Print Management Systems Vital to your Survival
Print management solutions are crucial to an in-plant's health and longevity.
By Gretchen A. Peck
"The only way a printer can hope to survive long-term is to improve efficiency, take costs out of the process, and create a market differentiation that ensures some level of competitive advantage," insists Gerald Walsh, director of product marketing at EFI, in Foster City, Calif.
Today's print management information systems (MIS), he says, provide the foundation for addressing these competitive challenges.
"In fact, with today's realities of high competition and tight margins, a good MIS isn't an option for printers; it's an absolute necessity," he adds.
This is even more true for in-plants, who must always be prepared to justify their operations by having data ready. A print management system integrates data from all departments, providing managers with data to run their in-plants and plan ahead.
"It's critical that an in-plant be able to track and analyze costs at all levels," says Walsh.
"In today's bottom-line world, print shops are continually justifying their existence," adds Carol McDonald, manager of marketing administration at Avanti Computer Systems, in Toronto. "A graphic arts management system improves overall shop efficiency and provides an executive team with immediate access to this information."
"The key to a successful in-plant is sufficient volume and quality of service," suggests Dave Vanable, director of WebCRD Business Development with Rochester Software Associates, in Rochester, N.Y. A reliable management solution improves customer service and minimizes leakage to outside print shops, while automating accounting and chargeback.
"Print job quality and response time are improved while lowering the total cost of production," he says.
The Benefits They Bring
The ABCs of Print MIS
Choosing a print management system shouldn't be a hasty decision. A quick sales demo won't provide enough guidance to make a wise decision, according to "The ABCs of Print MIS," a new 48-page handbook from EFI. Rather, the book advises, it's best to get your hands dirty. Do some testing—preferably with real-world scenarios and data. And get answers to questions like these: