Checklist When Considering Cloud-Based Publishing Solutions

At the Book Publishing in the Cloud Conference in New York yesterday, Ted Hill, President, THA Consulting, briefed the publishing information technology executives present on the top criteria in considering cloud-based systems.

People
Are IT and management aligned when it comes to build vs. buy?
Are you ready to contribute to best practices and evolve with your peers?
Are you willing to continually train and learn?

Practices
Do you know your content and data?
Are you willing to think strategically rather than tactically?
Are you willing to simplify?

Platforms
Have you defined content standards, and created repositories for content and metadata?
Do you know how cloud services will interface with enterprise systems?
Do you know what you need? Are you ready to define a service level agreement?

Hill’s checklist came in handy at the conference, where attendees met one-on-one with sponsors Copyright Clearance Center, CoEnterprise, Constellation, Firebrand Technologies, Klopotek, RoyaltyShare, Tata Consultancy Services and Virtusales to discuss their unique needs and immediate and long-term objectives.

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