What business models are there?
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 acquired 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 precisely to individual needs. However, license-based web to print solutions can be associated with high costs.
Open source programs
Since open source programs are not distributed 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 guarantee that all employees can use the program in the best possible way, costs for training must be factored in. Therefore, open source web-to-print software is particularly suitable if the employees have sufficient IT knowledge and can thus familiarize themselves with the programs.
With so-called software as service offers (SaaS), cloud programs are used that are made available online as web apps. Employees can access SaaS services online and regardless of their location via individual user accounts. Instead of paying a high one-time sum as with a license-based solution, SaaS offers usually rely on lower monthly fees. For the successful integration of a SaaS offer into the workflow, however, it is essential to have a continuous Internet connection of excellent quality, which enables work to be carried out online.