Jan 20, 2012
According to Wikipedia, synchronicity “is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance and that are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner.” Synchronicity came to mind this week for the peculiar timing of my business travel destinations. The first part of my week was occupied by the Konica Minolta dealer meeting where the keynote speaker was Tony Hsieh of Zappos. Can you imagine his dilemma? The day before he was supposed to give his speech, his company’s customer data was breached by hackers. I’m sure that many CEOs would have opted out, said “I can’t do it, I’m sure you understand.” To his credit he came through, doing the keynote between damage-control sessions with his employees, a press conference, and presumably stern calls from Amazon, the company that purchased Zappos in 2009.
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May 28, 2009
Last week I had the opportunity to attend Kodak’s Graphic Users Association Conference at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida. For those that may be unfamiliar, the 5,500-member Graphic Users Association, more commonly referred to as GUA, is a users group for Kodak software and hardware owners. Anyone who buys at least one piece of Kodak software or hardware is able to join GUA and get access to its online forums to interact with other Kodak users, as well as the opportunity to attend the annual conference. GUA operates fairly indepedently from Kodak, but still has Kodak representatives on its board to coordinate contact between Kodak and GUA, as well as to help coordinate the conference.
This year’s overarching theme of the conference was “Efficiency Revealed”, focusing on how print service providers can utilize production workflow solutions and integration to automate their print shop, increase efficiency, improve turnaround time, and ultimately decrease costs on jobs. Kodak’s Prinergy and InSite product lines that make up Kodak’s Unified Workflow portfolio were highlighted often in various sessions. Workflow topics ranged from utilizing Prinergy’s Rules-Based Automation (RBA) functionality to setting up a business plan for integrated a workflow with MIS. There was also a full software lab available, where users could test out new and upcoming software, as well as troubleshoot issues with files or applications.
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