Johnston Press advances its digital newsroom with Vodafone UK
Johnston Press, one of the UK’s largest media companies and the publisher of the national newspaper i, The Yorkshire Post, The Scotsman and Northern Ireland’s News Letter, is working with Vodafone UK to transform its technology infrastructure as it evolves its digital publishing strategy.
Vodafone is providing data centre, workforce mobility and network services to support the delivery of two strategic transformation programmes at Johnston Press – ‘Newsroom of the Future’ and ‘Salesforce of the Future’ – which have been rolled out across its national and regional news outlets.
These programmes introduce a new flexible working model for Johnston Press staff, giving reporters and field sales teams the ability to work in any location, at any time, with access to the online services and digital platforms they need. As part of this initiative, Johnston Press is trialing the use of live streaming to relay news stories via smartphones to its online media outlets and looking at new ways to enhance the advertising experience.
Lee Whitworth, Head of Enterprise Technology at Johnston Press, commented: “Digital is core to our business strategy and how we engage with our customers and communities. Working with Vodafone, we have been able to increase the agility and capabilities of our technology and communications infrastructure, as we evolve the way we work. It’s great to have them as our technology partner and have access to their expertise and technology foresight as we continue to innovate.”
Phil Mottram, Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK, said, “Cloud, mobile and enhanced connectivity offer organisations a great opportunity to rethink the way they work if delivered in harmony with strategic business goals. This enables customers to move to new operational models, tap into new market opportunities and be more responsive and adaptable to change. We are pleased to be working with Johnston Press as part of its team to deliver value to its business, staff and customers and help advance its digital services.”
Working in partnership with Johnston Press, Vodafone UK is providing:
- Co-location data centre services to enable secure hosting and delivery of digital content and applications. Working with Vodafone’s Cloud and Hosting Service, Johnston Press has reduced its data centre footprint by 70% while being able to scale its services. It has also achieved greater efficiency through better energy management and space reduction.
- Smarter ways of working for its 2,500 business, editorial and sales staff, enabling more effective collaboration between teams. Vodafone is providing access to new digital services from smart devices that will innovate how reporters engage with communities and sales teams with advertising customers.
- A ten-fold expansion of network capacity, from 10 gigabits (Gb) to 100Gb, across its infrastructure. This upgrade will equip the company to handle increased data demands and traffic as the company develops its digital news channels, capabilities and advertising services.
About Vodafone UK
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 48 more and has fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 March 2017, Vodafone had 515.7 million mobile customers and 17.9 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
Vodafone UK partners with businesses of all sizes - from start-ups and small businesses to the largest corporates and the public sector. The company has worked with UK businesses for over 30 years, starting out as a mobile provider and becoming one of the UK’s leading total communications partners. It provides a range of voice and data services, secure communications infrastructure, fixed and call centre capability, unified communications and was the first mobile phone operator to offer a truly converged service for fixed and mobile.
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About Johnston Press
Johnston Press is one of the largest local and regional multimedia organisations in the UK. It provides news and information services to local and regional communities through its extensive portfolio of hundreds of publications and websites. The Company’s regional titles span Scotland, the North East, West Yorkshire, the North West, South Yorkshire, the South, Midlands and Northern Ireland - delivering extensive coverage of local news, events and information. It also produces the national newspaper i, as well as The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post. Other regional titles include the Sheffield, Star, Peterborough Telegraph, The Portsmouth News and the Belfast News Letter. Each month its news brands touch the lives of more than 32m people across its publishing regions, delivering extensive coverage of local news, events and information. The Company offers national and regional advertisers a highly successful platform to link them directly with local and national audiences.