Envision Graphics Comments on Successful Use of EFI Logic Management System
Press release from the issuing company
Foster City, Calif. - July 13, 2004 - EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced that Envision Graphics, a commercial sheetfed printer based in Bensenville, Illinois, is using the EFI Logic SQL* management information system to increase productivity and reduce labor costs.
Logic SQL combines end-to-end integration of the print production process with a powerful set of data collection tools, designed for printing operations with a mix of web, sheetfed and/or specialty processes. Logic applications cover every business function, from estimating to billing, order entry to shipping, purchasing, inventory control, finished goods, accounting and more.
Envision Graphics, whose clients include a broad range of companies from brokers to manufacturers to commercial end users, has implemented Logic for purchasing, shipping, job costing, accounting, invoicing and time cards, and plans to implement the estimating module soon. Laura Moses, Controller
for the company, has been impressed by the accounting module and its integration with the print management system since the company went live with Logic in September 2003.
"All the bells and whistles are on the print side, so I didn't expect much from the accounting system," she said. "But, surprisingly, I have found the general ledger module to be good, and very versatile. The system is extremely flexible - generally, there are a couple of different ways to do things, and you can choose the best way for your business."
"Our last print management system didn't have an accounting module, so we had to use a third-party accounting package, and that entailed double work," Moses continues. "We invoiced out of the print management system but had accounts receivable in the accounting package. Likewise, we were forced to issue purchase orders out of the print management system, but had accounts payable in the accounting program. You lose important control features this way. Now we simply get better information and it's all in one place."
EFI Logic includes extensive integration between the management and accounting modules. Examples include a real-time credit check at order entry, automated invoice updates for alteration and shipping information, and an overall job costings process that updates accounting files from estimating through order entry, purchasing and delivery. Moses says, "Logic has also provided us with better procedures and more safeguard features such as the Approve function in accounts payable. We are already getting better information using less labor hours and as we implement more modules, there will additional savings."
In addition, Moses is a fan of Logic's ability to locate information quickly. "With our old system, we often had a hard time finding things. Logic's searching features are very good, and that has resulted in better productivity."
Above all, Moses has been impressed with the Logic support team. "We have worked closely with the Logic support team, and they are very knowledgeable not only with the Logic software but in other areas such as SQL, Crystal reports and the accounting and print processes. I know I can count on the team, as well as attending EFI events, to learn the latest training and tips for our system."
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