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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

MIS/ERP Systems: How Are You Managing Your Business? (Premium Content)

The best way to look at MIS/ERP systems is holistically, in the context of the bigger picture of managing your business as a whole. Just as you should have a production workflow system, ultimately an MIS system is a workflow system for your business operations.


New Ryerson University Study Evaluates Expanded Color Gamut Printing

Ryerson University has just published a detailed study of expanded gamut printing, based on a series of extensive tests using commercial color management systems to process and print test forms containing PANTONE spot colors. The author of the study, Dr. Abhay Sharma, presents some of the top-level findings and conclusions.


Solving Print Software Challenges by Borrowing from Other Features (Premium Content)

Define the challenge you're trying to solve before you jump into a shortcut that borrows from another feature in your Print MIS or web-to-print. If you borrow too much, you’re implementation of the software will get detached from the vendor’s product roadmap—which can be expensive and painful.


The Migrating Value Chain: Print Production to Software (Premium Content)

The value in the print industry today is migrating from the production floor to the mobile device of your customers. How are you investing in providing your customer access to your business from their phone?


Making Brutal Software Feature Decisions (Premium Content)

Print software is a pile of features that solve business process challenges. You have to learn how to prioritize what’s the next most important feature in the software by comparing its impact against all the other features.


The Trap of One More Software Feature (Premium Content)

Don’t let a feature stop you from implementing what works for you today. Don’t let the people in your organization that are good at looking for all the ways something won’t work win. Implement what works and then find ways around the missing features. Waiting is keeping your business in neutral.


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News

IXIASOFT and Oxygen Take Strategic Partnership to the Next Level

Next-Generation EFI Fiery Technology Delivers Higher Print Color Quality Plus Controls for Boosted Color Saturation

Datalogics Provides PDF/A Parts 2 and 3 and ZUGFeRD Support through Adobe PDF Library

QuarkXPress Mac App Adds Groundbreaking New Features

CHILI publish Onboards Fabian Prudhomme as Global Vice President Sales & Alliances

Avanti Wins Three “Red Hots” Awards

Xerox EMEA to Distribute Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System with Xerox Iridesse Press

Creative Edge Software Reaches out to Printers and Converters with Launch of IC3D 6.0 and Largest Ever Presence at Labelexpo

Latest Color-Logic Case Study Shows Real Benefit for Graphic Designers

Design'N'Buy Upgrades All-In-One Designer, Launches V3.3.1

Customer’s Canvas to Demonstrate the Newest Preflight Software at the PRINT19 Trade Show

Customer’s Canvas to Introduce its Innovative Text Rendering Engine at the PRINT19 Trade Show

Design'N'Buy Takes Product Personalization to The Next Level, Launches PrintCommerce V3.1

Customer’s Canvas by Aurigma Provides a Product Personalization Workflow for Canadian Startup

Customer’s Canvas to Demonstrate its Newest Back Office Technology at PRINT19

Ultimate Puts ProList Ahead of the Competition

Small and Medium Sized Businesses Prefer Cloud-First Print Management with Edge Computing

Color Concepts Appoints Ralf Hartmanns as Chief Operation Officer

QuarkXPress 15.0.1 Release Now Available

printlQ Simplifies the Process at Ryerson

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Video

Video preview: Caldera Services Team Offers a Variety of Integration Services to Support Workflow Automation

Caldera Services Team Offers a Variety of Integration Services to Support Workflow Automation

Published: August 14, 2019

Ben Amor, Regional Sales and Service Director Americas for Caldera, explains the markets Caldera RIPs serve, including the 1,400 different print drivers the company supports. He also talks about how the company's Services Team works with partners to facilitate further integration and automation across the entire production process for the markets it serves.

 

Video preview: CloudLab's Steven Antoni Explains the Company's Ecommerce Offering

CloudLab's Steven Antoni Explains the Company's Ecommerce Offering

Published: July 29, 2019

CloudLab, an ecommerce provider, has an online store offering that integrates with other components in the workflow, including production and business applications, for an automated environment. Steven Antoni, President of CloudLab Americas, explains how.

 

Video preview: GMG Assists with Color Management

GMG Assists with Color Management

Published: June 18, 2019

Eric Dalton, Director of Sales - Western Region for GMG, talks about color management specific to wide-format printing and the two kinds of software GMG offers to help users implement color management.

 

Video preview: Dataline: ERP Dedicated to Making Graphic Arts Businesses More Efficient

Dataline: ERP Dedicated to Making Graphic Arts Businesses More Efficient

Published: May 30, 2019

Dirk Deroo, CEO of Dataline, talks about the founding of his company in his attic and why its modular approach to ERP for the graphic arts industry adds value for the industry. In addition to product development experts, Dataline puts substantial focus on project management/implementation. The company has 8,000 users across all segments of print including textiles.

 

Video preview: Ultimate TechnoGraphics Provides Software Solutions for a Variety of Workflows

Ultimate TechnoGraphics Provides Software Solutions for a Variety of Workflows

Published: May 9, 2019

Julie Watson, CEO of Ultimate TechnoGraphics, talks about the breadth of automated software solutions available as either standalone applications or integrated into a variety of third-party products and established workflows.

 

Video preview: Save Money and Get Results by Managing Your Data

Save Money and Get Results by Managing Your Data

Published: May 7, 2019

Christine Erna of Strategic Postal Advisors and Scott Eganhouse of TEC Mailing Solutions discuss the trends in the automation of workflow centered around transactional documentation and managing data from a centralized location.

 

Video preview: DALIM Software: Bridging Print Business Silos

DALIM Software: Bridging Print Business Silos

Published: May 2, 2019

David Zwang talks with Dr. Carol Werlé, CEO of DALIM Software, at DUO2019, the DALIM Users Group Conference. DALIM, which develops productivity workflow and communication software, was founded in 1989 and has changed as the industry has changed, serving now as a “bridge between the solos” in a print business.

 

Video preview: Bluecrest Continues Its Rapid Growth

Bluecrest Continues Its Rapid Growth

Published: March 13, 2019

Grant Miller, President and CEO of Bluecrest, discusses the rapid, eight-month growth of the enterprise print and mail company that used to be part of Pitney Bowes. At Hunkeler Innovationdays, Bluecrest was showing its new ERP systems and other integrated print and mail solutions, which include workflow and analytics and reporting tools.

 

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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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