scale.”
About CMP Information
Operating internationally, CMPi delivers targeted integrated business media solutions to around 20 industry sectors. Its products, including magazines, exhibitions, conferences, awards, information products and websites, target marketers, buyers and sellers across a range of markets; these include Construction and Architecture, Commercial Property, Food and Pharma Ingredients, Security, Interiors and Licensed Trade.
Amongst its well-established brands are industry-leading publications such as Building, Property Week, The Publican and Farmers Guardian. It also has a number of exhibitions recognised as the pre-eminent events in their respective market sectors; these include CPhI, The Interiors Event and IFSEC.
CMPi’s magazines reach over 780,000 readers directly through subscription and controlled circulation. Each year, over 330,000 business professionals and marketers visit its exhibitions each year. CMPi has approximately 1,200 employees in the UK, US, Asia and Europe and in 2007 generated over £190m in revenues.
SAVVIS, Inc. (savvis.net) is a global leader in IT infrastructure services for business applications. With an IT services platform spanning North America, Europe, and Asia, SAVVIS leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable and scalable hosting, network and application services. These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations. SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines virtualisation technology, a global network and 29 data centres and automated management and provisioning systems.
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