Jul 19, 2016
Most companies that have a printing operation believe that they have a workflow process. In-plant departments, packaging converters, direct mail providers, commercial printers, sign shops and transaction producers all know that to keep the business running they must identify each job, break it down into components, and track it through their organization until it is delivered to the end client. That makes the obvious answer to the question: Yes! Of course our company has a workflow. Jobs come in and they flow through the organization.
What is Workflow?
The repeatable and auditable tasks, events, and processes used to consistently move work from job onboarding through to completion. Some or all tasks may be automated toward the goal of super-efficiency and predictability in production and supply chain management.
On closer inspection, however, what most organizations have is a series of processes that have grown over the years to mitigate bottlenecks as they arise. Whiteboards, spreadsheets projected on the wall, boards with sticky notes holding job information, flags and lights visible across the enterprise, and physical job jackets, emerge over time as teams look for ways to ensure that all of the stakeholders know the status of the jobs coming through the plant. While all of these processes serve a purpose, they rarely provide a consistent view of a slice of time because they are only tied together by the thinnest of strings and an agreement among the participants to keep the reporting current. What happens when a team member is on vacation or new team members are added? The process often suffers because new thought processes were added. New team members may have new ideas, even better ideas, on how to move work and report on progress. That begets change and evolution, but is it a workflow?
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Jul 11, 2013
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 »
May 9, 2013
Today, EFI announced its acquisition of printLEADER, a print MIS solution geared towards print management for in-plant and commercial print service providers located in North America. Since the onset of the recession, the print MIS market has regained interest from print service providers looking for ways to optimize their production facilities by having a centralized tool connected to every software and hardware system throughout their workflow. This interest has also stemmed from the need to manage the increasing demand for online ordering, and the integration and automation required to cost effectively manage this print volume while remaining competitively priced.Â Â Read more »
Jan 24, 2013
ï»¿Last week, EFI held its 14th annual Connect users conference, which has evolved to become an important industry event where customers, partners, press and industry analysts from all over the globe meet with EFI executives and are updated on the latest the company has to offer. This year’s exhibitors included Xerox, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Esko, Ricoh, Metrix, and more. Â Special guest was Benny Landa — an update about what he had to say can be read here. Read more »
Jun 15, 2012
Business information is a powerful tool that can be used to understand the fine details of what is happening in an organization, drive change, and ultimately provide the best service possible. For print service providers, gathering the information about their business that is crucial for success can be achieved through print management software, often referred to as Management Information Systems (MIS). Â The role of a Print MIS is to be a centralized repository of customer information, job cost details, job estimates and tickets, equipment status, and more to efficiently and effectively support an operation’s ecosystem. Read more »
Apr 18, 2012
We recently upgraded our Ultimate Guides to a new software interface which now includes a new Dashboard that can be customized to display InfoTrends blog posts, tweets, and product updates. The new interface also loads product information at a much faster rate and Premium Users can now compare as many products as they want side-by-side.
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