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M&C Saatchi Packs its Fonts and Moves to Universal Type Server

Industry: Advertising, Design & Marketing
Product Line: Server Based Font Management

M&C Saatchi is a global advertising agency with offices in 18 countries. Within the UK office, there are a large core group of creative users who work on different client projects, but who need to collaborate as a team.

With a large collection of fonts, they required a professional, server-based font management solution to manage them. Initially, the IT team selected a competitive font management solution, which on paper appeared to include all of the features they required. The competitive solution was then rolled out to about 80 users within the business.

After a few months, Mario Ruggiero, Senior IT Analyst, was prompted to look for an alternative. They had a number of complaints from the creative users in the studio who were frustrated by a lack of options, specifically in collecting groups of fonts for output.

As time went on, this became an increasing issue, compounded by a variety of other missing features that were critical to their work. It was time to make a change.

On the recommendation of a colleague who had used Universal Type Server in the past, a trial version was downloaded. At the end of the trial, it was clear to see that Universal Type Server was able to solve their problems and the solution was purchased and deployed.

Since making the switch to Universal Type Server, M+C Saatchi are now able to ensure font compliance across several different departments and consistency across client work. They are able to manage users by syncing the active directory – meaning that there is zero conflict.

Since making the switch to Universal Type Server, M+C Saatchi are now able to ensure font compliance across several different departments and consistency across client work. They are able to manage users by syncing the active directory – meaning that there is zero conflict.

Mario states: “A bonus feature in making the switch to the Extensis solution was Universal Type Servers’ support for SSO. (Single Sign-On) – Something that all of the users have grown to really appreciate.”

The SSO feature within Universal Type Client ensures that as users log-in to their systems, they also automatically log-in in to Universal Type Client without having to remember a different set of passwords.

After an initial order for Universal Type Server Enterprise and 20 clients for the users within their studio, they quickly expanded this number to 100. Ruggiero notes, “From an administration point of view, Universal Type Server offers more enterprise features that better fit with our future needs. We plan to roll out Universal Type Client to enable access to the same font sets from other M&C Saatchi locations”.