Big Plans for Graph Expo

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Graph ExpoThe big US trade show for the printing industry starts Sunday in Chicago and Dave and I will be there getting close to the hardware and software from the industry movers and shakers. All year long I work with workflow vendors and users … but this is the time when those vendors put it all together to showcase their wares. It’s an annual chance to meet with the executives driving the technology and to kick the tires of their latest ideas.

Graph Expo is a great place to learn about what’s going on with the vendors and I hope to see many of you there. But, if you can’t make it, here are the booths I plan to start with and report on:

EFI: This company has so much going on involving workflow automation and management that I could probably spend the whole show in their booth. But, since I can’t, I’m going to spend some time with Udi Arieli discussing how they’re integrating all the pieces they have into a unified workflow model.

Xerox: I want to find out what’s new with FreeFlow Core and the IntegratedPLUS offerings. I recently wrote a product briefing on their Automated Color Management solution and I want to see if Joe Rouhana and Mike Lacagnina have managed to drop in some enhanced functionality for a new release in time for the show.

Canon: Their PRISMA platform is rich with capabilities and I want to see how it’s evolved over the past year. In particular, I hear that PRISMAsync has some really interesting new functionality and I’m looking forward to Brian Dollard and Bob Barbera bringing me up to speed.

Konica Minolta: I want to learn from Gavin Jordan-Smith and Jerry Modugno how well the market has reacted to their innovative EngageIT Automation and EngageIT XMedia offerings over the past year, and to learn what else they’re bringing out.

Ricoh: To be honest, while I know the TotalFlow story, I’m still not entirely clear about what it all means. They have some really powerful solutions from their InfoPrint Solutions side, a variety of partners, and some homegrown software. I’m hoping that John Fulena can provide me a better understanding of exactly what differentiates TotalFlow and how it impacts the Graphic Arts market.

Avanti: They completely clean-sheet designed their MIS system a year ago to come out with Slingshot. This was a huge undertaking with tremendously powerful benefits. I want to learn how the market has reacted and what they’ve learned and adapted in the past 12 months.

I also plan to visit numerous other workflow solutions providers such as CHILI Publish, Enfocus, Mindfire, prInternet, Printers Presence, PTI Marketing Technologies, Quite Software to see what’s new. I also intend to extend my workflow discussions beyond prepress by meeting with a variety of postpress vendors to discuss how modern technologies are helping streamline finishing operations.

So, I’m going to be busy but if you’re at the show, be sure to say hello as I run past. And keep an eye on this blog to learn what I learned at the event.

One Response to “Big Plans for Graph Expo”

Comment from michael jahn
Time September 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Be sure to stop by and say hello to us at the PressWise booth – 352

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