Is Workflow Automation Worth the Effort?

There’s lots of buzz about automating workflows:

  • I just ran a Future of the In-plant study and one of the top investment areas was workflow automation
  • I’m here at PRINT and there are numerous software packages on the floor for automating prepress

But is it worth your time and effort?

Well, that depends upon your volume, your job mix, your existing internal processes, what you mean by automation, and your culture – but the answer is probably yes. By the way, automation doesn’t have to mean lights-out, no-touch, soup-to-nuts, automating. It can simply mean automating specific tasks, or specific types of jobs to increase productivity. In other words, it could be like a robotic assembly line or it could be like using power tools instead of hand tools.

Check out this video and try using these interactive eBooks I created if you’re curious about whether you have the volume and job mix to get a reasonable ROI from workflow automation. I did them for efi JobFLow and impose, but you can put in your own numbers for your volumes, times, and solutions of interest to get your head around the excited sales and marketing claims, no matter what automation solution you’re considering.

Workflow ROI Tools

Try it and have fun!

Join over 100 people who’ve taken the Future of the In-plant Survey

The Future of the In-plant study is already providing essential answers for in-plant managers:

  • Which printing & non-printing services are most likely to grow?
  • Which industries are more likely to have in-plant strategic plans?
  • How much does having a strategic plan impact predicted growth?
  • What do in-plants include in their strategic plans?

Join the 100+ in-plants from across the country who’ve already taken the short, online survey to receive a copy of the final report.

It’s taking most people less than 10 minutes to complete, so do it now, become a part of the research, and get a copy of the final results.

What will in-plants look like in 2020?

Here’s your chance to see how your in-plant’s future compares to others. IPMA has contracted Cholmonco to perform a study on where in-plants are headed over the next five years in terms of growth, services and technology along with what they are doing to make it happen.

Take the survey below or at and have your voice heard. It’s only 19 questions and shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete.

The study results will be presented at PRINT in Chicago on Sunday, September 10, at 2:00 pm and all complete survey respondents will receive a PDF copy of the final report.

This is a great way to validate and, perhaps, adjust your 5-year strategic plan with industry data. Don’t have a strategic plan for your shop? This could provide the basis for creating one and initiating conversations with your management.

Take it today, before the survey closes and have your voice heard.

New IPMA and The Future of the In-plant Study

IPMA 2017
IPMA 2017
Greg Cholmondeley will be a Keynote Speaker at the IPMA 2017 Conference, June 11-14 in Pittsburgh, PA

I’ve been commissioned by IPMA to run a study on the anticipated trends and strategic directions of in-plant printing operations. The objective is to provide a forward-looking perspective of how the market is anticipated to change.

The study will focus on two main areas: Continue reading “New IPMA and The Future of the In-plant Study”

Jason Lieberman Explains How to Become a Premier Dealer

DEC Office Solutions Team
DEC Office Solutions Team
Jason Lieberman from DEC Office Solutions at the 2017 Kyocera Dealer Conference

The executive presentations at conferences are great but I usually find I learn at least as much from my conversations with the attendees. I recently covered Kyocera’s Dealer Conference in Las Vegas for ENX Magazine and had the opportunity to chat with Jason Lieberman from DEC Office Solutions in West Haverstraw, NY about what he thinks it takes to succeed being an enterprise MFP dealer.

The short answer is that you can’t be a box salesman selling just on price anymore. You need to: Continue reading “Jason Lieberman Explains How to Become a Premier Dealer”