Due to the increasing size of media files, and having to collaborate on, as well as deliver, print and electronic media across different locations, Express Media Group relies on the efficient and reliable movement of data between locations to meet strict deadlines. Using FTP, they commonly would be under pressure to meet deadlines. Since they were at the mercy of the protocol, which commonly suffers from packet loss and latency, this meant slow transfers and potentially missed deadlines.
International media houses also provide Express Media Group with simulcast content. This content is varied and up to 70 GB per piece of content. To enhance their workflow, Express Media Group needed to receive all this content as soon as possible in order to make it ready for their scheduled on-air time.
Another challenge they faced concerned their ability to deal with the multitude of different versions for each piece of content. Additionally, human interaction occasionally led to critical mistakes, resulting in redundant transfers. Express Media Group generates content across 12 sites which are globally dispersed. The content is then submitted to the Main Site, where software processes it for graphic colour proofing and forwards finished pieces to the appropriate sites across a variety of different cities. Their different electronic channels upload and download content from two different cities, and share content between them. They required all solution that has the ability to automate these processes, removing the need for human interaction and potential errors.