Archives by Tag 'workflow'

Canon’s New Integrated Workflow Automation Package

Last updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Canon has a new integrated workflow automation package called PRISMAdirect that is really worth a look if you’re a small to mid-size commercial printer or an in-plant. It is kind of unique in that it provides a single, integrated way to get the core [...]

EFI Announces New Workflow Automation Solution

Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Yesterday EFI announced a new workflow automation solution called JobFlow 2.2. I had a chance to review it prior to launch and find it to be a solution which many small to mid-sized in-plants and commercial printers will find useful due to its simplicity [...]

School District In-plant is a True Solutions Provider

Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Companies, vendors and in-plants in our industry love to banter the word “solution” about but it is often little more than a buzzword. That’s why it is so refreshing to have a chance to chat with people who really understand and deliver services which [...]

Workflow Trends I Saw in 2015

Last updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company As I look back over research and interviews I did this past year, I see some areas of workflow automation changing and others struggling to catch on. Here’s what I saw regarding MIS solutions, the cloud, workflow automation, and other solutions:

How SaaS Use is Evolving in the Printing Industry

Last updated: Thursday, November 5, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Back in 2012 I ran a survey on Cloud and SaaS use in the printing and marketing services industry and late this summer I conducted a follow-up study. There has been a lot of change.

How You VDP and Workflow in 2015

Last updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company A couple of weeks ago I asked people in the industry to share the VDP languages, workflow solutions and MIS solutions they use. It is always good to take a quick pulse of the industry and the results confirm much of what I already [...]

Print eCommerce Versus Web-to-print

Last updated: Thursday, June 11, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company One great thing about being in this industry for the past several decades is that I’ve had a chance to witness and participate in the birth and evolution of some of the technology and services. One that has perhaps changed the most is how [...]

EFI Fiery GAPPE – Unearthing Print Production Problems Before They are Problems

Last updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company We hear a lot about workflow automation, but today I’m going to discuss some tools designed to help your operators do their jobs quicker and more efficiently. I’m looking at EFI’s Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition (GAPPE). GAPPE provides tools to help operators [...]

Digital Lizard: An Example of Explosive Growth in the Print Industry

Last updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Sometimes it seems as if everything is doom and gloom in the printing industry with ongoing reports of plant closures, shrinking margins, and dwindling print volumes. But then I get a chance to chat with someone like Bill Wieners, President of Digital Lizard about [...]

How to Juggle 3,000 Jobs at a Time and Get Everything Out on Time

Last updated: Monday, March 9, 2015

Imagine this: A facility that handles 1,000 digital commercial print jobs per day representing a wide variety of applications with many of them having 3-day turnaround times which include shipping halfway across the country. Now imagine one person trying to schedule all those jobs to be produced on a fleet of presses and bindery equipment [...]