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Workflow Bottlenecks: The Need for Automated Finishing
Despite the advancements in production workflow automation, finishing operations have been left relatively alone. Many attempts towards developing solutions that assist in finishing workflow automation today have been targeted towards automating the early stages of production-specifically for job submission, automatic billing and ticketing, and preparing jobs for production. For post press procedures, due to its complexities and analog nature of many finishing processes, there have been little development to support the creation of automated finishing workflows.
Print service providers (PSPs) are continuously investing in solutions that will improve their production workflows to help with cost savings, offer more services to customers, and reduce the amount of outsourcing needed because of staffing and workflow constraints. Nevertheless, there is still a need for a complete end-to-end solution that assists in automating the post production processes-especially for jobs that require complex finishing techniques to be applied. This analysis will cover the demand for software vendors to develop solutions that will assist in automating the finishing procedures of print production workflows.
Unpacked: Digital Label Workflows
The digitization of packaging production processes is in full swing, driven by new hardware and software developments that enable brand owners and their suppliers to reduce cost, get products faster to market, and use innovative methods to let their products stand-out in an increasingly overcrowded marketplace. Within the overall packaging market, labels are an important corner - one that has proved to be especially receptive to color digital presses. In this analysis, we will explore what a digital label workflow entails, what the latest developments are, and in what direction this market is going.
U.S. Printing and Publishing Market Sizing: 2011-2016
This document contains United States Census Bureau historical data back to 2002, as well as InfoTrends' estimates for 2012 through 2016 for value of shipments. InfoTrends has also estimated the number of establishments for 2011.
U.S. Production Software Investment Outlook 2013
The U.S. Production Software Investment Outlook is our annual end-user research where we poll U.S.-based print services providers and in-plants to understand software adoption, investment trends and spending levels. Segments covered include Variable Data Printing, Cross Media Marketing, Web-to-print, MIS, Production Workflow Management, and more.
Hunkeler Innovationdays 2013
InfoTrends' Ralf Schlozer, Kaspar Roos, and Matt Swain attended Hunkeler Innovationdays 2013. The bi-annual trade show is a unique international digital continuous-feed print and mail production event that takes place in Hunkeler's hometown of Lucerne, Switzerland. In this analysis, InfoTrends provides its perspective on hardware and software developments that were shown at this bi-annual trade show.
Road Map 2013: Production Workflow and Customized Communications Solutions
Our annual Road Map contains a list of the top print production software trends to watch for in 2013, as determined by InfoTrends' Production Workflow and Customized Communications Solutions (PWCCS) team. It also presents a review of trends in 2012, and offers and evaluation of the predictions for 2013.
Ultimate Guide to Web-to-Print Solutions
The Ultimate Guide Series presents an overview of products and vendors in every segment of the print production workflow and customized communications arena. The primary objective of the Ultimate Guide Series is to deliver a comprehensive resource for print service providers and creative professionals that are seeking information about software tools for printing and print-related services.
Xerox Services Update from Grenoble
Xerox hosted its annual analyst event at its Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) facility in Grenoble, France on October 2nd to the 5th 2012. Surrounded by the French Alps and located in a chateau, this is by far one of Xeroxs finest office locations and is a great place to hold an international analyst event.
The True Cost of Business Communications 2012
Producing and distributing documents involves many processes. Some of these have tangible, "hard" costs - including printing, shipping, and storing materials. There are also other less tangible, "soft" costs that are significant. These include processes such as composition, design, editing, and project management - most of which occur before the document is printed. Companies of all sizes need to understand all these related costs to manage their businesses effectively. An effective document printing strategy leverages technology and process efficiency to provide high quality, low cost print output. Outsourcing can be an attractive approach to producing high-quality documents efficiently. To conduct a thorough return on investment (ROI) comparison of outsourcing these processes versus doing the work internally, it is necessary to understand the total cost of document production. InfoTrends has examined these costs to determine what the key considerations to outsourcing print should be. These considerations are critical to choosing the best service provider.
Capturing the European SME Marketing Automation Opportunity
The fragmented nature of the small and midsize enterprise (SME) market provides an enticing, yet challenging, sales opportunity for print service providers. While the individual opportunities are relatively small, the sheer number of business opportunities provides an enticing opportunity for service providers. Aggregated, this opportunity is too big to ignore; by leveraging the cloud, solutions can be created that are scalable and affordable to meet the changing demands of marketing. Companies like VistaPrint have understood the magnitude of the opportunity early on and began to reach the SME market through web-enablement and relevant print templates, followed by digital marketing such as e-mail; search marketing; and (more recently), website design solutions, social media profiles, and a CRM through its acquisition of Webs, Inc.
Like large enterprises, SMEs are facing a dynamically changing media mix. No matter the medium of choice, SMEs want to look credible and professional as they spread the word about their businesses. The Internet and, especially, social media disproportionally favours SMEs because they now can use low-cost media to reach and build customer relationships that previously were only reserved for large companies with big sales teams. Nevertheless, unlike most enterprises, the SME market faces a resource struggle divided between time, money, and expertise - and (as such) requires more help to sell in the cross-media world. They want simple yet powerful solutions that integrate and automate marketing across print, online, mobile, and social media channels.
This study, Capturing the European SME Marketing Automation Opportunity, provides a complete understanding of the SME marketing automation market opportunity as it exists today. It also explores the expanding media mix that is driving the demand for automated solutions to accommodate a variety of media communication preferences. Ultimately, the study is intended to provide context and direction for software and service
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