Publisher sees exponential growth in just five months
e-InBusiness Limited, specialist in transactional e-commerce systems, has enabled Thomas Telford, the commercial arm of the Institution of Civil Engineers, to expand and invigorate its online activities. The new web site www.thomastelford.com has four discrete areas covering sales of 500 specialist books, subscriptions, access to 13 industry journals (including four years of archive material), training services and the official recruitment consultancy of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
The new site replaces a previous site built in-house, and allows each business division of Thomas Telford to manage its own content. It was designed and built by e-InBusiness using INTERSHOP e-commerce software in just 12 weeks. The site provides many advanced features, yet is still easy to use. It is able to support subscribers from all over the world viewing the vast library of archive material, who often have older versions of many different browsers and slow line access. The number of subscribers using this service is increasing daily.
Matthew Smith, Head of e-Services, said, “Having been involved with building an e-commerce site already we understood the complexity of the task we had set ourselves. We knew that we needed a robust e-business platform built upon a reliable and quick base product and INTERSHOP fitted the bill. We spoke to several INTERSHOP partners but felt that e-InBusiness were the most determined to deliver the project on time. We set very short timescales, they said they could do it, and they did!”
“We are delighted to see the success that Thomas Telford is reaping from the new web site. The project was complex, but by careful planning at the start we were able to deliver on time and within budget,” commented Bob Grindley, commercial director of e-InBusiness. “Getting the standard software supplied by INTERSHOP to do as much as possible, then building on top the 20% of functionality that makes the site unique, is the key to an easy to use, reliable, effective e-commerce site.”
Since going live, business staff at Thomas Telford are able to maintain the content of the site, and will be adding a new selection of titles to the company’s already impressive list in October.
Notes to Editors
About Thomas Telford
Thomas Telford is the commercial arm of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a leading provider of information for the international construction and engineering markets. The company publishes a comprehensive range of books, journals and electronic information products for the civil engineering community. Thomas Telford is also a highly successful supplier of specialist training, recruitment and e-business services to the industry, and also provides high quality banqueting and conferencing facilities at One Great George Street in Westminster.
For more information visit: www.thomastelford.com
About the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
The ICE is a UK-based international organisation with over 75,000 members ranging from professional civil engineers to students, a fifth of whom live outside the UK in some 140 countries. It is an educational and qualifying body and has charitable status under UK law. Founded by a group of young British engineers in 1818, the ICE has become recognised worldwide for its excellence as a centre of learning, as a qualifying body and as a public voice for the profession.
For more information visit: www.ice.org.uk
e-InBusiness Limited is a specialist e-commerce system builder, based in High Wycombe. The company enables organisations across the UK to sell their products on-line through the Internet. Clients use e-commerce systems from e-InBusiness to sell to both consumers and to other businesses.
e-InBusiness provides consultancy, web site design, software development, secure payment systems, reliable 24 x 7 hosting, training and support services. e-InBusiness is an accredited INTERSHOP partner.
For more information visit: www.e-InBusiness.co.uk
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