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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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Print Software Evaluation – First Define the Problem It Solves (Premium Content)

Every software tool sets out to solve a set of problems, all too often the problem is never defined because the sales process focuses on solutions, benefits, and features. Take the time to understand the problem print software solves and most importantly whether you have that problem!


Product Spotlight: Kodak PRINERGY Cloud

Your print business runs on software, more and more of that software is being delivered via the cloud where resources can be precisely controlled and scaling (both up and down) is configurable in real-time. Kodak’s flagship workflow product – PRINERGY Workflow is no exception to taking advantage of what cloud computing can do to a printer’s production workflow.


Software is our Primary Business Tool

Buy, implement, build – software is part of your everyday business life now. It is the primary tool of all businesses.


Understanding the Software Development Process

Making good software is like building a nice home, it takes multiple resources who are coordinated to deliver on your needs. The more a printer understands the software process, the better they will be at managing it for internal projects or influencing the software roadmap of their vendors.


The Danger of Rushing to a Solution (Premium Content)

We want to be efficient, we want to feel smart. When we hear even the first words of a challenge, we categorize it and start trying to solve it based on our available tool set. This prevents you from a real understanding of the problem.


Your Customer’s Lack of Change Management Kills Web-to-Print Adoption

People don’t like change, they need to be led through change because the transition between “how you’ve always done it” and the “new more tech-focused way to do it” can be a river of misery.


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News

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

GMG enables multi-color profiling without test charts

Crawford Technologies Named a Top Technology Company for Seventh Consecutive Year

Hamillroad Software Readies Itself for Further Expansion 

GMC Software Launches Business Partner Track of Newly-expanded Partner Advantage Program

Adobe Reimagines PDF Creation for a Mobile-First World

CGS wins Idealliance G7 System Certification with ORIS Lynx

CHROMiX and HutchColor announce Curve4 full release, completing expansion of essential G7 tool

QuarkXPress 2017 to InDesign Mac/Win Plugins in Markzware Q2ID Bundle

Markzware Announces QuarkXPress 2017 Support in FlightCheck for Mac

DALIM ES rises to the top at the Henry Stewart NY 2017 Great DAM Bake Off

QuarkXPress 2017 Now Available

Long Rapida 106 followed by a modern MIS from KBA-Sheetfed

Crawford Technologies Successfully Completes SOC 2 Type II + HITRUST CSF Examination

Lewis Color Goes High Tech with Midnight MIS Software from Virtual Systems

Taopix Announces the General Release of Version 2017r1

Quark Named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Content Services

Quark Releases Content Automation Trends Report 2017

The Buffalo News intensifies collaboration with Q.I. Press Controls - Engineering Automation Electronics

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Video

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.

 

Video preview: Describe the Challenges You Want to Solve with Software

Describe the Challenges You Want to Solve with Software

Published: April 27, 2017

Our default reaction to talking about software is to try to describe the solution or a feature of the potential solution (e.g. drag and drop). Focus on telling the story of the CHALLENGE you are trying to solve - this is so much more helpful. What do you want to solve and who do you want to solve it for?

 

Video preview: After the Honeymoon of Selling Web-to-Print Program

After the Honeymoon of Selling Web-to-Print Program

Published: April 20, 2017

When you sell a web-to-print program, you have a brief honeymoon period that needs to be optimized. Stay focused on the business goals - get orders flowing through the system. Nobody wants to hear from a customer saying, its been six months and we've seen no value!

 

Video preview: Chain of Custody of Print Jobs

Chain of Custody of Print Jobs

Published: April 13, 2017

One of the key functions of a Print MIS is to track where every single job is in your facility. Chain of custody is about inputting the transfer of ownership between resources in your plant. It always amazes us how powerful this one feature of a Print MIS when implemented properly.

 

Video preview: Print Is Not Dead AND Its Not Returning to Past Dominance

Print Is Not Dead AND Its Not Returning to Past Dominance

Published: April 6, 2017

Print is not dead, we still need print and it needs to work and play well with its digital alternatives. The use of print has changed, especially in marketing. Printers need to extend their value proposition to understand all communication options in order to keep print relevant.

 

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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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