By Tony Curcio

A trio of experts on cloud migration will lead invitation-only executive briefings in Toronto Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16. Printing technology expert and web-to-print specialist Slava Apel, noted industry futurist Dr. Joe Webb, and corporate trainer and consultant in computer technology and productivity Scott Prince, will reveal how printers can use cloud computing to improve their operations and customer experiences.

Complimentary book

Attendees of the invitation-only event will receive copies of “This Point Forward” by Dr. Webb. Domtar is the event sponsor and Cober Solutions and Spicers are the event’s book sponsors. Executives can hear all three experts on Friday or Saturday at the YEDI Business Acceleration Campus in Toronto near the York University campus. Interested printing executives and owners can request an invitation at

During the seminar, executives will receive a practical and actionable review of cloud options and training courses that offer a path to more profitable printing operations facilitated by cloud technologies. “These technologies can improve business strategy implementation and have a positive effect on the market value and investment attractiveness of a printing business,” said Apel.

Dr. Joe Webb, author of the well-known printing strategy guide Disrupting the Future, added: “Many of the everyday business applications printers use now have cloud versions. Migrating to the cloud has advantages that have not been available before, especially in connectivity, collaboration, ease of information access and sharing. Cloud is a lot more than storage or e-mail. It’s a way of ensuring that technology investments are always current and relevant.”

Apel and Webb serve as advisors to Cloud Production Partners, a company that manages the migration and coordinates the most important part of the process: training. The company offers a choice of training formats, including live on-site coaching, remote conferencing, customized videos and other methods. “This approach accommodates business needs based on size, skill levels, budgets and time availability,” Apel added.

The briefings follow a logical flow of general cloud computing concepts and business applications, then focuse on specific printing business needs. Trainees will learn about competing cloud vendors, differences between cloud or SaaS or enterprise deployments, the range of price points, timing strategies for integration and migration, and ways different systems and processes connect.

“Migrating to the cloud can be an opportunity to implement company change and adapt to new business opportunities. It requires thoughtful planning, but is within the reach of print businesses of all sizes,” said Webb.

To register for a special invitation, visit for full details and the topic agenda. Seminar times and dates are Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 from 1:30 pm – 5 pm. Refreshments will be served. The YEDI Business Acceleration Campus is located at 907 Alness Street in Toronto, near York University and near the intersection of the 400 and 407.

Originally published in Graphic Arts Magazine.

Slava Apel
Dr. Joe Webb
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