After coming off of MSG, LaunchPad feels like I've made a 15 year technological leap. For one thing, MSG couldn't be accessed from a Mac platform or remotely from a web browser and this made it impossible to work from anywhere other than one dedicated workstation. Other features that I love, from a production perspective, are the reports and exports that LaunchPad staff helped me customize to work with my ad mapping system. I have greater access to the information I need to better service clients on the production side from contact info to more detailed ad production instructions.
As a production manager, I have many jobs in process at the same time. Everything from advertisers in our magazines, to special inserts, to general design work outside of the magazines. We have a lot going on! Before LaunchPad, I kept everything in Excel spreadsheets (even though we used another media management program). LaunchPad has taken all of that duplicated effort away and made it easy for me to keep track of all my jobs. For the first time, our sales people understand how to enter their insertions and include everything I need to generate production orders. Everything is concise and organized so you get a clear snapshot of all open projects.