Cloud Production: A New Path to Profitability 2018-02-08T12:37:30+00:00


We offer cloud migration, cloud consulting, cloud application management and training on selection of the right tools for cloud migration. We assist companies to switch their on-premise or managed infrastructure to cloud-based solutions that save money and improve productivity.

Assessment | Cloud Production Partners Steps


Cloud Production Partner uses surveys,
interviews, and observation to conduct
a comprehensive service audit.
Planning | Cloud Production Partners Steps


We identify technology, training,
and processes to take your
service team to the next level.
Implementation | Cloud Production Partners Steps


Once we have executive buy-in,
we oversee the implementation
process from start to finish.
Efficiencies | Cloud Production Partners Steps


Cloud Production Partners monitors
key performance Indicators at
3-week Intervals, adjusting
strategies as needed.


Studies show that bringing Cloud Technologies in to run your day-to-day operations saves the average business 10% in payroll costs! Those savings free up cash to make investments elsewhere in your business or are there to improve your bottom line results.

Stay organized & on schedule. Find time with your team & publish calendars to the web.

Cloud Production Services | Calendar

Connect with people. Text, voice, and video chat lets you see who’s online and connect instantly.

Cloud Production Services | Contacts

Work from any connected device: your desktop, notebook, smartphone, or tablet. You’ll have secure and efficient to your email, contacts, calendar, documents and all your other files from any location.

Cloud Production Services | Sites

Work from any device. Secure, efficient access to all email, contacts, calendar and files from any location on any device.

Cloud Production Services | Work from Anywhere

Email applications are powerful, reliable, and secure. Reduce your need for IT costs and administration, and make maintenance easier.

Cloud Production Services | Email

Access your documents from anywhere. Share your files and folders with whom you choose, whether they are team members, clients, or partners.

Cloud Production Services | Share Documents

Communication with your team and others is easier through messaging or video at low cost.

Cloud Production Services | Hangouts

Migrating from your current systems to cloud-based applications can be done quickly, painlessly, and remotely, with an assurance of that your data are secure.

Cloud Production Services | Migration


Our goal is simple: to train printers and their employees to best use all their cloud workloads at the highest possible levels. We help print businesses gain the maximum benefits from the services they already use and those they plan to purchase.

Free Webinar on the Benefits and Pitfalls for Print Businesses
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern US time, Dr. Joe Webb is moderating a free, no-obligation webinar
Ten Reasons to Use Cloud Technology in Your Printing Business.
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“Ten Reasons to Use Cloud Technology in Your Printing Business” was recorded on on Thursday, June 22

Join printing technology expert Slava Apel, industry futurist Dr. Joe Webb, and cloud consultant Scott Prince for this important session for a practical and actionable overview of cloud computing and the printing industry. They will explain the opportunities to improve business strategy and increase the market value and investment attractiveness of a printing business.

Ten Reasons to Use Cloud Technology in Your Printing Business Webinar

The briefing starts with an overview of general cloud computing concepts and business applications, then focuses on specific printing business needs. Attendees will learn about competing cloud vendors, the range of price points, timing strategies for integration and migration, and more.

About the Presenters

The three presenters are Slava Apel, industry technologist who was voted as one of the top 35 Most Influential People in Canada’s printing industry, Scott Prince, who has two decades of experience as a corporate trainer and consultant in computer technologies, especially and has started two cloud migration businesses, and Dr. Joe Webb, printing futurist and consultant, whose book Disrupting the Future is the largest circulating strategic guide to printing businesses and executives worldwide.

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Cloud Production, A New Path To Profitability authors Slava Apel and Dr. Joe Webb

Authors: Slava Apel and Dr. Joe Webb

Printing technology expert Slava Apel and print industry consultant and futurist Dr. Joe Webb present their experiences, research, and practical perspectives about how printers can use cloud computing to improve their operations and customer experiences. These technologies can improve business strategy implementation and have a positive effect on the market value and investment attractiveness of a printing enterprise. Cloud computing is an enabling technology that offers opportunities for workflow flexibility and increased productivity. This cloud production guide stresses the best practices for the assessment and planning of cloud migration and implementation includes a plain-language overview of cloud computing concepts and business applications. Also discussed are the varieties of cloud services, cloud technology and software vendors, differences between cloud, SaaS, or enterprise deployments, and the range of price points and contracts for cloud software. The book pays special attention to the importance of training. The authors explore the risks and alternatives for the critical step of integrating the cloud with current operations and planning the migration of current systems to cloud computing.

Cloud Production, A New Path To Profitability authors Slava Apel and Dr. Joe Webb
Much anticipated guide on automating your print shop.

Book options

Welcome to the Cloud
A Brief History of the Cloud
Defining the Cloud
Three Ways of Using the Cloud
The Time Is Now
How This Book Is Organized
For More Information
Chapter 1: What Is the Cloud?
Cloud Drivers
Cloud Case #1
The Cloud for Print Businesses
Three Kinds of Clouds
-Private Cloud
-Public Cloud
-Hybrid Cloud
Comparing Clouds
Chapter 2. What Are Printers’ Perceptions of the Cloud?

Chapter 3. What Are the Benefits of Cloud Computing?

Chapter 4. What Applications Are in the Cloud?

Chapter 5. What Is the Cloud Migration Process?

Chapter 6. The Effects of Cloud Migration on Business Valuation and Succession

Chapter 7. Legal Ramifications of Cloud Migration

Choosing a Guide/Sherpa/Consultant/Cloud services brokers.

You have choices. Take our recommendations from the book and approach every company yourself. You can hire an IT minded individual to research for you and help you with the migration. You can teach your team to understand how to migrate to the cloud and how to choose a right vendor for each segment.

OR you can outsource it to a Guide/Sherpa/Consultant.

Consultants have done the conversion and migration many times prior to speaking to you so they can guide you for better pricing, better connectivity, better uptime and better service level agreements.

For  example,  on  a  recent  project,  a  client  requested  pricing  for  cloud  storage. We  provided the  same  specifications  to  three  providers,  whose  responses  ranged   from  free  to  $50K!

Could a range like this really be?  Finally, are you straight up concerned that you don’t know what you don’t know and that you will choose the “wrong” provider?

A consultant can guide you through Performance, architectures, disaster recovery plans, vendors, upgrades, security, data location, encryption in transit, regulatory compliance, documentation, support, pricing.

Instead of setting up meetings with 100s of vendors and sitting through 300s of hours of demonstrations and 600s of hours of their follow ups and presenting the findings to the management team (that’s a lot of coffee and boardroom meetings), we recommend using a Guide/Sherpa/Consultant/Cloud services broker that will do all of the homework to you and give you just 3 options instead of 100.  You still will end up with the final decision, but you will save 1000s of hours.

It is the Guide/Sherpa/Consultant/Cloud services broker’s (S/G/C/C) job to ask you the right questions, to figure out the requirements and to present only relevant cloud options to participate in the evaluation and serve as the general program manager for your company. It is Guide/Sherpa/Consultant/Cloud services brokers’ responsibility to set the schedule and deadlines, find you the best deal and make sure that the offering properly fits into your businesses culture.

The S/G/C/C/ knows what negotiation tactics are suitable for your pricing requirements and how to position your request to fit into the best pricing grid.

The compensation to S/G/C/C/ is split between different methods:

  • Vendors paying them a commission
  • Retainer plus hourly work
  • Discovery plus transition plus maintenance fees
  • A difference of savings success fee
  • A one-time lump sum fee based on scope
  • Etc

We recommend engaging a large, reputable and focused firm that understands printing industry.

Press Briefing / Media Launch of Cloud Production Book

Media Launch

Press Briefing / Media Launch of Cloud Production Book

The book was released at the Print17 trade show in Chicago, Illinois on September 7th, 2017. Both authors, Slava Apel and Dr. Joe Webb, were in attendance to say a few words and sign the books as they came off the Konica Minolta presses on the trade show floor. See video for details.


Slava Apel | Cloud Production PartnersMr. Apel has been in roles of CEO, CTO, CMO and COO of technology companies for 20+ years. He has founded a marketing company, order automation company, order fulfillment and has been a part of multiple technology start-ups. He has a wealth of knowledge in helping B2B and B2C companies monetize their businesses, products, and ideas. He was voted as one of top 35 Most Influential People in the printing industry by Print Action Magazine, and voted to be top 25 most influential Sales Directors in Social Media as scored by Klout March 2014. Mr. Apel consults to over 30 investment firms for high tech and manufacturing sector and brings business acumen and an expert selling methodology to Cloud Production Partners.

Mr. Cochrane | Cloud Production PartnersMr. Cochrane has 30 years of experience in software, hardware, and systems for IBM, Honeywell Information Systems, and Data General with senior managerial roles in building design, product assurance, and manufacturing organizations. He has founded 3 companies in the Business to Business (B2B) areas of computer consulting, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and cloud computing. A BSEE from Tufts University and a graduate of the Harvard PMD program, he also holds U.S. patents in logic and systems design. His strong belief in the evolving distributed nature of the workforce and the benefits of the cloud on business effectiveness provided the driving force in creation of Cloud Production Partners.

Mr. McClure | Cloud Production PartnersMr. McClure is a practicing attorney with over thirty years of experience. He maintains a business, estate and charitable planning law practice based in Virginia. His undergraduate degree is in International Studies and he holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the Ohio State University Law School. Roger has provided the energetic legal leadership in creating the structure for Cloud Production Partners.

Mr. Prince | Cloud Production PartnersMr. Prince has 18 years of experience as a corporate trainer and consultant. In the last decade he founded two cloud migration companies, Prince Consulting, LLC and OC Cloud Services. His expertise has helped small and medium sized businesses use cloud strategies to secure, consolidate, and synchronize their digital lives. He is a Google Apps for Business Authorized Reseller, Cloud Migration Specialist, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+). Scott’s knowledge and grasp of tailored business solutions and cloud computing are second to none. His Education and English degrees from University of Missouri at St. Louis and Webster University, together with his technical knowledge, have made Mr. Prince very successful in understanding customer requirements and communicating complex technology ideas to executives, their staff, and their employees. Mr. Prince is responsible for establishing the methodology and systems for program management of Cloud Plus Partner projects.

Dr. Webb | Cloud Production PartnersDr. Webb – is a consultant, entrepreneur, and economics commentator, who started his career in the printing and industrial imaging industry more than 30 years ago. He has held executive positions and consulted with leading companies in business research, planning, marketing and forecasting. His doctoral degree is in industrial and corporate education from New York University, and he holds an MBA in Management Information Systems, with baccalaureate work in managerial sciences and marketing. He has taught in graduate and undergraduate business programs in a number of Northeast US colleges, and now resides in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

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