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Howie Fenton

Howie Fenton is InfoTrends' Associate Director of Operational Consulting. For over 25 years, he has focused on benchmarking operational and financial performance in in-plants and commercial printers. He can be reached via e-mail at Howie.Fenton@infotrends.com.

Recent Commentary & Analysis from Howie Fenton

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Premium Content Three Critical Trends for 2016

Published December 22, 2015

As the end of the year approaches, it becomes helpful to think about the trends that will likely impact our industry in the future. This article offers a top-level overview of three trends that are expected to impact commercial printers and in-plant printers in the coming year.


Premium Content The Training Benchmark: How Does Your Company Compare to Industry Leaders?

Published October 8, 2015

Although cross-training is certainly important, it is only one component of the overall training pie. This article discusses other considerations that are equally or even more important, including how well our industry trains and how your company compares to the leaders in the industry.


Premium Content The Unclear Future of Transactional Printing and Mailing

Published September 16, 2015

Although things are changing, traditional mailing and printing methods are still an important part of the ecosystem. Early predictions about the rapid adoption of electronic invoices and online payments have proven to be exaggerated. This article references recent InfoTrends research to explore how transactional printing and mailing is changing over time.


Premium Content Production Inkjet Printing: Disruption or Opportunity?

Published August 20, 2015

Are inkjet presses a disruptive technology? This article will discuss the definition of a “disruptive technology,” determine if the data surrounding inkjet presses fulfills the criteria, and explore the ongoing impact of production inkjet printing.


Premium Content Two Keys to Increasing Productivity: Software Automation and Hardware Utilization

Published July 16, 2015

One of the keys to effectively running a world-class company is finding ways to constantly increase productivity. This article explores the importance of measuring operational performance and discusses various strategies for doing so.


Premium Content Web-to-Print Differences: In-Plants vs. Commercial Printers

Published June 18, 2015

InfoTrends’ research has uncovered some key differences in web-to-print adoption among commercial printers versus corporate in-plants. This article leverages recent research to explore some of the differences in how these two groups use web-to-print technology.


Premium Content A Renewed Focus on Core Print Services and a Slowing PSP-to-MSP Migration

Published May 28, 2015

The transition from a Print Service Provider to a Marketing Service Provider has been a topic of discussion for several years now. Although some businesses are making this shift, others are placing a renewed focus on their core competencies. This article cites InfoTrends’ research and explores the challenges that can arise when attempting to make the transition to an MSP.


Software Investment Trends and the Return of Color Management

Published April 16, 2015

This article explores the increased interest in color management software among corporate and commercial printers. It cites research from InfoTrends to illuminate how more and more businesses are beginning to recognize the benefits of implementing a color management program.


Premium Content Web-to-Print: The Best or Worst Investment?

Published March 19, 2015

Some print service providers are automating production with Web-to-print software, but this strategy does not work for all companies. This article explores why some companies succeed with Web-to-print while others fail.


Will You Thrive, Survive, or Die in 2015?

Published January 15, 2015

In the coming year, trying something new rather than continuing with business as usual can be the difference between success and failure. This article leverages recent research from InfoTrends to explore how industry leaders are making the most of today’s turbulent market.


Is the Digital Label Market Growing and Why?

Published December 17, 2010


Early Adopters, First Time iPad Usage and Needed Work-Arounds

Published December 13, 2010


Survey Says E-Book Readers Prefer the iPad, But is it Fair?

Published December 9, 2010


Paton says Put Digital People in Charge of Newspapers

Published December 6, 2010


Display and Print R&D at HP

Published December 2, 2010


How Important is a Newspaper Designed from Scratch: iPad Newspaper?

Published November 22, 2010


Google Instant Search and Previews and How it Impacts Paid Search and Design

Published November 18, 2010


AOL Trying to Rise from the Ashes with Facelift and Access to Multiple Email Accounts

Published November 15, 2010


Color Nook: Ebook or Half a Tablet

Published November 11, 2010


9 Hot Apple Stories

Published November 8, 2010


Gartner’s Optimistic Predictions of Tablet Growth

Published November 4, 2010


The Future of In-plant Printing

Published November 3, 2010


E-book War Update: Kindle Takes on Nook

Published October 27, 2010


Building a Do-It-Yourself Inkjet Press

Published October 20, 2010

Last blog we discussed the Cabot event at the Graph Expo show and how printing companies are building their own inkjet presses by adding heads to web presses.


Hot From Graph Expo—Should You Build Your Own Press?

Published October 13, 2010


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