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This section of WhatTheyThink aggregates all of the news, educational content, and analysis about the software that drives print businesses, from order entry through shipping and invoicing. It is combined in a single area so that our members and the industry as a whole can go to a single place to learn how software is changing the business of print and gain actionable ideas on how they may apply new solutions to their own business problems.

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Articles

Ask More Questions, Make Fewer Assumptions, Sell More (Premium Content)

People buy workflows; therefore sales is a discovery process that reveals the challenges in their workflows that you might be in a position to solve. You have to ask more question and make fewer assumptions.


How Well Does Your Staff Know Your Software? (Premium Content)

We train on presses, we engage with the press vendors. We make sure operators are competent – why don’t we do the same for software solutions (especially Print MIS, production workflow, and web-to-print)?


Print Business Investments: Presses vs. Software (Premium Content)

Successful print companies have always been re-investing in their business to remain competitors. Up until now, that investment centered around production equipment and systems. Technology in the form of software will be a primary differentiator moving forward.


Software with Print on the Side

Software is the toolset that enables you to solve the business challenges required to win the print that results from them. Your sales process is going to look like software as the main dish with print as a side dish.


The Intellectual Property Buried in Your Print Business

Every person in your business solves challenges every day with the tools they have at their disposal and the tools they are comfortable deploying. There is a rich set of intellectual property buried there which can be retrieved by listening and understanding how humans looks for ways to build trusted systems.


Avoid Common and Costly Traps of Print Software Evaluation (Premium Content)

Evaluating software is not a math problem, please don’t count the number of features and award the deal to the highest score. Print software must solve your challenges, in the order of importance to your business.


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News

Avanti Slingshot Captures Two MUST SEE ‘EMS for PRINT 17

Quark Software Recognized by SIIA as Best Multi-Channel Publishing Platform or Service

Taopix Announces New Version of its Photo Commerce Software

Madison Advisors Research Underscores Importance of Accommodating Customer Preferences in Building Loyalty

Improved Workflow and RIP for the Oki Pro Series Range

ORIS PearlPROOF Super V GRACoL continues to lead industry migration toward GRACoL 2013-based profiles

Expanded Digital Partnerships with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 8.1 Provide Ultimate Flexibility

Infigo Software announce Enfocus OEM partnership that delivers game-changing automation efficiencies 

Quark Acquired by Parallax Capital Partners to Support Accelerated Growth

ONYX Hub software brings business intelligence to wide format

Evan Engesether rejoins CGS as Central Regional Sales Manager

Onyx Graphics releases ONYX 12.2 software

Customer vision helps shape Tharstern MIS

Infigo Software announce strategic partnership with Trustpilot reflecting its commitment to client success

Mediaclip Partners with Flipnix Solutions on Printed Product Sales Solution

Tharstern MIS a big plus for Smart Graphics

Cenveo Announces Kadena 2.0

OneVision Releases Workflow Management Suite Workspace 17.1

JFK Health Treats Printing Security, Costs and Usage with Nuance Solutions

New EFI Fiery Print Server for Sharp MX-7580N/6580N Color Document Systems Streamlines High-Volume Office Production

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Video

Video preview: The Never Ending Implementation of Your Print MIS

The Never Ending Implementation of Your Print MIS

Published: July 27, 2017

Print MIS implementation is a never-ending process. Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about why the evolution of the Print MIS does not end after the initial implementation. The vendor releases new versions, your business keeps changing (new products, new workflows) - your Print MIS needs to evolve with your business forever.

 

Video preview: How to Protect Your Business when Managing Software Projects

How to Protect Your Business when Managing Software Projects

Published: July 20, 2017

Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson, software architect about how to protect yourself. One of the key questions that is often missed is "who owns what?" Where is the source code stored? If you own the software, you should have access to the source code under an account in your business name.

 

Video preview: Mobile Serves Two Audiences (Google and Your Customers)

Mobile Serves Two Audiences (Google and Your Customers)

Published: July 6, 2017

Google is judging you on multiple fronts as it pertains to mobile. Jennifer Matt interviews Kellie Rife, a front end web developer and user experience designer about how she thinks about servicing both audiences: Google and Your Customers.

 

Video preview: Hiring Software Programmers That Understand Your Print Business

Hiring Software Programmers That Understand Your Print Business

Published: June 29, 2017

Most printers have at some point hired a software programmer. Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson about why thinking about software programming with a single resource filling all the roles. Software is combination of user interface, defining the requirements, coding and testing - think about who is going to play all those roles before you start your next custom development project.

 

Video preview: Who is Running Your Business? People or Software

Who is Running Your Business? People or Software

Published: June 22, 2017

Your software should run your business, your people should run your software. Can you easily get to the trusted data of your business? Is it in a trusted system of record (Print MIS/ERP)? Or do you have to gather up data from many different sources to get to a version of the truth? Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about helping printers transition from people run business to a software run business.

 

Video preview: How Mobile is Changing the Software Design Process

How Mobile is Changing the Software Design Process

Published: June 15, 2017

Mobile is now the predominate access point for users. Anything you put online needs to take into consideration how "mobile-friendly" your online experience is. Jennifer Matt interviews Kellie Rife, a web developer and user experience designer about how she thinks about mobile design.

 

Video preview: Managing Custom Software Projects in Your Print Business

Managing Custom Software Projects in Your Print Business

Published: June 8, 2017

Most printers have at some point hired a software programmer. Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson about why thinking about software programming with a single resource filling all the roles. Software is combination of user interface, defining the requirements, coding and testing - think about who is going to play all those roles before you start your next custom development project.

 

Video preview: Choosing Your Next Print MIS Solution

Choosing Your Next Print MIS Solution

Published: May 11, 2017

When you need to transition off a legacy Print MIS, there are few things that you need to consider when selecting your new trusted system of record. Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about how she guides companies through that decision process.

 

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Print Software Editors

Jennifer Matt

Jennifer Matt, Section Editor
An industry expert focusing on how software continues to impact the business of print.

Jane Mugford

Jane Mugford, Contributor
A technical operations expert, focusing on Print MIS, integration, and operational change management.

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