Much More Than Software
knkPublishing software works with Microsoft’s full-service ERP, adding the functionality that publishing companies need to their operational tools. We are the world’s only Microsoft-certified software in the publishing space, enabling fully integrated finance, accounting, editorial, production, warehousing, inventory, rights management, metadata, and more.
knk365 gives publishers and media companies a full-service customer engagement platform that brings the power of marketing automation, Power BI reporting, event management, and advanced media sales processes together in one tool. We support our customers with world-class consultants from the publishing and tech space.
How We Work
As a supplier of the future, our goal is to ensure success for our customers. We are at the forefront of technology while remaining human and personable.
We provide innovative publishing software that functions best when integrated with our holistic, partnership approach. We listen to our clients and gain an accurate understanding of their actual requirements and needs in order to help them reach their goals. By working together in this way, we all succeed.
With knk, you get the best of both worlds: years of publishing and media experience combined with new, innovative technological advancements. We don’t just offer fully integrated software. We also offer our decades of experience and tried-and-tested best practices. We work closely with our clients to uncover what works and what doesn't. It’s a collaborative partnership.
Central to our work is our corporate mission. As a company, we strive to play our part in safeguarding press freedom in the democratic world by helping publishers remain profitable and thus independent and autonomous. We want long-term, successful partnerships with our clients so they can continue their important work in society.
Founded in Germany in 1988 by Knut Nicholas Krause, knk now employees hundreds of people around the world. knk expanded into North America in 2013.
What started as a college student looking to develop something new has become a global company, hundreds of employees strong.
Our founder’s father was the editor-in-chief for one of Germany’s largest newspapers. He saw first-hand both the incredible importance of the work and the day-to-day struggles in operations. Nicholas took his interest and experience in IT and applied it to publishing. The result is knk Software.
Today, we work with and serve over 450 customers around the world. Our offerings have expanded to include CRM and CMS in addition to the full ERP and Publishing suite.
Our team is composed of industry veterans, and our clients are innovative publishing houses. We understand the challenges you face. We don't just provide software. We help you optimize your workflows so you can focus on driving sales and growing revenue.
Gold is the highest level of partnership within the Microsoft ecosystem. Gold-Certified Partners are an exclusive group. Only 1% of Microsoft Partners meet the rigorous standards to become a Gold Partner, and knk is the only one in the publishing space.
Microsoft invests about a billion dollars per year in R&D. No other publishing software provider has such enormous resources being invested in their products. From data science to machine learning to AI to picture recognition, knkPublishing is the solution leading the way.
You sell globally. So do we. With customers in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia, we know the trends and innovations that can only come from being an international company. Build local relationships with your customers using the best practices from around the world.
At knk, our team consists of experienced publishing professionals with extensive industry knowledge as well as the freshest and brightest minds from the tech world. This allows us to have a healthy team from both the new digital era as well as experienced business consultants.
Change Management. Business Process Optimization. Professional Project Management. knk promises to deliver these three core competencies to our customers. For publishing houses and media companies, knk and our three core competencies will help you prosper in the digital age.
We have hundreds of employees around the world with a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. These are the core values for our team. At knk, we:
Communicate openly and honestly
Focus on partnerships
Are constantly curious
Strive to be helpful and supportive
See opportunities and take initiative
Hold ourselves accountable
Are passionate and have fun
Our team are thought leaders and experts in the publishing industry. We adapt new market challenges and are supporters of innovative publishing houses. We know the challenges you face and we know how to drive sales and profits. We know that process optimization must go hand-in-hand with software. Our members are experts in both.
The knkGroup employs over 200 people world-wide. With international headquarters Germany, our international teams meet regularly, forming a truly global community. Founded 1988 by Knut Nicholas Krause, we boast high customer retention rates, low employee turnover, and bringing together the greatest talents from tech, publishing, and business.
While our international team can work from our many offices in places like Berlin, London, Paris or Munich, the North American team is 100% remote. Since we were a remote team before it was cool, we already have the logistics worked out. Great benefits. Great customers. Great people.
Sebastian Mayeres joined knk in 2003 focusing on Business Informatics.
He specialized in software development for the first years, switching to sales and consulting afterwards. Since 2013, he works as a Senior Account and Channel Manager with national and international publishing clients (especially in the area of Educational Publishers and Professional B2B Publishers) and partners.
He is especially knowledgeable about Editorial Office, Media Production, CRM, Paid Content, Digital and Physical Subscription Management and – for B2B – Advertising.
Knut Nicholas Krause M.Sc., Founder of knk, has been active as an IT consultant for medium-sized companies since 1986.
Son of an editor in chief of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ, the German equivalent to New York Times), he founded knk in 1988 and specialized in developing and implementing knkPublishing, the only Microsoft certified business software for publishing houses.
In addition, he established the knk implementation procedure for media companies based on Microsoft’s Sure Step methodology.
Ned Wood is a business and financial software consultant providing implementation and support services to numerous profit and non-profit clients since 1997. He is a certified Microsoft Dynamics Software Consultant and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Previously he served 12 years in public and private accounting; 7 years as a Controller or CFO. During his 18 years in the software industry, he has provided extensive implementation and integration consulting services as senior consultant and head of the implementation team. His focus is implementation methodology and customer support and he is based in Pennsylvania.
David Hetherington started his career as a manager in the book-manufacturing group at Simon & Schuster. He became Director and later Vice President of Book Manufacturing. He also had other key roles at Reader’s Digest, Wolters Kluwer Health, Columbia University Press and Baker & Taylor.
In addition to that, he is adjunct professor at Pace University and New York University in their graduate schools of publishing. Before joining knk, he was responsible for the whole US operation of Klopotek, another market-leading provider of publishing software, based in Germany.
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