Posts tagged: production software

Ricoh’s EMEA Industry Analyst Summit 2014

David Stabel
 Jan 16, 2015

On December 11-12, 2014, Ricoh Europe invited European industry analysts to a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, to provide an update on its corporate strategy and goals of its 18th mid-term plan (MTP) starting in 2015. This event follows a global industry analyst summit held in Japan, earlier this year. David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe Plc. and Corporate Vice President of Ricoh Company Ltd., together with his executive management team presented their growth plans for its Imaging & Solutions business. Ricoh’s new strategy can be summarized by an acceleration of a transition to services, a rekindled effort to grow through geographical expansion, a focus on new market opportunities.

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Highlights of the Online Print Symposium 2014 in Munich

David Stabel
 May 20, 2014


On May 15th/16th 2014 the second Online Print Symposium was held in Munich, Germany. The slogan of this years’ event: „E-Business Print: Trends, Markets, Practices“. The Online Print Symposium is jointly organized by the Fogra Forschungsgesellschaft e.V., zipcon consulting GmbH, and the Bundesverband Druck und Medien e.V. and acts as a platform to discuss the latest industry developments in the field of e-commerce and print within the so-called D-A-CH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). InfoTrends was invited to attend the first day of this symposium, which attracted around 150 participants from within different parts of the industry.  Here are some key impressions of that day.

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InfoTrends Updates the Ultimate Guide to Web-to-Print Solutions

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 Jan 8, 2013

When web-to-print first entered the market with the onset of eCommerce in the 1990s, it was defined as a commercial prepress process that bridges the gap between digital content online and commercial print production. In the most basic terms, web-to-print was used to assist in facilitating the process for Internet based job ordering, submission, tracking, and collaboration. Now a few decades later, web-to-print vendors have expanded upon their original offerings. Originally for the e-enablement of businesses processes, web-to-print now goes beyond, to assist in the creation and tracking of multi-channel marketing campaigns, maintaining brand consistency, and acting as a connector between other online services.

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More Print Providers Offering Mobile-Enabled Services, Solutions

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 Oct 4, 2012

Print service providers, like many other businesses, are being impacted by mobile technology. Smartphones and tablets are now an integral part of peoples’ daily lives; the pervasiveness of mobile technology continues to influence the “consumerization” of business, and the printing industry is not immune to this trend. Customers increasingly request access to services via their mobile devices, and internal business and production operations are going mobile, as well. Ultimately, the role of mobile technology is going to be increasingly important in business–and not just when it comes to marketing services.

InfoTrends wanted to uncover how print service providers are tailoring their services and operations to be more mobile-friendly. In our most recent annual software investment study, we asked 179 print provider respondents about their adoption and uses of mobile technology within their companies, finding that while adoption is still relatively low, it is poised for growth in the next year.

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New European Research Helps Software Vendors Prepare for drupa

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 Feb 10, 2012

InfoTrends has just published a new research on the state of the European printing industry entitled European Software Investment Outlook 2012. Conducted in cooperation with the Eurographic Press — a group of leading graphic arts trade magazines in Europe — InfoTrends has polled 241 European respondents to get an update on adoption and usage of hardware, software, and services. We also asked about investment plans and business strategy decisions.
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Say Hello to Adobe Creative Suite 5

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 Apr 16, 2010

On Monday, Adobe unveiled its fifth iteration of its Creative Suite family of products (commonly referred to as CS5) and all of its various packages: Design Standard, Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium, and the all-encompassing Master Collection. These packages include key creative software tools that many of us are familiar with, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, and many more. A lot of things have happened with Adobe since its launch of Creative Suite 4 in September 2008, including acquisitions of Business Catalyst, a platform for independent designers to help launch Websites for their clients, as well as Omniture, a widely-used online marketing and analytics solution (more on that later). The company had some issues getting people to upgrade from CS3 to CS4, which can be attributed to a mix of the economic recession, as well as perceived view by end-users that an upgrade would not add more functionality to an existing install. Read more »

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