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HP Pulls Plug on HP Hiflex Management Information System and HP Hiflex Web-to-Print Solutions

By Cary Sherburne
Published: July 12, 2013

A couple weeks ago, a source informed Senior Editor Cary Sherburne that HP was in the process of pulling the plug on its Hiflex MIS and web-to-print offerings. While there has been no official public announcement from HP, this article summarizes what customers are being told and includes an official statement from HP.

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Cary Sherburne is a well-known author, journalist and marketing consultant whose practice is focused on marketing communications strategies for the printing and publishing industries.

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Discussion

By Henry Freedman on Jul 12, 2013

Good news for EFI. Can't rule out HP integrating the HiFlex in a better way so their retraction from distribution could be momentary. Note Xerox has been in and out of the wide format business for decades - and - later on HP could change its mind re: HiFlex
functionality with a nice integration.

 

By Barry Walsh on Jul 14, 2013

Did anyone notice that in the same week HP pulls plug on Hiflex, Ricoh invests millions into Avanti?

 

By Erik Nikkanen on Jul 14, 2013

Barry, yes it has been noticed.

http://www.printbusinessmagazine.co.uk/news/PrintBusiness91605.ink

 

By Cary Sherburne on Jul 15, 2013

Barry, it is even mentioned in this article ...

 

By Paul Gardner on Jul 16, 2013

Does anyone else wish there were an Open Source MIS system for printers?

 

By David Weiner on Jul 22, 2013

Paul, DynamicsPrint which is based on Microsoft Dynamics AX ships complete with source code. The system enables companies who are familiar with Microsoft technologies to be self sufficient.

 

By Cary Sherburne on Jul 22, 2013

That sounds like an interesting option at the rate MIS solutions are coming and going :-) Requires more IT on staff, tho, I would assume. However, printing companies should increasingly be adding IT resources anyway if they want to stay current with market demands.

 

By Paul Gardner on Jul 23, 2013

David, I like the approach of providing source code to your customers. But as remarkable and laudable as that is, DynamicsPrint is still a commercial product, not open source project.

Cary, Open Source software is usually as simple to install, configure, use and manage as the equivalent commercial alternatives. Sometimes, much easier! And YES, I whole-heartedly agree that IT talent will increasingly be critical to successful printers.

 

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