Consolidated Graphics Increases Efficiencies with MassTransit
Thursday, September 25, 2003
September 24, 2003 (Arlington, VA) – Group Logic announced today that Consolidated Graphics, Inc., one of America's premier providers of commercial printing services, has begun implementation of the MassTransit Professional product. Consolidated Graphics, the largest sheet fed and half-web commercial printing company in the United States, serves a broad customer base of more than 13,000 which includes many of the nation's most recognized corporations. "We have historically transferred files over our Wide Area Network the old-fashioned way – through FTP or disks with copies of files," notes Darrell Whitley, President of CGXmedia and Vice President of Information Technology for Consolidated Graphics. "MassTransit allows us to automate and significantly speed up the process of transferring files without absorbing additional Internet bandwidth. We can transfer larger files more quickly." MassTransit Enterprise is the leading software product for mission-critical transfer of graphic arts files across high-speed wide area networks including the Internet. Its added workflow and proofing features permit advanced levels of management that are unavailable in any other solution. Its features include programmable e-mail notification of file arrivals and other key events; detailed, easily exportable logging and tracking of transmission data; and bandwidth usage prioritization capabilities. The product is used by 11 of the top 15 printing companies in North America, as well as major publishers and Fortune 500 print purchasing and creative organizations. Consolidated Graphics' initial purchase is aimed at supporting its internal operations consisting of 65 locations in 25 states. "We see the efficiencies MassTransit will provide as its greatest value," explains Whitley. "We will have 4-5 hubs that support approximately 15 locations per hub. Due to the scale of the technology infrastructure supporting these locations, identifying a solution that provides both operational efficiencies and cost-savings was essential. "We evaluated a number of alternatives and decided on MassTransit for two main reasons. First, we felt it was a good price for the value. It wasn't the lowest cost solution but it also was not the most expensive. Second, we liked the ease with which we could set up and use the tool." Server-based software, MassTransit installs at a corporate location(s) and can be shared with customers, vendors, and other trading partners. Its universal design supports every file transmission workflow – server to server, Web to server, and server to Web – and eliminates delivery or usage fees typically associated with similar solutions. "Consolidated Graphics companies are known for the level of service we provide to our customers," notes Whitley. "MassTransit takes this one step further by creating behind-the-scenes efficiencies that improve the service and solutions we are providing to our customers. MassTransit fortifies what was already in place." "Over time, we will be evaluating the feasibility of using MassTransit on an Enterprise level at our corporate offices where we host and house central solutions," concluded Whitley.