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Yesterday’s Workflow Tools: Spreadsheets, Email, and PDFs

The toolset for solving business workflow challenges has completely changed in the last decade. If the only tool(s) you’re deploying are email, spreadsheets, and/or PDFs, you are using yesterday’s tools to solve today’s challenges.

By Jennifer Matt
Published: May 15, 2019


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Jennifer Matt is the managing editor of WhatTheyThink’s Print Software section as well as President of Web2Print Experts, Inc. a technology-independent print software consulting firm helping printers with web-to-print and print MIS solutions. You can reach her at jen@whattheythink.com.



By Gina Danner on May 15, 2019

Oh to wish it were so Jennifer... Understanding the possibilities of workflow tools is the first step -- then pulling in an MIS system built for print -- then adding in the customer nuances we see in commercial print.

For me the challenge is creating and communicating a vision that everyone can get around AND not get frustrated in pulling together. The goal, to get that vision implemented BEFORE the technology moves on us again.

One challenge we deal with is building systems for some of the most complex projects, that doesn't bog down the simple "quick print" type of projects.

It does make for an interesting, every changing, and exciting opportunity.


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