The Case for Enterprise Font Management
There is a long-running joke here at Extensis that asks, “What’s the hype with Suitcase? It turns fonts on; it turns fonts off – what’s the big deal?” That very simplicity is what makes for the best font manager. It should run seamlessly, even if those using it don’t realize what exactly is going on behind the scenes.
Unfortunately, there are additional legal and compliance factors to consider when implementing a font management strategy that go well beyond enabling and disabling fonts, particularly in an enterprise environment.
Printing and publishing industry guru, Chuck Weger has authored an informative white paper that addresses critical issues organizations need to consider when implementing a font management strategy. The paper titled, “Compliance and Control in Font-Intensive Workflows: The case for enterprise font management” explores the issues surrounding enterprise font management from compliance to cost savings.
Weger has included some interesting stories on the real dangers of not having an enterprise font management solution:
“With good enterprise font management in place, an organization is much better prepared to deal with possible software audits. Although these audits are somewhat rare, the do occur, and when they do, they can be very expensive; for example, a UK publishing firm was recently fined £80,000 for font license violations.”