Congratulations to Alma Talent (the new business unit created when Alma Media acquired Talentum), who went live on Advantage in May of 2016 after an 18-month project. The project team invested many months of hard work and overcame substantial challenges, including a merger of the business in the middle of the project. The implementation of Advantage at Alma Talent replaces the existing circulation, fulfillment, inventory management, reporting, accounting, invoicing and payment systems, along with a revamp of many related, integrated systems and platforms. Many of these legacy systems had been in place for almost 20 years. Advantage is a true evolution for the Alma Talent magazine and books business.
Santtu Elsinen, Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer at Alma Media, has this to say: "We are delighted to have Advantage running our magazines and book businesses in Finland. Using Advantage's extensive out-of-the-box features and APIs kept the level of customizations low and integrations to other business systems have been fast and easy. The people at Advantage are professionals and our project manager, Daryl, spared no effort in supporting the project. We look forward to the increased efficiency and sales possibilities."
There were a number of core project team members for the Alma Talent team. Raija Fält (project manager) led the project along with Santtu Elsinen. Henri Junnilainen (integration lead), Jussi Kuikka (conversion lead) and Esa Kortelainen (technical assistance and development) programmed the integrations and data conversions. Mari Aalto (analyst), Ilkka Torkkel (analyst), Mari Oksanen (analyst), and Veli-Pekka Matilainen (analyst) formed the core team in marketing, sales, customer service, and distribution. Janne Savolainen (finance lead) and Pekka Mitjonen (finance lead) represented finance. Daryl Vautour (project manager), Tim Zapawa (project director), Karl Davis (engineer), Paul DesRosiers (engineer) and Corey Mantel (engineer) contributed to the success of the project on the AdvantageCS team.
Congratulations to everyone on the project team whose involvement contributed to the success of this project!