The Open University, UK
Customer & Industry
The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them. With 250,000 students, studying hundreds of different course subjects all over the world. As part of supporting their students and teachers the OU produce course materials in a wide variety of user formats with PDF and Print remaining one of their major parts.
The Open University have used APP (3B2) and APP-Enterprise successfully for many years to create their printed and PDF format course materials in both a manual and fully automated, on-demand workflow.
For a new publication type in January 2013 the OU wished to optimise their APP implementation and speed up the on-demand generation utilising the new features available to them since their existing V8 templates (stylesheets) had been configured. The new configuration template library would then be used as a basis to go on and upgrade all their existing legacy templates.
Outcome & Benefits
The new template library has dramatically improved the efficiency of the entire online on-demand system for these documents. Reducing CPU usage on the server, returning generated PDFs faster to the users and formatting documents in 3B2 (APP), at least 7 times faster than the original configuration.