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Print MIS Basics Webinar on WhatTheyThink Draws Large Audience

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May 9, 2005 -- Lexington , KY. -- In a free Webinar hosted by WhatTheyThink.com, the printing industry’s leading source of news and information, WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne conducted an educational briefing on key issues to consider when selecting a Print MIS solution. Sherburne was joined by Ted Hagler, Director of Manufacturing & QA for Papa John’s International, a long-time print MIS user and advocate, who shared his real-world results and best practices relative to Print MIS. Nearly 350 senior printing executives from around the world registered for this event, which was sponsored by EFI. The audio of the Webinar and PDF of the presentation are available online: http://members.whattheythink.com/home/webinar050504.cfm “In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive world of business communications,” said Sherburne, “printers must seek ways to make their operations more efficient in order to keep costs in line. Print MIS solutions are the methodology that allows accurate, real-time data collection and reporting—and represent the only way printers can hope to stay ahead of the curve from a business management perspective.” Papa John’s Hagler was selected as co-presenter in this important industry event due to the unique nature of his business—an in-plant print shop which also functions as a commercial print operation, with 35% of revenues attributable to work brought in from the outside. Hagler discussed how his company uses data collected by his Print MIS solution to continuously improve the operation. He says, “The real competitive edge in print manufacturing is not just the newest press. It is the process. The better and more cost effective your process is, the better you will be able to grow—profitably.” Hagler asserted that a business management system needs to be the number one investment for any printing operation. He adds, “If you don’t know what your numbers are, you don’t know how to get where you need to be. When we get to the end of the month on a P&L, we are not guessing whether or not we made money. We know.” As part of the program, EFI, the sponsor of the event, invited attendees to download the newest in its educational ABC’s series, the ABC’s of Print MIS, which was available for the first time as part of this program. This publication is now available for general downloading at www.efi.com. The presentation, including audio, can be accessed at no charge by visiting http://members.whattheythink.com/home/webinar050504.cfm Watch for future WhatTheyThink educational webinars through the balance of the year. About EFI EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing. EFI's award-winning technologies offer document management tools from creation to print, including high fidelity color and black and white Fiery print servers that can output up to 2000 ppm; powerful production workflow and print management information software solutions for increased performance and cost efficiency; and an array of business-critical enterprise and mobile printing solutions. EFI maintains 22 offices worldwide. About WhatTheyThink.com WhatTheyThink.com is the print and publishing industry's leading online community. The company offers a mixture of free and subscription-based content for industry executives. Additionally, WhatTheyThink.com provides a robust content syndication program serving related web sites. About Cary Sherburne Cary Sherburne is a well-known journalist, author and strategic marketing consultant working primarily with the printing and publishing industry. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Ms. Sherburne was the Vice President of Marketing Communications and Outsourcing Solutions at IKON Office Solutions. Her tenure in the printing and publishing industry has also included sales, marketing and management roles at InfoTrends/CAP Ventures, Xerox Corporation, Indigo America and Bitstream. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, a regular contributor to WhatTheyThink.com and has written three books, available through the National Association for Printing Leadership. Sherburne can be reached at [email protected] or www.SherburneAssociates.com.