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EFI Releases Hagen MIS Software Upgrade

Press release from the issuing company

Foster City, Calif. – August 29, 2005 – EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, is now shipping a feature-packed new upgrade to its industry-leading EFI Hagen OA management information system. In addition to JDF compatibility and a new mailing module, key improvements have been made in accounts receivables, estimating and integration with EFI add-on products. EFI Hagen OA is an enterprise level MIS solution for technology-driven printing operations of all sizes, from mid-sized commercial printers to multi-plant enterprises. Providing a robust and advanced accounting package with high-end applications for estimating, job management, scheduling, purchasing, inventory and fulfillment, Hagen OA allows users to collect, share, analyze and respond to information in real time. “EFI is dedicated to continuous improvement to ensure our customers receive the latest and most powerful MIS software solutions. This release of Hagen OA builds on the major enhancements we delivered last year, providing added efficiencies from new features and JDF compatibility along with integration to add-on products like PrinterSite Fulfillment,” said Jay Katzenberger, EFI Hagen OA product manager. The new mailing module is one of the biggest additions in version 8.5, and includes maintenance tables which allow users to create mailing specific data in the Jobs program. The mailing module can be integrated with WindowBook mailing software – the leader in postal shipping, manifesting and mailing productivity software – so that data can be seamlessly transmitted between Hagen OA and WindowBook. Suttle-Straus is one of the Midwest's premier providers of communication solutions and a long-time Hagen user. Said Ted Straus, chief operations officer, “We’re fully implemented with the new mailing module and are very pleased with the results. We replaced our homegrown mailing system which required a job ticket to be created manually. Now, the ticket is automatically created in Hagen, saving us countless hours a year and contributing to our bottom line. That’s huge when on average we send 45 million pieces of mail a year!” In addition to the mailing module, a new QuickQuote feature in the estimating module optimizes and simplifies the estimating and invoicing workflow for short run, quick turn-around printing customers. And, a new Quick Cash process has been added to the Cash Receipts program allowing for the application of cash by invoice number. Hagen OA Now CIP4 JDF-enabled Version 8.5 is the first release of Hagen OA incorporating open JDF connectivity. Hagen OA supports the ICS for both prepress and press (sheetfed) according to the specifications of the CIP4 organization promoting the JDF open standard. Additionally, Hagen OA is now optimized to work with the Fiery print controller (System 6 and higher), the world’s leading production servers for digital printing. Utilizing the JDF technology, communication between Hagen OA and other JDF enabled devices helps print businesses collect, share, analyze and respond to information in real time. Integration with EFI Add-On Modules Hagen OA 8.5 is integrated with EFI Prograph publication planning software. Prograph acts as a production planning module for the Hagen user who needs additional horsepower for planning books, catalogues, magazines and directories. This release of Hagen is also the first to support the new interface of PrinterSite Fulfillment 2.0, EFI’s web-based, client-facing module that helps printers streamline inventory management and offer value-added online fulfillment ordering services to customers. This integration enables both clients and staff to accurately track quantities and order status in real-time. For example, as orders are placed and new work is produced for clients, inventory updates from Hagen OA are reflected in the online product catalog. PrinterSite Internal provides field sales personnel and CSR’s with secure, direct access to submit quote requests and the ability to obtain job status data from Hagen OA. EFI Auto-Count and EFI PrintFlow can also be integrated with Hagen OA. Version 8.5 will be on display at Print 05, booth 8315, taking place September 9-15th at Chicago’s McCormick Place. It will be shown as a technology demonstration with the new PrinterSite Foundation Suite, an Internet-based client desktop for quote and job submission. PrinterSite Foundation will become part of Hagen OA, offering all users a powerful client-facing integration point.