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EFI PrinterSite Exchange to Integrate with Logic MIS System

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO - Print 05 - Sept. 12, 2005 - EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, is debuting the integration of its PrinterSite Exchange web-to-print solution with the industry-leading EFI Logic SQL print management system at Print 05, taking place through Sept. 15th. The integration, which is provided by a new MIS Connector in PrinterSite Exchange, lets printer's customers submit jobs from the popular web application, and then enables the printing plant to manage the planning, production, scheduling, invoicing and accounting of those jobs from within the Logic MIS environment. Now, business management information that would normally be entered into a print MIS or accounting system is captured automatically upstream - at the order entry point, through customer input to the user-friendly website provided by PrinterSite Exchange - eliminating time-consuming data entry into the MIS, along with the possibility of costly errors. On the back end, production planning and scheduling, invoicing, accounting and job management takes place in the printe's familiar EFI MIS system. The addition of MIS integration to PrinterSite Exchange's existing workflow integration (which provides the ability for content and JDF-based job tickets to flow automatically into production), results in incremental, immediately recognizable cost-saving-by eliminating estimating for many jobs, by eliminating re-keying into business management systems, and by streamlining content and commerce functions. PrinterSite Exchange captures job instructions and customer order details electronically via the easy-to-use online interface. Once the order is submitted, the data goes directly into Logic SQL. Printers get the benefits of customer-supplied data entering the MIS system, but via a monitored "on ramp" they control. The result is a truly end-to-end solution from order capture through invoicing. Once the job enters the production workflow at the printing plant, printers can configure how much visibility they want to give customers into their workflow. Status codes can be filtered or mapped to show a subset of all the potential status changes that can happen within the Print MIS system. The solution enables printers to evolve the delivery of Order Status from a reactive approach (customer calls the print facility) to a proactive approach (customer configures e-mail alerts, web enabled job tracking, etc.). "PrinterSite Exchange has two primary missions: first, to make it easier for customers to do business with printers via the web, and second, to streamline business and production tasks in the printing operation," said Chuck Gehman, EFI Director of Product Marketing. "The combination of these two very popular systems, with the seamless integration of the MIS Connector, achieves both of those goals and is really more than the sum of the parts. The result is happier customers and more profitable jobs." The integration of PrinterSite Exchange and Logic has been beta tested over the past year. The functionality will be available to all Logic customers in Q4 2005; integration with Hagen OA and PSI will be available in Q1 2006. For more information please visit EFI at booth 8315 at Print 05 or contact 800-875-7117.