Enterprise Labeling Solutions Simplify Maintenance and Limit IT Involvement
by Maureen Perroni, on September 6, 2016
As global companies continue to expand their presence internationally, they must consider how to efficiently deploy and maintain labeling solutions so they can scale seamlessly. The focus, even when deploying solutions in a distributed fashion, is to continue to maintain the ability to leverage common data sources, components and configurations across sites.
This is essential to handle the rigors of global infrastructures, allowing users to manage outages and connectivity issues, while providing high availability, failover and disaster recovery capabilities. The advent of multi-tier architectures and browser-based labeling solutions as offered with Enterprise Labeling Solutions provide even more flexibility to enable centralized and decentralized deployment options.
Given the mission critical importance of labeling to a company’s supply chain, most infrastructures for enterprise labeling are redundant, backed up and highly available, and the resources and staff are trained and very knowledgeable about keeping the environment online, running, and in synch with the latest updates and patches.That way the down time is minimized and there’s less risk of someone taking down the entire solution or system which could happen more commonly in an approach where there’s local decision making.
When you’re limiting IT involvement, what you want to do is have a tiered structure like with the Enterprise Labeling model. With this approach, there are internal resources that have been trained in knowledge transfer and best practices so they know the protocol to support the mission critical label printing.
At the same time, companies have an IT staff that knows how to troubleshoot and support the labeling solution because the company has standardized on a single solution. The ability to enable business users to perform tasks ranging from label design to printer configuration also means that companies can simplify maintenance and limit IT involvement, especially in day-to-day operation. This can save the business a great deal of time and money.