From digital storefronts, to workflow, to hardware, modern print production systems now support the ability to monitor the state of system. We now have a tremendous amount of data at our fingertips. Using modern observability techniques, we can use data from software and hardware to make business and operation decisions that create better buying experiences for our customers and make production efficient and more profitable.
From the halls of MIT to the command lines of Silicon Valley, observability has morphed to include tools and techniques that take system monitoring, such as how long a process takes to complete, exceptions, errors and failures, to a new level that creates a single source of truth and instrumentation to provide actionable insights and business intelligence.
Jon Bailey, CEO of UK-based Proco and Dscoop board member, talks about the evolution of Dscoop from a US event to a series of worldwide events and now an online community via the new Dscoop.com platform.
Chris Reine, Indigo operator/engineer at Franklin Press, talks about a Dscoop-organized peer group for HP Indigo operators called "Operator Saturday." The program brings together operators of HP Indigo presses for a long weekend of knowledge sharing, education, and networking.
Charles Ohiaeri, Chief Fulfillment Officer with Zazzle and Dscoop board member, talks about the new Dscoop Academia Program. The program's goal is to bring college students, professors, and printing companies together to develop skills, foster new talent, and provide opportunities for collaboration between industry and academia.
Laura DiSciullo, SVP of Marketing and Product Management at GS1 US talks about the history of GS1, they created the UPC barcode, and barcode and digital watermarks technology that is enabling active and intelligent packaging.
Idealliance and Konica Minolta recently teamed up with Spectrum Printing in Tucson, AZ to bring the G7 Master Facility Qualification to the printing company's offset and digital pressroom. Ken Huizenga, Production Manager at Spectrum Printing, discusses the impact G7 has had on their ability to secure clients who were frustrated with other printer's inability to match color across jobs and production equipment.
Larry Logan, Chief Evangelist at Digimarc Corporation, provides an update on the state of the art in digital watermarking, active and intelligent packaging, and new opportunities for customer engagement with packaging.
Jean-Charles Morisseau, Chairman of global design and pre-media agency Diadeis talks about packaging trends affecting brand owners and packaging artwork teams including consolidation of processes and suppliers, and packaging driving e-commerce content creation.
Jim Raffel, CEO of ColorMetrix, shares insight into what he's seeing in the industry with the continued adoption of Idealliance's G7 as a method to provide common visual appearance across various print processes including industrial print applications.
Steve Portrude, President and CEO at Harwill Express Press, promotes the benefits of being an Idealliance member and the value printing company executives receive by attending its annual Experience Conference.
Patrick Foley, Senior Vice President Operations at Merrill Corporation talks to WhatTheyThink about being an early adopter of the Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed production inkjet platform. Patrick shares how the platform fits Merrill's business.
A company called High Quality Printing Inventions, LLC, is using a patent initially granted to Moore (now R.R. Donnelley) to file patent infringement lawsuits in the U.S. District Courts in a litigation campaign against several printing companies using common web-to-print functionality.
A few weeks ago at the RIT CMIC Summit we had a chance to catch up with Jon Budington, CEO of Global Printing and Global Thinking. Jon told us about launching Global Thinking to provide web and marketing services to its clients and introduces the next phase in its business as looks it to focus on cross-media information delivery.
The week before Graph Expo, I was invited to Océ's Global Commercial Printing Business Days at its Customer Experience Center in Poing, Germany. This event include in printing company executives, press, and analysts from all over the world for a preview of Océ's new and upcoming products as well as insight into its market strategy. It also served as the launch for the ImageStream 3500 production inkjet system that Océ unveiled in May.
Canon has made a breakthrough in production inkjet printing with the announcement of the Oce ImageStream platform. This new production inkjet system can print on any paper including coated papers without requiring separate paper treatment with a primer or bonding agent. This development provides Canon with a production inkjet platform to handle commercial print applications including books, magazines, and high-quality direct mail.
Circulation revenue for U.S. newspapers recorded a second consecutive year of growth, rising 3.7% to $10.87 billion in 2013 according to figures released by the Newspaper Association of America. Total revenue was $37.59 billion in 2013, a loss of 2.6 percent over 2012.
Last year Unisource approached WhatTheyThink to collaborate on a survey of digital printers to identify quality concerns and production challenges in day-to-day operation faced by owners of toner-based digital printing equipment.
“HP has decided not to participate in Ipex 2014, as we are shifting our marketing and sales focus to more local and application-specific events, as well as to customer business-development programs such as Dscoop-sponsored events that help our customers profitably grow their businesses.”
How are women faring professionally in the printing, publishing and graphic communication industry today? That is a question Dr. Twyla Cummings, Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at RIT has studied over the past 11 years.
An article published in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle is getting a lot of buzz at drupa this morning. The paper published comments from an internal memo Kodak co-President Philip Faraci sent company-wide on the company’s success at drupa.
Last week fourteen companies gave a preview of what they will bring to drupa 2012 during a series of media briefings at a conference center on the trade fair grounds of Messe Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany.
A new study released by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project takes a look at “Americans and their gadgets.” The 15 page report (PDF here) identifies key appliances of the information age: laptops, cell phones, tablet computers (like the iPad) and e-book readers (such as the Kindle) , game consoles, and MP3 players and who is using them.
The Internal Revenue Service plans to stop mailing paper income tax forms. The IRS cites (PDF) continued growth in electronic filing and cost cutting for the change. According to the IRS nearly 100 Million people prepared and filed their taxes electronically in 2009.
The Washington Post reports the change will save the agency $10 million a year in printing and postage costs.
J.C. Penney continues its shift to electronic media with plans to quit is traditional catalog business in favor of e-commerce and retail store sales. This announcement comes the company discontinued its “Big Book” catalogs last Fall.
The U.S. Postal Service has proposed increasing the prices to help close a projected $7 billion budget shortfall in 2011 Fiscal Year. Under the proposal the cost of a First-Class stamp 2 cents to 46 cents. Periodicals will see an 8 percent increase, catalogs rates will increase 5.1 percent and Standard Mail will see a 23 percent increase.
Reed Business Information is retaining ownership of Graphics Arts Monthly, Graphic Arts Blue Book, and Converting. RBI plans to use the subscription list from these titles to generate leads through the company's business-to-business marketing unit Mardev-DM2.
Pazazz Printing has filed a Notice of Intention to restructure the company under Canada’s Companies Creditors Arrangement Act. President Warren Werbitt says, “Pazazz file a Notice of Intention to preserve and maximize the value of the business.”
MLP USA has announced that the company will not be exhibiting at Graph Expo 2010. MLP USA will instead pursue an alternative program this year for marketing to printers who either attend or don’t attend the show.
GASC informed WhatTheyThink that Heidelberg will not be at Graph Expo 2010. Komori has also indicated they are passing on the show. The trade show floor is an indicator of where the market is going. Innovation and advancement in offset technology is leveling off, while digital printing is rapidly evolving.
Penton Media announced today that it will restructure through a pre-packaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. The trade publisher has reached an agreement with its lenders that is expected to eliminate $270 million in debt.
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