Just the Ticket
As one might imagine, archiving is essential to NCL, Miceli says. With an enormous volume of digital assets recorded to removable storage each day, Virtual Ticket stores assets, later allowing a user to save a file on CD-ROM; images and copy can be brought back to life for new projects that may require pick-ups from those done in the past.
With an NT server in-house, Miceli says that going from online tracking to a CD-ROM is efficient while the newest files are being shuffled. Archiving to CD-ROM essentially makes room for the new jobs while it preserves reusable material. Eventually, NCL may turn to a different method for storing its assets. In the meantime, a redundant server kicks into gear and backs-up all content every 24 hours.
The usual suspects
Miceli warns that while Virtual Ticket is an asset to NCL Graphics, the software is essentially in the hands of the user.
"It's not like a hidden or silent tracker," he explains. "Everything entered in the database is entered per employee." Therefore, any mistake that may happen now, he admits, is not going to be the fault of the software. He says, "It's the user we're still working on."
-Natalie Hope McDonald