BISG Opens a Survey on Workflow and Automation
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Posted by: Brian O'Leary
Much of my career in publishing has focused on optimizing processes, technology, and organizational structures to improve workflows. It's an area that BISG plans to make a priority in 2019.
Ahead of that work, we have opened a survey to study editorial workflows and perspectives on automation. This one is short and focused on one kind of workflow. Look for other surveys in the months ahead, when we'll look at marketing, metadata, and possibly distribution workflows, as well.
This survey is sponsored by PageMajik, a new BISG member whose products support several parts of the editorial process. They approached BISG with an interest in doing a joint study, whose preliminary results will be made public at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
In announcing the survey, PageMajik's Jon White noted:
"Over the last year since PageMajik launched, we have spoken to hundreds of publishers about their workflow challenges learning about: how much time they spend on repetitive tasks, how this impacts on time management, and what are the main barriers preventing them from launching a product into the marketplace in a timely fashion. What we have found in our conversations is that, more often than not, there are old, legacy systems in place that are greatly hindering the efficiency and potential revenue for publishers. And, when new modules are created, these are based on old technology and don't adapt to new tech opportunities that are being utilized in other industries."
"With that in mind, we are delighted to announce that we have partnered with the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) to expand our conversations to a larger scale to gain an even better understanding of the challenges publishers face and how these business critical workflow issues can be resolved. BISG and PageMajik have put together this survey for publishers of all sizes to identify trouble areas in the workflow, to highlight where technology might be vital, to gauge attitudes towards automation and to reveal how publishers feel automation might be of benefit in their role."
As noted, the survey is short, for the most part multiple-choice, and there's an opportunity to sign up to get the overall results sent back to you.
We all get asked to fill out more surveys than we can get to, and BISG is mindful of asking too much of our members and the book industry as a whole. That said, we are committed to return this information to the community, not just to reward participation, but also to build understanding of workflow challenges and opportunities in book publishing. Thanks for giving it your consideration.