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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

The Role of a Product Owner in Print Software (Premium Content)

Every industry has different roles, in the software industry there is a role called the “Product Owner” also referred to as the “Product Manager”. First, I’ll explain this unique role in the software industry; then I’ll make a case that as print continues to evolve and become more digitally friendly and software dependent printers are going to have to have this role in their organizations.


Print Business Differentiation (Premium Content)

What makes your print business unique? This is a question every print business should ponder over the new year. In 2018 how will you guide your company to create differentiation? Will it be based on the past or the reality of our shared future?


How to Simplify Print MIS Implementations (Premium Content)

Print MIS implementations are complex, they touch every corner of your business. It is critical that you actively looks for ways to simplify the project in order to increase your chances of success.


The Customer’s Perspective of Web-to-Print (Premium Content)

I’ve been interacting with a lot of customers of web-to-print lately (the people who order from web-to-print, not the printers). In every single interaction I learn something new.


My Evolving Opinions on Project Management (Premium Content)

Creating results in your company takes coordinated effort by a group of people – some would call that a “project”. Project management is the art of keeping all the contributors to the project on task “herding the cats.” This skill set and this role is underappreciated in our industry. When you need to get complex things done with a group of people – you need a project manager to drive the project to successful completion.


Print Software Investments Have to Fit into Your Technology Stack (Premium Content)

When you buy print software for your business, it needs to “fit” into the technology stack you already have. This means that it solves challenges you cannot solve with your existing software and it will fit with the other pieces of your technology.


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News

DALIM Software Launches DALIM ES 5.5 Media Production Platform

Pitney Bowes Announces Global Hackathon Winners

QIPC Continues to Expand in India

Messagepoint Inc. Announces Reseller Agreement with Canon Solutions America Inc.

SGK Teams Up With Hybrid Software for Strategic Native PDF Project

PDF Camp Las Vegas Will Put callas pdfToolbox & Aleyant tFLOW Into Practice

Nuance Communications’ Power PDF Now Available on Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace

Virtual Systems and TEC Mailing Solutions Collaborate On First Integrated Cloud-Based MIS and Postal Solution

GMG to Offer Its Breadth of Expertise at the 2018 Color Conference

Packaging Prepress Provider CSW, Inc. Announces New Leadership for 2018

Webster University Partners with Adobe to Empower Students with New Creativity and Communication Tools

Kuwait’s Albumii Adds Taopix Online

Virtual Systems Releases Powerful Print and Mail MIS Midnight v. 6.0

Tilia Labs partners with Aleyant for ‘lights out’ web-to-print efficiency

Crawford Technologies Releases Digital Transform Engine 4.6

Tharstern ticks all boxes to help District Photo with new print business launch

Northern Ohio Printing Installs the First Prinect Production Manager in the U.S.

Adobe Achieves Pay Parity in U.S.

EFI and Xerox Elevate Workgroup Printing with Fiery Server for Xerox AltaLink C8000 Color Multifunction Printers

TPI Holds a Winning Hand with Quadient Inspire and Ignite

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Video

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: 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.

 

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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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