Managing Partners on the Network
Ten years ago, everyone thought the concept of using a managed network service to deliver files to printing partners was a good one. But since the Internet took off these same people think they can just get a secure firewall with some 128-bit security software, and it'll be much cheaper.
The rumor of managed networks' death has been greatly exaggerated. They remain a viable method of file delivery and storage—and there's a long list of printers and publishers to prove it. These organizations understand the benefits of a managed network service are cost-effectiveness, greater security, access to a community of interest, and more efficient workflows.
For starters, let's presume you believe the Internet isn't as secure as you'd like it to be. Many people have had sleepless nights wondering not if, but when some cracker will figure out how to hack through their corporate firewalls. And given how viruses can slow networks to a crawl, it's reassuring to know that a managed network is immune to these attacks, promising consistently fast delivery, along with tracking and delivery notification.
Wam!Net's founders had a vision of using networks to deliver files, and built an extremely powerful, secure technology at the core of the Wam!Net network. Put simply, to create line-to-line secure networks over the Internet as robust as Wam!Net's, you'd need separate T1 lines for each of your customers, along with the prerequisite security measures.
The Wam!Net infrastructure allows customers to communicate with more than one partner more efficiently, creating an effective 'one to many' file trading network with far fewer lines. Wam!Net doesn't rely upon the Internet.
That's just the start. Publishers are seeking to create, manage, and deliver content using digital technology. They hope to take air out of their schedules by implementing digital workflow automation, lowering transaction costs, providing faster and more accurate management information and accounting.