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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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The Intellectual Property Buried in Your Print Business

Every person in your business solves challenges every day with the tools they have at their disposal and the tools they are comfortable deploying. There is a rich set of intellectual property buried there which can be retrieved by listening and understanding how humans looks for ways to build trusted systems.


Avoid Common and Costly Traps of Print Software Evaluation (Premium Content)

Evaluating software is not a math problem, please don’t count the number of features and award the deal to the highest score. Print software must solve your challenges, in the order of importance to your business.


Understanding Order Entry from Your Customer’s Perspective (Premium Content)

Too many online order entry tools are discounted because the printer fails to see the value from their customer’s perspective. Don’t let your competitors use your customer experience to replace you.


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.


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News

Improved Workflow and RIP for the Oki Pro Series Range

ORIS PearlPROOF Super V GRACoL continues to lead industry migration toward GRACoL 2013-based profiles

Expanded Digital Partnerships with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 8.1 Provide Ultimate Flexibility

Infigo Software announce Enfocus OEM partnership that delivers game-changing automation efficiencies 

Quark Acquired by Parallax Capital Partners to Support Accelerated Growth

ONYX Hub software brings business intelligence to wide format

Evan Engesether rejoins CGS as Central Regional Sales Manager

Onyx Graphics releases ONYX 12.2 software

Customer vision helps shape Tharstern MIS

Infigo Software announce strategic partnership with Trustpilot reflecting its commitment to client success

Mediaclip Partners with Flipnix Solutions on Printed Product Sales Solution

Tharstern MIS a big plus for Smart Graphics

Cenveo Announces Kadena 2.0

OneVision Releases Workflow Management Suite Workspace 17.1

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

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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.

 

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?

 

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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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