The need to move education online and make it more affordable, as well as the need to assist people in gaining the skills they need to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow, are just two trends that have been accelerated by COVID-19, which has been steadily transforming the educational landscape over the past few years. Wiley, a well-known international publisher of books on education and research, has centered its business plans on these trends.
The publishing behemoth uses analytics, AI, machine learning, DevOps, and automation to deliver content, services, and platforms. These technologies enable Wiley to “improve its time to market across a wide range of products to deliver smart, adaptable and efficacious content to our researchers and learners internationally,” according to the company.
As both sectors adjust in real-time to warp-speed change, Aref feels that now is a critical time for research and teaching. The achievement of students, teachers, universities, librarians, and businesses around the world is improved by Wiley, a global leader in both, as it advances technology and introduces cutting-edge goods and services.
A remarkable transition from a print business to a global leader in research and education
Founded in Lower Manhattan as a family-run print firm in 1807, Wiley has been around for centuries. Eventually, Wiley was publishing literary greats like Melville, Poe, and Dickens when the print shop evolved into a bookstore, publisher, and then a bookstore. In the 1900s, the corporation changed its main emphasis from fiction to nonfiction, STEM, and applied knowledge in order to advance the technological revolution. Due to the Wiley family’s understanding of the importance of education for societal growth and the company’s executives, it rose to become a premier publisher of educational resources.
With the advent of the digital revolution, Wiley’s Chairman of the Board, Jesse Wiley, explains that “we leveraged technology to add powerful tools, platforms and services that speed the development and increase the impact of knowledge so that we could enable more people, in more places, to have a greater effect on their lives.”
Jesse continues by emphasizing the role that technology plays in advancing their mission. “As a company with a history like Wiley’s, which is uncommon in the modern tech industry, our team takes the long view; we pay attention to the market and adjust as necessary. We have been committed to advancing knowledge and learning for 200 years, while also evolving alongside our clients and business partners, says Jesse.
Jesse cites purpose, adaptable innovation, meaningful performance, and a strong people-centric, values-based culture as the reasons for Wiley’s success. The team may foresee and create the future of research and education based on the company’s past experiences and insights, ultimately resulting in the construction of a better, more knowledgeable, and more compassionate society.
Keeping up the pace of growth and innovation will have an influence
In order to better serve its internal and external clients around the clock, Wiley presently operates strategic technology centers in Sri Lanka, Russia, and Brazil. Sri Lanka is the company’s newest center, but it is also the one with the quickest growth. We’ve been working hard to enhance user experiences, prioritize data and analytics, and modernize our systems. These efforts all frame how we’re fostering innovation and raising the level of quality and value we offer to our clients. Wiley has a strong history of responding to disruption by speeding innovation and expansion to make a difference in our communities and foresee the requirements of our customers in the future, according to the company’s CTO, Aref.
Wiley is bringing in more article submissions, increasing the volume of publications, and promoting the cutting-edge Open Access publishing models in research. The business also keeps testing and introducing new technologies that improve how scientific research is published and add value for researchers. Aref uses a recent instance to illustrate his point: Atypon, a subsidiary of the company and a provider of publishing platforms, recently conducted a pilot test of its interactive figures technology in the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry. With interactive figures technology, a truly digital and dynamic scientific article is being created, specifically for online modality, giving researchers and the general public a faster, more interactive way to learn and advance science. Nearly half of the world’s peer-reviewed research flows through Atypon’s Literatum publishing platform.
The future of Wiley depends on creating a climate that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive for both employees and customers as well as for communities. The business is committed to working with others to create the long-overdue, necessary change that will help create a better, more diverse future.
The leadership team at Wiley is aware that people will always be interested in learning new things and will require resources in order to acquire the information and skills necessary to be successful in both job and life, thus the company’s future is promising. When Wiley first opened its doors in 1807, these talents and demands undoubtedly looked different, but the company has demonstrated its capacity to change with the times.