Dump That Paperwork
Enter the e-words. Two new concepts in the industry, Lavelle said, are e-production and e-commerce.
Enterprise production involves automation of the workflow processes. "Think about e-production as the mortar that puts all your bricks together so you can build your building. And with e-commerce, think about how your building fits in the community," Lavelle said.
Make your bricks strong, he suggested. "Many e-commerce solutions allow buyers to build complex management teams. As long as you have a browser and an Internet connection, you can build teams for projects, and track activity and schedules."
Finally, it's important to communicate with partners in terms of what's available, what needs to be changed, and what files and formats are needed to be supplied, said Brown. Equipped with this information, she suggested, publishers can negotiate better print schedules, thus avoiding delays and surprises.