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Cory Sawatzki of Consolidated Graphics on important takeaways from PODi's AppForum

Published on February 3, 2011

Consolidated Graphics' Director of Operations Technology Cory Sawatzki shares the lessons he's learning at the AppForum in Las Vegas. The top takeaway for him has been the importance of training and maintaining a skilled workforce.

Hi, I’m Cory Sawatzki. I’m with Consolidated Graphics out of Houston Texas.  I’m the director of operations technology.  Here at the PODI AppForum in Las Vegas and having a good time; lots of lots of interesting things.  I think, you know, I came here basically to see what everybody else was talking about in the digital realm, data management, asset management, data mining, digital print, cross media and that’s all kind of represented here.  I’ve seen a number of the speakers so far and one of the areas that seems really intriguingly important that I really haven’t heard so much before is training.  I’m hearing everybody talk about train, teach your people.  I don’t know if it has more to do with, you know, turnover because of the economy or maybe it’s just people are just recognizing the power of the single employee who understands what they’re doing.  They even understand multiple areas and can be, you know, multi-task.  But what we’re finding is and I think, I think it makes sense is that teach your people well and then you go on to the next thing and I think that that’s something people are starting to realize.  Digital print is becoming stable enough, the technologies are becoming stable and therefore when you teach somebody how to do something it stays relevant. 

So I suppose, I mean leaving here I have to stick with that.  I really agree with the fact that you should try to keep your people, train them well, teach them how to do what they need to do and listen, you know.  If the learning isn’t a one way street, you know.  II you’re going to teach somebody something, you better be willing to learn yourself because it’s going to come back and you’re going to be able to teach better by knowing more of what’s going on in the field and from your people.

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