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Production Automation: How Do You Get Started Affordably?

Following up on her recent article, Graph Expo Retrospective, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne takes a look at production automation, a key "Critical Technology" as identified by the Graph Expo Must See 'ems committee. Getting started might be more affordable than you think.

By Cary Sherburne
Published: September 30, 2011


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By mark on Sep 30, 2011

It might be time to rethink the broad use of the nomer 'Marketing Service Provider' in the context of printers morphing to provide such services. I believe it is more accurate to describe the evolving role as a marketing infrastructure service provider. I base this on the idea of specific infrastructure services vs. overall campaign strategies and tactics. The printer as 'MSP' provides a subset tactic, or group of subset tactics, in an overall campaign strategy.


By Cary Sherburne on Sep 30, 2011

I agree with that. I never liked the nomenclature, but it has been hard to come up with another one. Your suggestion is good, but too many words. If anyone has suggestions, post them here!


By Chuck Gehman on Sep 30, 2011

Attention Printing Company Owners: Walk into to your IT guy's office. Ask him if your company uses an Enfocus Switch product. If he says no, fire him.

Then walk into your prepress department. Ask the prepress manager if the staff uses an Enfocus Switch product. If that person says no, fire her, too.

While we are firing people, go ahead and fire anyone who uses the term "marketing service provider" to refer to your printing company!


By Cary Sherburne on Sep 30, 2011

Chuck, you are too much!


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