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HP Launches SmartStream Director Web-to-fulfillment Workflow Solution

Monday, June 02, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

DÜSSELDORF, Germany, May 29, 2008 – HP today added the new HP SmartStream Director to its dynamic SmartStream workflow portfolio for print service providers.

As part of this introduction, HP has formed a new original equipment manufacturer relationship with graphic arts business flow automation technology provider Press-sense. HP will sell and support HP SmartStream Director.

HP SmartStream Director provides small to large businesses with an integrated and open workflow solution that can automate, manage, customize and optimize business and production processes from job creation to fulfillment.

Expected to be available in November 2008, HP SmartStream Director provides a customizable set of tools to meet both print buyer and print provider needs in various market segments, including general commercial printing, direct marketing, print publications, photo specialty, and labels and packaging.

HP SmartStream Director will integrate a wide variety of Press-sense applications and technology as well as HP tools and solutions. Key features, components and benefits to HP SmartStream Director include:

•    An integrated production framework for managing jobs from online submission through print to fulfillment, based on Press-sense's new iWay version 5.0.

•    Enhanced efficiency of production environments for print service providers through tight integrations with HP SmartStream portfolio components.

•    A built-in, high-performance variable data printing package that handles workflows from creation to fulfillment based on HP SmartStream Designer.

•    A broader range of production applications based on embedded integrations into optional HP SmartStream and partner components, including the HP SmartStream Photo Enhancement Server, Creo Darwin and products from DirectSmile, Digilabs and others.

"HP SmartStream Director will empower customers to pursue profitable growth opportunities by leveraging our industry-leading digital press technology with the comprehensive business automation and workflow management available from Press-sense," said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo division, HP. "This announcement, along with our expanded partnership, is the latest outcome of the long-standing close collaboration between HP and Press-sense, which has culminated in dozens of joint customers."

HP SmartStream Director was co-developed with Press-sense to be scalable and based on an open architecture. Initially developed to support HP Indigo presses, HP SmartStream Director will be expanded in the future to support other HP Graphic Arts digital printing technologies.

It is part of the HP SmartStream workflow portfolio, which was announced at HP's Pre-drupa event in March and is being shown for the first time at drupa. The portfolio enables graphic arts customers to create a variety of digital print applications using components developed by HP and its partners.

"Press-sense is excited to strengthen the level of cooperation with HP," said Shlomo Ben-David, chief executive officer, Press-sense. "With this alliance, HP customers can significantly improve their response to print buyer requirements for more advanced print services and grow the business, while enhancing the management of their entire business and production processes from a request for quote, all the way through to delivery and billing, with unmatched flexibility and scalability."

HP SmartStream Director is being shown in the HP booth at drupa in Hall 8A.




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