Why Web to Print Best Practices are Important and Why This Series
This series was inspired by in-plant managers who wanted information online about Web to print that they were not seeing. While there is information available about features and case studies, other than some of our own white papers, there isn’t a lot available about successfully implementing and using in-plant Web to print software. Why is this important? No one benefits from an implementation that isn’t as effective as it could be. By writing this series, I intend to provide in-plant print shop managers and staff practical information that can help them implement, configure and use a Web to print system and to realize its maximum benefits.
To set the context, I have been in the print software business for over 10 years and in the software and consulting industry for over 25 years. I’ve been responsible for delivering software systems to companies that range in size from medium to very large. I’ve seen a lot of implementations and roll outs- some more successful than others. I’ve had the opportunity to observe the inner workings of these projects and compiled this list of suggestions and best practices to help print center managers and staff be as successful as possible. Many in-plant managers probably have not installed and configured Web to print systems. It’s not something you do often, so it can be difficult to make informed decisions and know what works well for an in-plant. Our teams do this all the time and have significant experience.
What This Series Is… and Is Not
I will be focusing on in-plant specifics, but the topics I’ll cover are not necessarily specific to RSA’s WebCRD.
- I recognize that every installation is different. Your challenges may be different and only some of the topics may apply to you.
- I’ll highlight pros and cons of different approaches.
Whether you are an in-plant print center who already has a system, are thinking of buying a Web to print solution, or are in the process of implementing, there should be something in this series to help you.
I’ll Cover Eight Topics about Web to Print
In this series, I will cover eight topics and best practices in each of these areas gleaned from numerous customers and many installations spanning over 15 years, including:
- Roll out
- Marketing the system
- User adoption (both the print shop and end customers)
- Pricing for users and Web to print systems
- Production and automation
- Expanding the print shop’s reach and influence
- Summary and considerations.
Watch our blog for posts about each of eight topics. We feel that this is such an important subject that we are sponsoring a webinar and a Graph Expo this year to discuss and share this information with as many in-plants as possible.
Comments and thoughts are welcome and encouraged!