Posts tagged: on demand

A New Breed of Print Production Workflow

Ryan McAbee
 Feb 5, 2015

A new class of production workflows, which we refer to as “compact workflows,” received attention in 2014 and should gain traction with customers this year. Unlike existing workflows for digital printing, compact workflows incorporate aspects of online ordering, print management, production workflow, output management Read more »

Death of a Tradeshow

Jeff Hayes
 Jun 15, 2012

With quiet nostalgia and a sense of forlorn, on Wednesday June 13, 2012 I entered the Jacob Javits Center in New York City where the On Demand Printing & Publishing Exposition and Conference was first held 18 years ago. Back then the Javits Center was the new hot convention space and On Demand was fortunate to secure a spot at this lucrative location. As I entered the show this year, I noted the irony of the Javits Center going through a major renovation while On Demand was a shadow of itself.

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Pulling Out of the Crisis: High-End Production Placements Drive Future Digital Printing Volumes

Ralf Schlozer
 Apr 8, 2011

Each year at the end of March, InfoTrends publishes its production digital printing hardware placement and market share numbers for the previous year. It always takes a while to gather data from all the vendors involved; structure, verify, and input the data into our database; and create pivot tables so that the data can be easily viewed and segmented. Even for us analysts who are involved in the market pretty much every day of the year, it is exciting to see the final results. We also collect data on a quarterly basis, but in the same way that the show isn’t over until the fat lady sings, the year isn’t over until quarter four placements arrive. Even after the placement numbers come in, it’s a lot of work to ensure that every placement is correctly accounted for in the end.

After a dismal year for digital production printing system sales in 2009, 2010 proved to be better than expected. Particularly after a weak start in 2010, many expected the crisis to linger a bit longer. Negative news about the economy, like troubles with the Euro and a rising U.S, deficit, seemed to confirm that view. The demand for print usually trails the economic cycle to some extent, and print service providers tend to invest only after the outlook has brightened. In 2010, however, at least some print service providers were more proactive and invested in new opportunities. Read more »

ON DEMAND 2011: A Look at Software Trends

Other Posts
 Mar 28, 2011

ON DEMAND 2011 and info360 (formerly the AIIM event) wrapped up last week in Washington, DC at the Walter E. Conference Center. With the shows being co-located, acquisitions in the software space, and enterprise and production becoming more closely associated, ON DEMAND attendees appeared to spend time on both sides of the show floor (exploring the broader scope of software solutions currently available). While these lines continue to blur, there were a number of relevant announcements and developments at ON DEMAND pointing toward distinct trends in production software. Read more »

On Demand Printing, Bankruptcy, and iPads – Irony and Innovation

Jeff Hayes
 Feb 16, 2011

Yesterday, Xerox announced that it is ready to ship its Espresso Book Machine which can print books on demand at retail locations like your corner book store. Today, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, Borders Group — the second largest U.S. chain of retail book stores — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Are these two items related? Probably not, but I see some irony in the timing of the announcements.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Espresso Book Machine is supposed to be a liberator of content, a new revenue stream for traditional brick & mortar bookstores, a solution for the busy consumer that wants a hard copy book. Just install one of these machines and watch the customers come in and print their own books on demand. Xerox proclaims, “Self-publishers can print their latest manuscripts at the corner bookstore, classical books are now available for purchase on demand at libraries, cruise-goers can leave their books at home and print reading materials on the ship.”

The reality is that the number of bookstores has been dropping steadily as buyers shift to on-line purchasing through Amazon.com and other sites.  Why? e-Commerce is a more efficient business model with a better value proposition for most consumers. Read more »

Niiu, the First Individualised Printed Newspaper, Ceases Production

Ralf Schlozer
 Jan 21, 2011

Niiu, the first and most high-profile individualised printed newspaper, ceased printing and distributing its newspaper. I covered the first steps of niiu almost exactly one year ago in two blog posts (available at The personalised newspaper is here and The personalised newspaper followe up) .
On 19 January 2011, Inter-Ti, the publisher of the niiu, stopped printing and distributing the newspaper. Niiu’s e-paper issue also ceased publication. According to Inter-Ti, the primary reasons for ceasing production included the failure to attract sufficient subscribers and the high cost of distribution. Niiu’s publishers set themselves a target of 5,000 subscribers, but they missed this goal.

It is sad to see the trial end, although it is not entirely unexpected for the first attempt to change a paradigm. I felt there were several shortcomings in the implementation, primarily in the composition process of the personalised paper (e.g., missing content, too little possibilities to fine-tune content, breaking of articles across pages, not enough content personalisation options, and no personalisation of ads. Sadly, I did not have the opportunity to check whether these challenges had been overcome until now.

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Bad News for Independent Book Stores

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 2, 2011

In December the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article called “Local bookstores fall to ‘e-book revolution’” about how the combined impact of the economy and the Internet had resulted in the recent closing of four independent book stores in Minnesota. Probably the most depressing aspect in an overall depressing story was the following quote from a representative from one of the bookstores who said, “We’re really now a showroom for books.” What she means is that after browsing in the store, most people then either go home and buy the book on-line or avoid the print version of the book entirely and purchase the e-book. Read more »

HP Installs at Rotolito Lombarda – Pushing the Envelope of Digital Colour Books

Ralf Schlozer
 Nov 29, 2010

The high-speed colour inkjet market remains very dynamic. Over the past several months, we have seen a number of product introductions and new installations. To this end, HP recently organised a publishing innovation event at Rotolito Lombarda in Milan to present the first full colour inkjet web press installation in Europe to members of the press and to discuss its Inkjet Web Press strategy.

To date, HP has announced 21 installations of full colour Inkjet Web Presses on a global basis (a total of 42 engines). In addition to Rotolito, these installations include beta sites such as the T200 and T350 at O’Neil and the IntelliJet installations from Pitney Bowes. A total of 13 installations were designed for book printing, while most of the remainder involve direct mail applications. All installations have occurred in the U.S. or Western Europe thus far, but an Asia-Pacific site is set to join in soon.

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How to Avoid Having a Lousy Press Event

Jim Hamilton
 Jun 9, 2010

Two recent trade shows, ON DEMAND and IPEX, are now behind us and as a printing industry market analyst I have been exposed to a lot of pre-show briefings and press conferences over the past couple of months (not to mention literally hundreds of such events over many years). Some have been good, but a surprising number have been terrible. Here are some of the major issues I’ve seen along with some suggestions for how they could be improved:

  • Too short/too little information — I’ve been in on two recent press events where the presenters rushed through a 10 minute presentation, glossing over key details of some very big announcements, and then opened up for questions & answers. Remedy: If you are going to all of the effort of inviting press and analysts to this type of event, whether in person or on a conference call, you’ve got a captive audience. Take advantage of it! Journalists and analysts expect to sit for half an hour at least. Use the time well.
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Thought Leadership and Books

Jim Hamilton
 Jun 1, 2010

On a regular basis Xerox invites customers and prospects to the Gil Hatch Center for Customer Innovation in Webster, New York to explore a given topic. They call these events Thought Leadership Workshops and there are usually about thirty to fifty attendees who in addition to getting the opportunity to hear speakers talk about the market, also benefit from seeing Xerox technologies first hand. Another benefit is that each of these attendees brings an added dimension of market experience to the workshop that they share with the group in interactions over the course of the event. I believe that these interactions are key aspect of the overall experience.

So I was delighted to be invited by Xerox to speak at a Thought Leadership Workshop on “The Changing Book Publishing Model” that took place recently. My job was to provide an update on current trends in digital printing at an evening event at Artisan Works, a remarkable non-profit Rochester institution that provides studio space and supports artists through a range of community activities while also providing one of the most unique venues for corporate entertainment that I have ever seen. In my talk I spent 45 minutes going over recent technology developments, providing some baseline definitions, tracking the history of digital book printing, and looking at some examples of how books are becoming more interactive.

Event at Artisan Works, Courtesy of Xerox Corporation

Event at Artisan Works, Photo courtesy of Xerox Corporation

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