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WebNative Suite Combines the Best of Other DAMs, Making Xinet ec2i's Top Choice


ec2i (www.ec2i.biz) is a catalog production and data management company, renowned for its high quality color retouching.

 

Steve Fitzgerald
ec2i

 

Offering end-to-end services across all aspects of catalog production—from design, photography, color management and retouching, to prepress and print management—ec2i has a wide roster of blue-chip clients including many of the UK’s leading mail order and retail companies.

After trying multiple digital asset management products, ec2i found Xinet® WebNative® Suite to be the solution that combined the best of their previous systems. Although ec2i has provided online asset management to clients since 1997, the arrival of WebNative Suite spurred the service’s growth. Now, ec2i is able to provide clients with a highly visual system that is also straightforward and accessible. ec2i clients can access their files 24/7, from anywhere. Through tight integration with the company’s MIS system, ec2i offers a comprehensive way for clients to track their production and assets in real time.

Since ec2i clients are empowered to manage their own data, clients’ use of the WebNative system ranges from establishing triggers to automate file transfers throughout the folder hierarchy, to uploading and managing image libraries comprising thousands of documents.

ec2i currently hosts about seven terabytes of data online and holds a further 21 terabytes nearline, and the data continues to grow. This type of workflow automation and simplified file management saves valuable time and resources, promoting client loyalty.

Internally ec2i also benefits from WebNative Suite with all of its data

“Our clients utilize huge amounts of data—the type of comprehensive asset management service we offer today just would not be possible without WebNative Suite.” Steve Fitzgerald, Technical Director

and archives available in one system. With the ability to preview archived assets, files can be easily searched and located, even if they haven’t been used for several years. The intuitive administrative side of WebNative Suite simplifies everyday tasks like creation of users and setting permissions. And with time-saving features like Uploader, a Xinet desktop application that can be distributed to every client for quick file delivery right to ec2i’s WebNative Suite server, ec2i can better manage client accounts.

“Our clients utilize huge amounts of data—the type of comprehensive asset management service we offer today just would not be possible without WebNative Suite,” says Steve Fitzgerald, technical director at ec2i. “One client alone has more than 138,000 files and the volume of data transfer is huge with constant uploads and downloads happening every day. We needed a robust and reliable solution that could scale to our constantly growing requirements and that’s what Xinet provides.”