Esko has unveiled a major new release of its Automation Engine workflow solution, featuring new capabilities and for the first time, available as a Software-as-a-Service (‘SaaS’).
“Designed and built by packaging experts, for packaging experts, Automation Engine has established itself over many years as the benchmark for optimised prepress workflow automation,” said Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Strategy and Industry Relations. “This latest release represents a major step forward for Automation Engine. It introduces a cloud-based deployment option and an intuitive new web-based user experience that ensures even the most casual user will be able to initiate, communicate and work across teams effectively. This new Automation Engine will make prepress automation more accessible and easier to use for both long-time customers and for companies that are just starting out on their automation journey. Users can access their personalised, secure, workspace at any time, from anywhere, in the new My WorkSpace application. For customers looking for even more flexibility, we are proud to introduce our new cloud-based offering, which takes the prepress experience to a new level in terms of quality, productivity and connectivity.”
De Roeck continues, “With Automation Engine SaaS, we are giving customers the opportunity to enjoy the operational benefits of standardised automated workflows while embracing the freedom of cloud-based computing. Not only does Automation Engine SaaS reduce IT infrastructure overheads and headaches – such as flexible up-and-downscaling of server capacity, security, backup, guaranteed uptime and availability – but it also helps to boost operational productivity and cross-site working.”
Esko Automation Engine is the automated workflow solution that automates prepress tasks and integrates with business systems, which speeds up the process, and more importantly reduces the error rate and need for operator intervention. “Flexible to fit with individual business needs, scalable and customized to optimize individual workflows, Automation Engine has become the beating heart of the prepress process,” said Paul Land, Esko Product Manager.
On top of the My WorkSpace application and next generation user experience, the newest release of Automation Engine includes a new ‘drop zone’ feature, which makes launching workflows quicker and easier by enabling users to search and select workflows, drag and drop files to it, edit parameters and initiate – all from one location.
“Quick and easy viewing of files for detailed quality checks is now made easy with a browser-based viewing tool,” added Land, “while new Jobs and Products views grant users the ability to efficiently search jobs and assets, access files, view their status and launch workflows from one workspace. With Automation Engine SaaS, we enable easy access and fast deployment, reducing the need for IT support or additional operational costs. SaaS users simply access the software online using the new subscription-based model, which enables businesses to significantly reduce IT maintenance overheads. Utilizing common software across locations is made easy and the SaaS model means there’s no longer any need to download and manually install the latest software versions onto individual computers whenever a new update or release is issued.”
Being a subscription service, a simple, flexible and transparent tier-based pricing model offers a predictable cost to help with IT budgeting and management. “With the price including a storage allowance and no bandwidth charges, the SaaS model guarantees a low step-in price and faster ROI for customers,” said Land. “With IT and licensing costs now reduced through automation and outsourcing, this delivers a flexible pricing model that scales with the needs, size and growth of a business.”