Platypus Print Packaging, an Australian printer specialising in carton production for food and beverage and pharmaceutical applications, recently became the first company in the Asia Pacific region to upgrade to Kodak’s new cloud-based printing workflow platform, Prinergy On Demand.
By upgrading from an on-premise Prinergy server to a cloud-based environment, Platypus general manager Aaron Lusch said the business has taken the necessary steps towards equipping Platypus for the future.
“We’re moving all of our business to the datacentre and a cloud-based environment, and with security becoming an increasing focus generally and for our business, we decided to install the Kodak Prinergy On Demand solution,” he said.
“It was an easy investment for us to make as we were at the stage where we needed to reconsider if we needed to reinvest in hardware and do what we’ve always done, or move to a cloud-based environment.
“Since going towards a cloud-based environment aligned with our strategic decisions, we decided on that direction for Platypus. We’ve also had a great relationship with Kodak, and that made the decision to upgrade much easier.”
Lusch said the solution has worked seamlessly across the company, with no changes to operations.
“It has been much easier for us to host everything on the cloud. There were no disruptions to our business as we upgraded to Kodak Prinergy On Demand. It has been business as usual for us following the install – the only difference is that all our data is now hosted in a cloud environment, which gives us more peace of mind,” he said.
According to Lusch, Platypus is now free from the costs and constraints of system administration because Kodak now monitors and manages its system 24/7.
He added that Platypus is protected with multi-layered security as Prinergy On Demand is backed by Microsoft Azure’s $1 billion investment in security and R&D.
The upgraded system also allows for virtual machines and work-in-process data to be automatically replicated to a second datacentre, allowing for quick recovery of business-critical prepress software if and when needed.
“After dealing with cyber security threats in the past, we wanted a workflow system that had all the power of our on-premise system, with even more powerful security,” Lusch said.
“Switching to Kodak Prinergy On Demand means we no longer have to deal with upgrading our operating systems, buying and maintaining servers or fearing a security breach. Instead, we can put much more attention into ensuring we’re creating the best products for our customers.”
In addition to increased security and automatic updates, Kodak Prinergy On Demand also provides Decision Analytics that allows printers like Platypus to access information about their business that can reveal opportunities to cut costs, streamline processes, and reduce waste.
Prinergy On Demand also creates flexibility for employees to work from home, with a Virtual Desktop capability that removes the barriers associated with remote operations so prepress professionals can work from anywhere, regardless of their location and local infrastructure.
Lusch added that Kodak’s Prinergy On Demand supports Platypus’ future growth plans.
“It allows us to scale our business. We don’t need to worry about buying additional hardware in future. We can just continue to grow and be on the platform that Kodak has provided for us,” he mentioned.
“The cloud is the way of the future; businesses will be heading in that direction eventually as we expect more and more cybersecurity threats in future. The cloud is the only way to ensure that our IT infrastructure is always kept up-to-date with the latest in software.
“While we are the first in the region to adopt the Kodak Prinergy On Demand solution, it hasn’t been a difficult pathway to navigate and I would highly recommend more businesses to jump on the bandwagon.”
Kodak vice-president of print Todd Bigger stressed the importance of software in supporting hardware, especially when it comes to the benefits that the platform provides.
“Choosing new cloud-based Prinergy On Demand means choosing peace of mind,” he said.
“Thanks to Prinergy On Demand, Platypus no longer has to worry about hackers, losing their data, costly downtime, or unexpected catastrophic events that can compromise their business.”
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