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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.

Articles

Succeeding in Spite of Print Software’s Weaknesses (Premium Content)

A culture of finding ways to optimize software in your business is something you can control. The successful printers will be the ones who are getting the most of their print software tools—mostly by being open to evolving their own workflows to fit the how the software works best.


Innovation with Print Software (Premium Content)

The source of our innovation is moving from the production floor to the customer’s mobile device. We are going from the differentiation based on speed, quality, and finishing to differentiation based on solving customer’s data challenges way upstream of the printing press.


Delivering Relevant Benefits in Print Sales (Premium Content)

Sales is about catering your company’s solutions to the specific challenges that are relevant to their current situation. There is no better way to lose a prospect’s attention then to talk about subjects that aren’t relevant to them.


Leadership Is Essential to Web-to-Print Implementations (Premium Content)

The transition between sales and implementation of web-to-print systems can be a rough road for the implementation team and the customer. The leadership of the implementation belongs with the printer—all too often the customers take the leadership and run the project off a cliff after spending lots of time and money.


Latest Innovations in Your Print Business (Premium Content)

Do your innovation projects take into consideration what would be best for your customers? Your customers want to know that you’re innovating to solve their challenges.


Learn from Print Sales Losses (Premium Content)

When you lose a sales deal, how does your company react? Do you have a culture of learning from losses or do you have a culture of blaming? A sales loss is a treasure trove of learning—successful companies evaluate and adjust for their next pitch.


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News

End the Buyer Monotony Using the Product Designer Tool

Temple University Joins Leading Higher Education Institutes to Empower Digital Literacy Skills With Adobe Creative Cloud

OneVision Software with Workflow Automation Software at the International Graphic Arts Show in Tokyo

Esko Acquires BLUE Software

PerfectPattern Introduces New Console for Dynamic Print Planning

Onyx Graphics Expands ONYX 18 Certification Workshops

ColorGATE and Durst Phototechnik AG Announce Exclusive Distribution Partnership

PIA's 2018 Survey of Management Information Systems Published

Software Breakthrough from Global Graphics Corrects the Inkjet Smile

Apex Upgrades GTT Anilox Technology, Introducing GTT 2.0

Misconceptions About Web to Print Designer Tool

Enfocus Launches Reporting Module for Switch 2018

Graphics One Launches New Film Positive Printing System

Agfa Graphics Releases InkTune and PressTune

vjoon Supports ACS to Implement its Workflow

Ricoh’s “Lights Out” Production Workflow Enhances Customer Experience in Alzheimer’s Research Initiative

Quadient Announces General Availability of Quadient Inspire R12

Photo Album Software: Help Your Customers Create Unforgettable Memories

PagePath Waives Printer’s Plan Annual Maintenance Fees

Quadient Holds the Top Leadership Position in the 2018 Aspire Leaderboard for Customer Communications Management

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Video

Video preview: Tharstern's Approach to MIS and Business Intelligence

Tharstern's Approach to MIS and Business Intelligence

Published: April 23, 2018

Matt Miloszewski, Business Development Manager at Tharstern, talks about Tharstern's approach to MIS and managing operational data within print operations. Tharstern has over 700 installations globally.

 

Video preview: Sell Workflows Not Print

Sell Workflows Not Print

Published: January 10, 2018

Solving workflow issues for a customer opens up the door to long-term repeatable business. Jennifer Matt cites recent project work where building workflows brought in significant print business.

 

Video preview: PrintIQ's Approach to MIS and Workflow

PrintIQ's Approach to MIS and Workflow

Published: November 16, 2017

Mick Rowan (Director) and Adrian Fleming (Sales Director) at PrintIQ share their vision and approach to a cloud based management workflow system that goes beyond traditional MIS.

 

Video preview: How to Think About Large Custom Development Projects

How to Think About Large Custom Development Projects

Published: August 24, 2017

Large software projects should be taken on with some extra planning upfront. Just like buildings, you should prototype and get a real sense of how the software is going to work. Given the time, we always build out the user experience first. Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson, a print software architect talks about how he would approach a large custom development project.

 

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: 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.

 

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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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