Three years after the GMC acquisition, Neopost has done what it said it would do at time of the purchase— adapt the high-end GMC document composition technology as a scaled-down SaaS offering available for its many Small & Medium sized Business (SMB) customers.
Called neoPreference, and marketed by Neopost (not GMC), the solution focuses on helping SMB companies create, send and archive multi-channel communications. Through a print driver, an existing structured document such as an invoice, newsletter or statement can be submitted to the system. At time of writing, the system accepts MS Excel, MS Word, or PDF files and converts them into HTML. At this point, users (using a web-based interface ) need to identify data capture areas (see Figure 1), setup business rules or specify document enhancements just once to create the document template. Once the business rules or document enhancements have been specified and the rules are activated, each subsequent document submission will follow an automated workflow that enables document enhancements, digital signatures (for secure invoicing), multi-channel output, cloud-based archiving and tracking of electronic communications.
I think the most interesting moments at any end-user event come when the attendees talk about their success stories. At the Xerox Premier Partner Forum in Madrid (October 20-21) three success stories stood out:
Collaboration across the Atlantic – Two CEOs found each other through Premier Partners in an effort to better serve a U.S. client. Mike Peterson of Gabriel Group in St. Louis, Missouri was looking for a European partner who could provide output and other services to an existing client. He started his search by reaching out to European Premier Partners. Jeroen van Druenen of Jubels in the Netherlands responded to Mike’s request and showed that his company had the capabilities that Gabriel needed, and so they formed a partnership that has turned out to be essential in serving this $1 million account.
These are InfoTrends’s top ten trends from PRINT 13:
Who was there? Who wasn’t? Agfa’s departure from the show floor over the summer added another important company to the small cadre of vendors skipping the show (Heidelberg, Kodak, and Screen). In truth, Kodak actually did have a booth, a smallish one at the very back of the show floor, but it wasn’t what you would typically expect out of them. Of much greater importance was Kodak’s participation in others’ booths, including Konica Minolta (for Creo and Prinergy) and Adphos (for the Prosper Imprinting heads). And though the timing of Kodak’s emergence from Chapter 11 may have made a big presence unadvisable, it was nevertheless a missed opportunity to show off the new Kodak to its core audience. It is also clearly time for Kodak to name a new leader who will bring the market knowledge and vision for the next chapter in the company’s history. This has dragged on way too long.Read more »
Today, Ricoh announced that is has made a strategic investment in Avanti Systems, a leader in Print MIS for Commercial Printers and In-plants. According to Yasuhiko Hosoe, associate director and deputy general manager, Ricoh Production Printing Business Group, “The investment also speaks to our “imagine.change.” initiative — by enabling commercial and in-plant printers to streamline their businesses and seek efficiencies to lower costs, and improve their bottom line.” The deal reflects the demand for software solutions that help print service providers optimize their production capabilities through transparency and a need for digital equipment vendors to strengthen their relationship with these solutions. Read more »
Bill Taylor, co-founder of Fast Company magazine, knows a lot about innovative companies and how they operate. Here are a few of my favorite Bill Taylor lines:
The only sustainable form of business leadership is thought leadership
It’s not good enough to be pretty good at everything. The middle of the road is the road to nowhere.
Originality is the acid test of your strategy
Bill’s one-liners fit the definition of an aphorism rather nicely. (An aphorism is ‘a brief statement of a principle.’) And though I like a good aphorism, I like Bill’s view on innovative companies even more. Like the dialysis provider, DaVita, that let its employees vote on the new company name. (DaVita used to be called Total Renal Care.) Or Lexus, which built a brand new luxury brand to compete with the Cadillacs and BMWs of the world. Or Cirque du Soleil, which reinvented what a circus could be (without animals or big name acts).
It finally has a name: CiPress (pronounced like Cyprus, theÂ country, or cypress, the tree). The Ci stands for color inkjet. Last shown as a technology demonstration at the Hunkeler innovationdays, Xerox’s CiPress 500 Production Inkjet System will make its North American debut at Graph Expo where it will be shown in a single-engine duplex (SED) configuration.
Xerox CiPress 500 Production Inkjet System (single engine)