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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

Embrace the Stupid (Premium Content)

You can call it change management, I prefer the wise words of Seth Godin – change requires you to embrace stupid. Our market requires all of us to keep learning, “the pre-learning state is stupidity.”


What Makes Print Ecommerce Weird? (Premium Content)

Selling print online requires knowledge of how to both accept artwork and deliver print assets to the manufacturing facility. Generic ecommerce firms don’t understand this which can cause printers to spend their time and money educating resources about what makes print ecommerce unique.


With Software Changes Maximize Learning, Avoid Fear

Mistakes are part of our lives and our businesses. Nobody likes to make them, how you react to your mistakes dictates what kind of business culture you’ll create. Software changes are an excellent environment to create a learning culture and avoid a fear based culture.


Software Features are Trees - See the Forest

Step back and regroup. Stop looking at features and focus on the overall business objectives of your software solutions. All of us (vendors and printers) need to get out of the feature focus so we can make better software decisions AND make the software we have work better for us in spite of the lacking features.


Assumptions Are the Enemy of Good Software Decisions (Premium Content)

When both parties in the print software sales process make assumptions, poor decisions are made. Money is wasted. Time is squandered. Replace assumptions with clarifying questions so you come to a common understanding of the truth.


Preparing Questions for User Conferences – Dscoop 2017

User conferences are an incredible opportunity to load up on learning from the speakers, the vendors, and most importantly your peers. With Dscoop next week, this article covers the importance of the well-formed, thought out questions that can help you get the most out of events by preparing and focusing on your learning goals before you arrive!


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News

Alliance Franchise Brands Adds Aleyant tFLOW to its WorkStream Technology Package

Agfa Apogee gains Ghent Workgroup PDF preflight certification

Avanti Slingshot: First Print MIS to Integrate with MarcomCentral’s JobDirect Plus

ASTMH online platform launches on Ingenta CMS GO! just 3 months after starting implementation

New vjoon K4 Version, Integrated with Twixl Publisher

Roland DGA Releases Roland PrintStudio by Caldera – the Latest Version of the Mac OS RIP

Racami, LLC. Introduces New Premier Partner

Racami, LLC. Introduces New Brand

Onevision Further Increases Automation Levels in Prepress Processes With New Features

Schneider Electric Leverages Canon’s PRISMAdirect and PRISMAprepare Solutions as Workflow Platform to Help Transform its In-Plant Operations

Enfocus announces PitStop 2017

GMC Software Makes Continuing Investment in CCM and Customer Experience Education

Wallace Carlson Pursues Significant Automation Gains with EFI Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP Workflow 

Onevision Presents New Software for Optimizing Workflows of Label Printers at Xeikon Café

Wallace Carlson Pursues Significant Automation Gains with EFI Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP Workflow

Tharstern to show latest MIS developments 

Roland DG Announces New ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 RIP Software for Texart Dye-Sublimation Transfer Printers

Prinova Corp. Announces Name Change to Messagepoint Inc.

Avanti Announces Integration of its Flagship Avanti Slingshot solution with Catfish from Infigo Software 

IWCO Direct Reports High Satisfaction with GMC Inspire

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Video

Video preview: New Software Technology Introduced to a Printer

New Software Technology Introduced to a Printer

Published: March 30, 2017

When new technology is introduced into a printer the success of it really depends on how your people engage (or don't engage) with the software. The success is way more dependent on your team than it is on vendor. You have to learn the software and then strategically apply it to your business.

 

Video preview: The Importance of a Good Web-to-Print Demo Site

The Importance of a Good Web-to-Print Demo Site

Published: March 23, 2017

Demonstrating your web-to-print solution is critical to your sales process. Use your demonstration site to configure all the bells and whistles of your solution so you never have to say, "we support that feature but its not configured on this site."

 

Video preview: The Software Technology Stack of Your Print Business

The Software Technology Stack of Your Print Business

Published: March 16, 2017

our print software is as important as your print manufacturing equipment. Software enables you to get to new customers and automate your workflows to enable you to do more with less effort. Software is becoming your most strategic resource.

 

Video preview: The Two Parallel Workflows of Your Print Business

The Two Parallel Workflows of Your Print Business

Published: March 9, 2017

Your print business runs on two parallel paths (workflows), a product path and a business path. The production path results in a "physical product" that is shipped to your customer, the business path results in an accurate invoice that is delivered to your customer. Looking at your business in this manner can help you understand the roles of your Print MIS and your Production Management software tools.

 

Video preview: Why a Fully-Implemented MIS Is Important to the Success of Your Company

Why a Fully-Implemented MIS Is Important to the Success of Your Company

Published: March 8, 2017

Jim Tomblinson has done a great job at Modern Litho as VP of Operations as the company has moved to automate operations and make the customer experience exceptional. An effective MIS system is key to their efforts -- and yours. Hear what Jim has to say about the importance of fully implementing your MIS.

 

Video preview: Self-Service Access to Your Print Business

Self-Service Access to Your Print Business

Published: March 2, 2017

Across all markets, customer's demand for self-service access to business transactions is growing. Customer convenience trumps full-service. A self-service interaction gives the customer full control of when they want to interact.

 

Video preview: Fall in Love with Your Customer's Problems

Fall in Love with Your Customer's Problems

Published: February 2, 2017

Our market demands you to be more consultative with your customers so you can extend your value proposition beyond a commodity manufacturer. The best way to be a good consultant is to understand your customer's challenges. You have to dive in and fall in love with your customer's problems in order to build up that trusted partnership that is immune to competitive pricing pressures.

 

Video preview: Modern Litho Leverages Workflow Automation and MIS to Spur Growth

Modern Litho Leverages Workflow Automation and MIS to Spur Growth

Published: January 30, 2017

Jim Tomblinson, VP of Operations at Jefferson City MO based Modern Litho led his company's very successful efforts to modernize and streamline the company's workflow, significantly enhancing the customer experience. He talks about the value of a scalable workflow in an environment of growth through acquisitions and organically. His hands-on experience provides good insight for his industry peers.

 

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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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