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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

Is Your Print Business Available Online?

What can your customers do online with your print business? How easy is it for your customers to do business with you? Are you asking your customers to use their precious time because your ordering process is inefficient and not available online?


Sell Workflows That Result in Printed Artifacts (Premium Content)

Print is an artifact of a business process/workflow. You should get very curious about the overall workflow so that you can provide more value than just the print. This is the path to embedding your services with a customer and increasing the areas where you can add value.


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.


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News

InkRouter Proves Collaboration Grows Print Industry at Print 17

Crawford Technologies to Co-sponsor and Speak at Xplor Eastern Canada’s Document Derby

Global Graphics Optimizes Productivity for New Durst Label Workflow 

Wasatch Computer Technology Releases SoftRIP Version 7.5

Infigo Software and Tharstern’s world-first software development hits the mark at Print 17

locr to highlight geomarketing at SHSMD Connections 2017

Messagepoint Inc. Named to PROFIT 500 Ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies for Second Year in a Row

Crawford Technologies Named to the 2017 Annual PROFIT 500 Rankings of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Esko Delivers on Promise to Transform Yuncheng Press Matching Results

GMC Software One of Three Companies Rebranding as Quadient

Canon Solutions America Announces Partnership with OneVision Software

Tilia Labs Unleashes tilia Phoenix 6.0: Imposition AI

EFI Has McCormick Place's ‘Must See' Portfolio of New Automation and Production Innovations at Print 2017

New Large Scale Estimating module now available from arifiQ

Messagepoint, Inc. Highlights Benefits of Award-Winning Messagepoint at PRINT 17

Canon U.S.A. Advances PRISMAsync Color Print Server in Version 5.2

Crawford Technologies’ New TurboFlow Speeds File Prep for Postal Optimization

SmartSoft to Demonstrate New PressWise Print MIS Features at Print ‘17

DALIM SOFTWARE is a Lead Sponsor at Henry Stewart DAM Chicago 2017 conference

PrintReleaf Partnering with EFI on Paper Usage and Reforestation Service for Printing Companies

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Video

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: 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.

 

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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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