Random House

Automated, global production workflow for audiobook publishing

Using Aspera software to power global audiobook production, Random House successfully shortens production cycles

 

Random House is the leading audio publisher in the industry today, with an audiobooks library of over 2500 titles from bestselling authors available on CD and audio download. Content creation is a worldwide, collaborative operation, with voice talent, audio editing, graphic design and distribution activities dispersed across cities and continents. Their sophisticated workflows require increasingly flexible and scalable high-speed file transport and workflow automation systems to meet their recent and future business growth.

After rigorous evaluation of available solutions, Random House chose a full suite of Aspera distribution, collaboration, and automation software products. By replacing their existing transport technology and in-house workflow orchestration tools with Aspera software, Random House has successfully shortened production cycles as they scale operations and expand distribution channels.

Michelle Munson, CEO and co-founder of Aspera, said, “With hundreds of content creators dispersed worldwide, not only do publishers like Random House need high-speed data transport, they need integrated tools to help them manage complex, proprietary workflows.”

The deployment at Random House is centered around faspex™, a global collaboration platform based on Aspera’s patented fasp™ transport technology. The software solution enables disparate groups to collaborate quickly and efficiently by exchanging files and directories of any format and size at maximum speed, regardless of transfer distance and network conditions.

“At Random House, we currently publish over 300 titles per year with content creation activities throughout the globe,” said Joshua Crone, vice president, infrastructure, technical services at Random House. “We need efficient, reliable automation tools that can meet the demands of our workflows today and will allow us to scale and adapt to new requirements in the future. With Aspera, we get a full suite of solutions that accelerates almost every aspect of our highly customized workflows, giving us a key strategic advantage over other audio publishers.”

“We are excited to work with Random House as they deploy Aspera solutions for a broad range of automation, collaboration and distribution activities within the large-scale, global workflows that help make Random House a leading publisher of bestselling audiobooks,” said Munson.

 

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"With Aspera, we get a full suite of solutions that accelerates almost every aspect of our highly customized workflows, giving us a key strategic advantage over other audio publishers.” Joshua Crone, VP of Infrastructure & Technical Services