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KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions Provides integration with 56 vendors

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 2-By connecting the print workflow system with the business management system, print service providers are able to increase their production efficiency while reducing errors and waste. Kodak makes this process easy, offering connectivity between its KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions and 28 leading MIS suppliers. Kodak also offers 124 individual JDF interfaces and support for 56 vendors.

"We are committed to expanding and enhancing our support for JDF throughout the Unified Workflow, providing a flexible and powerful set of solutions that enable our customers to maximize productivity and efficiency through integration," said Judi Hess, General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company.

True workflow integration is the goal of all print service providers, and being able to bridge each of the components is critical. For example, Kodak's JDF MIS to Prepress certification specifies the information to be exchanged between an MIS and a workflow system, including the way to describe the information and the method of communication. This means that two certified systems-even from different vendors-will have a level of interoperability when installed, allowing for job creation, specification of impositions and tracking of materials.

Full connectivity is standard with all KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions, and Kodak remains committed to the CIP4 organization's vision of computer based integration of all graphic arts processes. More than 20 third party vendors were using Kodak equipment at drupa, and Kodak will again demonstrate this interoperability at Graph Expo in October.

"We have a very clear strategy when it comes to workflow interoperability, and it's centered around open standards and working through the CIP4 organization to ensure we have certified products," explained Nick Benkovich, Product Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group. "Today we have connectivity with 56 industry vendors. At the end of the day, that means our customers have more options and better integration when it comes to connecting third party systems to Kodak workflow."

KODAK Products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. KODAK Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals reaching more than 120 countries. It is a leading multi vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for the commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging and data storage industries. KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.




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