Web-to-Print business models
The design of a suitable web-to-print solution can be very diverse. Nevertheless, different business models can be divided into three categories based on their availability.
License-based (commercial) programs
License-based web-to-print programs are classic software applications that are purchased by companies. With the purchase of the (single) license it is possible to install the program internally. With good support, the web-to-print software can be tailored to individual needs. However, license-based web-to-print solutions can be expensive.
Open source programs
Since open source programs are not sold commercially, they are largely free of charge. As a result, open source web-to-print solutions can be the cheapest way to access the advantages of this technology. However, in order to ensure that all employees can use the program optimally, training costs have to be taken into account. Therefore, open source web-to-print software is particularly useful if the employees have sufficient IT skills and can familiarize themselves with the programs.
So-called Software as Service offers (SaaS) use cloud programs that are made available online as a web app. Via individual user accounts, employees access the service of a SaaS offer online and regardless of location. Instead of paying a high one-time fee as with a license-based solution, SaaS offers usually rely on lower monthly contributions. Essential for the successful integration of a SaaS offer into the workflow, however, is a consistently existing internet connection of excellent quality, which enables working online.