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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

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.


Leading Technology Change (Premium Content)

Change management is considered a soft skill (maybe because it can’t be measured easily in a spreadsheet). Change management can cause a lot of hard problems with technology change when it ignored.


Strategy vs. Tactics in Print Software Projects (Premium Content)

A print software strategy is a definition of where you want to end up – an objective, a goal for how you want all the software components in your business to work together.


Does This Print Software Fit into Your Technology Stack?

There is no “one software package” that runs your entire business. Businesses of all sizes have a technology stack (a collection of software). How well your technology stack fits together (like a beautiful puzzle) greatly determines your success in today’s market.


Clear Communication with Print Software

Clear communication is essential when implementing print software. When you don’t ask clarifying questions, you assume that if there were more relevant details about the integration they would have shared them with you. Do not assume. Ask clarifying questions. Be that annoying person who keeps asking questions.


Excel, PDFs, Paper, and More People (automation-less) (Premium Content)

We apply tools from our toolset to solve business challenges, often those tools create silos of data and processes inside our company that prevent us from becoming a truly data-driven organization.


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News

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

Esko awarded with two EDP Awards for technological innovation

Esko Awarded with Two EDP Awards for Technological Innovation

Avanti launches fully automated, bi-directional integration with Kodak Prinergy at Kodak GUA conference

DALIM SOFTWARE focuses on collaboration, asset management and omni-channel at recently concluded US DUO users’ meeting

Esko announces Luxion KeyShot Integration with Studio for photo-realistic rendering of packaging

Quark to Unveil Content Automation Trends Report at Information Energy 2017

Datalogics Celebrates 50 Years of Embracing Change and Providing High Quality Software

Cloud-based MWM Production Planning Tool allows Amedia Trykk to coordinate six printing plants

Crawford Technologies Introduces PRO Preference Manager at Document Strategy Forum ’17

Enfocus announces the immediate release of its new Switch PDF Review Module

Industrial Inkjet Reality Showroom: RIP & Printing Software, Color Management and Industrial Printing Solutions

GMG shows off more accessible GMG OpenColor profiles at the FTA Forum INFO*FLEX

Parksons Graphics Gains Business Synergies with Aleyant Pressero

Admore Inc. Sees Gains in Makeready After Installing IntelliLoop System

Enfocus announces immediate availability of PitStop 2017

Propago Announces Astounding Triple Digit Growth in Web-to-Print Market

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Video

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.

 

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.

 

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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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