De Gruyter ‘changes entire business’ with 67 Bricks digital upgrade

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De Gruyter has completed a digital transformation that it says has changed the 270-year-old publisher’s entire business.

The company has announced the launch of the new degruyter.com, a digital research platform built by the software development consultancy 67 Bricks. Using cloud technology, the platform is aimed at providing researchers around the world with fast, stable and secure access to more than 110,000 scholarly books and 800,000 journal articles from De Gruyter, its imprints and publisher partners. 

Degruyter.com went live on 1 February after user testing in close cooperation with leading academic libraries and institutions around the world. 

67 Bricks says the platform enables the publisher to upgrade and innovate its digital services quickly and responsively. User benefits include faster page load times, enhanced website uptime, maximized security and an improved overall experience, the company says.

The platform’s development and launch form part of the publishing house’s strategic decision to invest heavily in its digital infrastructure and ramp up in-house digital expertise.  

Carsten Buhr, managing director at De Gruyter, said: ‘The new degruyter.com is an important milestone in our 270-year history of serving academic communities and making knowledge accessible – and a big step forward in our digital transformation.’ 

Managing director of 67 Bricks, Sam Herbert, said: ‘These are uncertain times in publishing and forward thinking companies like De Gruyter are looking really hard at how the world is changing and what they do. Digital transformation is a world away from just putting books and journals online, and requires some radical mindset shifts. De Gruyter has shown great nerve and commitment and we are delighted to be partnering with them on their journey.’

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06 October 2021