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Jim Hamilton is group director responsible for InfoTrends’ Production consulting services in the areas of production digital printing, wide-format signage, labels and packaging, functional and industrial printing, production workflow and variable data tools, document outsourcing, digital marketing and media, customer communications, and business development. Hamilton is responsible for conducting graphic arts market research, market forecasting, custom consulting projects, and creating editorial content for product and market analysis reports.

Frank Romano is Professor Emeritus at RIT School of Media Sciences.

The main theme of the 2018 SGIA Expo could be summed up in one word: convergence. To stress the theme of permanent evolution, SGIA announced an end to its Expo format. This, however, does not mean the event is retiring. What was SGIA Expo will become PRINTING United.

Ricoh recently hosted its Interact 2018 meeting just a short ride from its plant in Boulder, Colo. The event was full of interesting insights from Ricoh staff, customers and industry speakers, but that wasn’t the most interesting thing about Interact.

The grapevine has been ripe the past weeks, but now the news is finally out. Fujifilm has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the majority holding of Xerox Corporation and will merge Fuji Xerox with Xerox.

In the world of print production software there is no better example of a love/hate relationship than between print service providers and their print MIS solution. Print MIS solutions are, or should be, the one record of truth for the business which means the solution touches every function and every employee within the shop. Therein lies the problem.

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