Nash was quick to recognize patterns. And so is InfoTrends. According to its U.S. Production Software Investment Outlook, print providers are expecting year-over-year revenues to grow 4.8 percent on average, with 20 percent expecting double-digit gains as a result of investing in production workflow software to support service expansions, improve operational efficiencies and target niche segments. These anticipated growths clearly demonstrate that workflow is key to growth and must be evaluated throughout your overall operation.

The Production Print Guide to Workflow Automation, Part 2

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Assessing workflow isn’t easy. It’s often a good idea to hook up with someone who’s been down and dirty on a print shop floor, who’s wrangled with a variety of solutions, who’s dealt with engineering, back office and customer-facing processes. In other words, someone with experience, whose advice you trust.

When I talk with printers about operational challenges, most say that if they had a dollar to spend, they’d spend 75 percent of it on improving efficiency–speeding workflow and shedding redundancy. Such trouble spots bubble to the surface during a skilled assessment. You’ll be able to spot:

  • Manual operations that can be better handled by automation.
  • Pieces that should be tied together to improve the movement of paper through the presses.
  • Outdated technology that should be replaced or upgraded.
  • Financial controls that should be tightened to present a true view of the costs of facilities, salary, and equipment in order to price jobs accurately.

Along the way, an assessment can reveal parts of your business that can be expanded by additional services, especially in the area of color management, substrates, and even campaign management.

An experienced partner can also clue you into what other shops are doing down the road and across the country. What once was a stable industry has experienced sea wave changes. You must stay nimble to ensure customer loyalty and growth.

All these pieces click into the pattern of your business and should be part of an efficient workflow automation assessment.

Learn more by downloading the “The Production Print Guide to Workflow Automation.