It’s important to keep up with industry-wide developments. Ever-changing print and insert technology keeps a recovery provider, like us, on our toes and always searching for the best possible solutions for our customers. Let’s take a look at some of the latest print-to-mail disaster recovery trends.
Full-Color Printing with Variable Perf and MICR
More and more clients are looking for full-color continuous printing and the ability to print variable perf and MICR within the same data stream. With the installation of Mail-Gard’s Océ JetStream® 2200, we now offer recovery for this type of print requirement. Along with our new Océ press, we have added variable perf and MICR units to our continuous black and white printers in order to align with this emerging print trend.
The Evolution of Testing
Disaster Recovery testing has come a long way in 17 years. When we first started in this business, customers limited testing to a very basic format. They requested to print and insert just a few applications with small volumes (anywhere from 50 – 2,000 pieces), completed test materials were shredded/destroyed after review, and frequency of testing was sporadic. Today customers are asking for a multitude of test options:
- Full-Volume Testing – Customers want testing beyond the typical 2,000 – 4,000 piece run. We now get requests to complete full day production volumes, or even multi-day test runs of the customer’s production environment.
- Live Mail Testing – Printed and inserted applications produced in our recovery facility are mailed via USPS to determine delivery times. Adding this element to testing can provide a complete picture of recovery timelines.
- Multiple Communication Options – Some customers have multiple options for transmitting data to our print-to-mail recovery facilities depending on their disaster scenario. Testing for all backup data centers is crucial to confirm the steps needed for each method of transmission are tested and verified.
- Backup Recovery Facility Testing – Mail-Gard customers not only want to test their recovery plan, they want to make sure our recovery plan is viable as well. Customers often request testing at our Chanhassen, MN recovery facility to ensure their print and insert requirements can be replicated if anything should happen to our Warminster facility.
Keeping up with emerging trends goes hand-in-hand with our business philosophy of making it easy for our customers to do business with us. Let us know what you require for your print-to-mail disaster recovery plan and we will do our best to find the solution that works for you.
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