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Recent Commentary & Analysis from David Zwang

David Zwang travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach. He specializes in production optimization, strategic business planning, market analysis, and related services to companies in the vertical media communications market. Clients have included printers, manufacturers, retailers, publishers, premedia and US Government agencies,.

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Transforming and Automating Workflows: Packaging Workflow Standards and Futures Part 2

Published November 24, 2014

David Zwang looks at process transformation and automation, and the background and steps you need to understand to be successful. He also looks at some of the current product offerings and how they are being used by service providers, to give you ideas about how you can transform your business and strengthen your customer relationships.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Packaging Workflow Standards and Futures Part 1

Published October 27, 2014

There have been many new digital label and packaging presses released recently, and there are more to coming in the near future. However, these new digital presses will never reach optimal production levels or support and drive the new market requirements, without new standards and workflows.

 

Production Inkjet—The Next Wave: Ricoh Pro VC60000

Published September 30, 2014

Many of the production inkjet vendors are beginning to introduce new offerings, David Zwang continues to look at many of these new products as they are introduced in the context of what was learned in the original series. In this article David looks at the Ricoh Pro VC60000.

 

Zwang: What Does "The New MBO" Mean?

Published September 11, 2014

David Zwang and Cary Sherburne discuss what "The New MBO" means and what he took from their attendance at a customer event in New Jersey.

 

Who will capture the Iron Throne: Are you paying attention? Part 2

Published July 28, 2014

In this continuation of the last article, while the kinder gentler Zwang continues his summer vacation, his alter ego… a shadowy figure dressed in a trilby and trench coat and telling stories, digs deeper into the drivers and tools that are influencing your clients’ business decisions and how this can and will affect your business decisions.

 

Who will capture the Iron Throne: Are you paying attention?

Published July 7, 2014

In this article, at the request of JW (aka the printing industry’s own Deep Throat), Zwang displays his alter ego… a shadowy figure dressed in a trilby and trench coat, and takes a departure from focusing on your businesses to look instead at the rapidly changing requirements and the resulting workflows of your clients and potential clients, and how that may undermine your very existence.

 

Premium Content Production Inkjet—The Next Wave: Kodak PROSPER 6000

Published June 10, 2014

Now that time has passed, and many of the production inkjet vendors are beginning to introduce new offerings, David will look at many of these new products in the context of what was learned in the original series as they are introduced.

 

Premium Content Production Inkjet—The Next Wave: Océ ImageStream 3500 from Canon

Published June 9, 2014

Now that time has passed, and many of the production inkjet vendors are beginning to introduce new offerings, David will look at many of these new products in the context of what was learned in the original series as they are introduced.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Thinking out of the box Part 2

Published June 2, 2014

There is an assumption that as service provider there are very specific, almost predetermined ways that a workflow to support your business operations should be developed and deployed. However, sometimes, to use a somewhat overused term, you need to think out of the box. In Part 2 of this article we continue to look at some other ways to approach offerings, and workflows.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Thinking out of the box

Published May 5, 2014

There is an assumption that as service provider there are very specific, almost predetermined ways that a workflow to support your business operations should be developed and deployed. However, sometimes, to use a somewhat overused term, you need to think out of the box.

 

New Xerox Versant 2100 Raises the Bar for Mid-Entry Digital Presses

Published April 25, 2014

David Zwang takes a look at today's announcement by Xerox of their new Versant 2100 press and provides some insight into how the press was developed and what impact it will have on the mid-entry-level production market.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Do I need to do it all at once?

Published April 7, 2014

In preparation for this article, David spoke with a wide format print service provider with a portfolio of disparate equipment that implemented the first phase of a production workflow system to automate and optimize some of his processes. The results were quite impressive.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Can I really have it all?

Published February 26, 2014

David speaks with a print service provider with a variety of disparate equipment that implemented a business and production workflow system to handle it all, and his only complaint is that he wishes he had done it sooner.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Getting work into the plant Part Two - Have We Arrived or is it Just a Rest Stop?

Published January 27, 2014

In Part two of this two part article, David looks at some of the current solution offerings that are designed to bring your client’s jobs into your plant to see if and how they are meeting the challenges of today’s service provider.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Getting work into the plant Part One: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Published December 9, 2013

In Part one of this two part article, David looks at Some history of, and some of the solution types for getting work into your plant.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Web to Print or getting work into the plant

Published November 15, 2013

David looks at how you get the work from your customer into your plant. What does web to print mean to you; and is it the answer to getting work into your plant, or are there multiple answers?

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Marketing Campaign Automation

Published October 18, 2013

David looks at Marketing Campaign process automation. This is a new and interesting area that can help support a Print Service Provider transformation into a Marketing Services Provider business model, and potentially integrate into an automated print production workflow.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Workflow Dominates Print13 Part Two

Published September 23, 2013

In part two of this article, David looks at new and updated MIS/ERP business management systems that were introduced at Print13 in Chicago.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Workflow Dominates Print13 (Part One)

Published September 20, 2013

In this article, David looks at many new production workflows solutions that were introduced at Print13 in Chicago. Due to the sheer volume of new announcements, this is Part One of two articles covering this new product review.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Cloud Based Workflow Management Systems

Published August 16, 2013

In this article, David looks at cloud-based production management systems, a relatively new concept and product category, what they look like and how they compare to the more conventional workflow management offerings.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Solutions for disparate systems?

Published July 8, 2013

In this article, David looks at how the existing solution offerings can be used in disparate workflow systems both inside the plant and bridging client workflow systems

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Packaged Workflow Solutions

Published June 17, 2013

David looks at some of the packaged workflow systems that are now being offered, either with hardware products or as standalone solutions. He will look at them as primary support for a device as well as how they work in the context of a broader plant workflow.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Workflow Systems, déjà vu all over again

Published May 20, 2013

This series of articles by David L. Zwang focuses on the processes and products that can lead to the transformation of your current workflows and business, to prepare you for the new challenges ahead. In this article, David moves the discussion forward, now focusing on ‘workflow systems,’ what that encompasses, and some of the things you need to pay attention to as you review them. All of this done with an eye toward building a flexible platform upon which to grow.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Production Infrastructures –DFEs: The State of the Market

Published April 22, 2013

In this article, David continues the infrastructure discussion, now focusing on the current state of the DFE (Digital Front End, aka RIPs) in the market, covering Digital Print DFEs as well as CTP DFEs, and the beginning of the plant production workflow. All of this done with an eye toward building a flexible platform upon which to grow.

 

Transforming and Automating Workflows: Production Infrastructures – The evolution of the DFE

Published April 2, 2013

David continues the discussion, now focusing on the production infrastructure by looking at the role of the DFE (Digital Front End, aka RIP), and how that has changed as a result of digital press technology and the changing demands of the marketplace. In keeping with the series theme, he looks at it with an eye toward building a flexible platform upon which to grow.

 

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