ZooSheffield-based software company Zoo Digital, which develops ‘collaboration platforms’ for primarily creative and production businesses, has secured an order from the US trade publisher Hachette Book Group (HBG) to licence Zoo’s new Cloud-based platform ZOOcore.

Zoo launched its ZOOcore product in January as it aimed to broaden its traditional customer base beyond companies involved in DVD and Blu-ray production. At the time, Stuart Green, chief executive of ZOO, said: “We have been delighted with the feedback from early adopters of ZOOcore, who are already reporting significantly reduced administrative overheads in creative and production work flows.”

Green added that ZOOcore was also now in advanced discussions with several other international companies spanning film studios, TV networks, e-publishing, advertising and printers.

Zoo, whose shares are listed on the AIM market, has its HQ in Sheffield with a  further office in California and it is the California office which has secured the order with HBG.  Zoo’s shares were up 7.75p on the news this morning.

HBG releases over 800 titles each year in the areas of adult, young readers and audio titles.

HBG required a system to support the preparation and conversion of electronic books, across multiple locations  and through multiple authors and project groups.

Craig Bauer, SVP, publishing operations & strategic planning at HBG said: “The adoption of  ZOOcore work flow management system has significantly improved the productivity of our team.

“We are now able to manage a much greater number of simultaneous projects, with greater visibility and transparency and with status information that is accurate and available in real time”.