Monday August 31, 2015

Dear customer,

In this issue:

President's Message

Pat Bolan Headshot

June 2015

Message from the President’s Desk

On the road to Graph Expo

September is always a busy time for us here at Avanti. As summer winds down and the kids head back to school, for us it’s the start of a brand new year (our fiscal year end is August 31st). Our Year over Year revenue is up approximately 14%. I want to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated staff, our partners, and, most importantly you, our customers for contributing to our success. Regardless of whether you have been with us from the very beginning, or whether you are new to the Avanti family, I want to thank you for participating in our growth. Hopefully Avanti has helped you succeed and grow your own businesses.

Our Avanti Classic users have been busy upgrading to version 14, which has enough enhancements to fill at least 3 newsletters! If you missed our new features webinar in July, hosted by Jerry McNeely and Stephen McWilliam, you can access an archive here. If you haven’t upgraded yet, please contact your sales rep or Jared Conway.

From September 13th to 16th, we will once again be exhibiting at Graph Expo 15, in Chicago’s McCormick Place, where we’ll be unveiling the latest version of our award-winning Avanti Slingshot. Speaking of awards, we are thrilled to have won two more Must See’ems. If you haven’t heard the news, we won this year for Avanti Slingshot Automated Press Sheet Optimizer, our newest set of gang run tools, and Avanti Slingshot Grand Format Estimating Module. Please visit us in Booth 654 to see Avanti Slingshot’s latest enhancements live in action. If you can’t join us at Graph Expo, we’ll be hosting a “sneak peek” live webinar on Thursday, August 10th featuring these award-winning modules.

But Graph Expo is just the beginning. As I mentioned in the last NewsFlash, the Avanti User Group Conference will be taking place Tuesday, October 6th through Friday, October 9th in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview and Spa. We’ve brought back our popular “Ask the Experts” room,  we’re running concurrent sessions for Avanti Classic AND Avanti Slingshot customers, and we’ll be hosting a wonderful evening in Niagara’s wine country. We have arranged for buses to pick us up and transport us to the Ravine Vineyard, where we will have a wine tour, enjoy a farm-fresh 3-course meal with a wine pairing from the Vineyards reserves, and then end our evening by the bonfire. View the full agenda and register here.

So what’s on the horizon for Avanti FY2016? We will be continuing our European expansion to include the UK, France and Germany. And yes, we’ll be at Drupa (more details to come!) Our development and product management teams are busy working away on even more enhancements to Avanti Slingshot. Our Avanti Classic team continues to polish and refine our flagship product. Our implementation team is on the road, assisting new customers to go live as smoothly and as successfully as possible. And our stellar support team is standing by to help you get the most out of your Avanti software, so that YOU can continue to offer your customers outstanding products and services.

As always, I welcome your feedback and can be reached via email at or phone 800 482 2908 Extension 266.

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NEWS: Newest Avanti Slingshot modules garner two MUST SEE 'EM awards

Company announces general availability for two newest features

TORONTO, August 17, 2015 – Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of Print MIS solutions, today announced that the two newest Avanti Slingshot modules have received the prestigious MUST SEE ‘EM awards in connection with Graph Expo 15, the industry’s largest North American trade show. The company also announced that both modules—Grand Format Estimating and Automated Press Sheet Optimizer—are now commercially available.

“Our customers have always been the driving force behind Avanti Slingshot’s product development, and this recognition belongs to them as well,” said Patrick Bolan, president and CEO, Avanti Systems. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our innovation, advancement, and contribution to the graphic communications industry.” <<READ MORE>>

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Employee Spotlight: Francis Pelland – Minion at Heart

Francis Pelland, Technical Operations at Avanti, was born in Oshawa, Ontario, where he grew up with his two brothers. A true entrepreneur, Francis started his first company at the age of 16, funded by the Ontario Government. He pursued his passion for technology and graduated from Carleton University in 2010, with a BA in Law and Computer Science. While in University, he continued to work on his own and developed 3 apps which ranked in the top 25 largest apps on Facebook at the time, with over 10 million users combined. The apps got funded by fbFund, which is operated by Facebook, Founders Fund and Accel Partners.

“What I’ve learned by experience, over the years of building out my own products and working with small agile teams, is that there are no shortages of challenges. A huge factor in what keeps me going is seeing customer satisfaction while solving some of these challenges”.


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Avanti is back for Graph Expo 15. Visit us in Booth 654

September 13 - 16, 2015

Avanti will be returning to the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL to attend Graph Expo 2015

  • See Avanti Slingshot live, including this year's "Must See'em" winners: Avanti Slingshot Automated Press Sheet Optimizer and Avanti Slingshot Grand Format Estimating Module.
  • Join us in our lounge for dedicated 1:1 time
  • Look for members of the Avanti team as they participate in various panels in The Printerverse

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Avanti's Live Webinar Series - Thursdays at 2pm EST

Find out how Avanti has helped digital, offset, hybrid and large format shops meet customer demands efficiently and cost effectively. Discover the critical role that MIS can play in your organization to help you achieve your goals by joining us for one of our upcoming live webinars Thursdays at 2PM EST.

Avanti Slingshot Large Format & Grand Format Estimating
We’ll demonstrate how Avanti Slingshot helps printers better manage large format and grand format jobs, focusing on the ease of creating profitable estimates based on actual costs. We’ll show you how those estimates are easily turned into job orders with the click of the mouse and how to significantly save time and reduce costs throughout the print production process by eliminating points at which human intervention is typically required.
Register HERE

Graph Expo “Sneak Peek” of Avanti Slingshot’s Latest Release
Register for this “sneak peek” of just some of Avanti Slingshot’s best-selling modules and exciting new developments and enhancements, being shown at Graph Expo 15, Booth 654.
Register HERE

A Day in the Life of the Automated Print Shop featuring Avanti Slingshot Print MIS Solution
Grab a front-row seat and discover a number of Avanti’s integrated modules as we automatically send and receive data from various software applications and equipment throughout the print shop.
Register HERE

Graph Expo Recap of Avanti Slingshot’s Latest Release
Join us as we recap the exciting new developments and enhancements in Avanti Slingshot, including our two "Must See'em" winners, shown at Graph Expo 15
Register HERE

Workflow Automation Made Easy with Ricoh and Avanti
Discover how to streamline your operation and benefit from the Avanti/Ricoh synergy to reduce costs, improve reporting, & increase customer satisfaction.
Register HERE

Bridge the Gap between Online Orders and Workflow with Avanti Slingshot’s CSV/XML Integration Module
Join us to see how integration of your Web-to-Print portals with Avanti Slingshot dramatically improves turn-around time, facilitates automated customer communication, and eliminates the errors and administrative burden inherent to re-keying data.
Register HERE

Selecting a Print MIS
This webinar will discuss some of the key objectives when selecting an MIS system and provide tips on how to go about the selection process. We’ll cover some of the top challenges that arise when deciding on which system is best, and discuss some of the key ingredients to a successful implementation project.
Register HERE

Automate Your Sales Force & Enhance Customer Service with Avanti Slingshot CRM

We'll demonstrate how Avanti Slingshot CRM enables you to better understand and manage your customers by providing your sales team with real-time access to up-to-date customer data at any time from anywhere.
Register HERE

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Avanti User Group Conference - Book your hotel by Sept. 12 for lowest rates

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Discover the Possibilities...Uncover the Value

Be sure to join us for Avanti's Annual User Group Conference, taking place October 6 – 9, 2015 at the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview & Spa, in Niagara Falls, Ontario!

Following on the heels of last year’s most successful conference ever, we once again have a great line-up of speakers and Avanti customers from across North America’s In-Plant and Commercial organizations.

  • NEW! Concurrent tracks for both Avanti Classic and Avanti Slingshot
  • “Ask the Experts” is back by popular demand
  • Breakout sessions - discover how other companies utilize the system and maximize ROI
  • Workshop-style sessions with Avanti pros
  • Sessions for every level…from “newbie” to expert
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 2 daily refreshment breaks


In addition to 3.5 days focused on the daily use of the modules (and finding all the little hidden gems, tips, and tricks), your registration includes:

  • Welcome reception October 6th
  • Social event in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake October 7th, including a vineyard tour, dinner with wine-pairing, and a bonfire
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 2 daily refreshment breaks



Our first block of rooms at the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview & Spa is SOLD OUT!

BUT...we were able to book a second block at the same low rate of $149 CAD. 

Rates go up Sept. 12th. Reserve now before they’re sold out!


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"Year after year the print industry continues to change, and what the Avanti User Conference provides is not only a blueprint on how to best use Avanti to serve your customers, but also a blueprint for continued success in the print industry!

The ability to interact directly with Avanti staff, discuss with other users the ins and outs of both system functionality and better business practices, and the Keynote speakers all wrapped into one conference cannot be passed up.”

Read more testimonials from past User Group attendees

Avanti's Hidden Gems

If you’re an Avanti customer, did you know that you have access to a virtual cornucopia of treats? Ok, maybe not a cornucopia…but we sure do have a heck of a lot of stuff!

Simply login via the Support page for access to our knowledge base and gain access to:

Documentation and Release notes – For Avanti Classic and Avanti Slingshot
Webinars, Demos and Videos – Our experts cover a wide range of topics from workflow to estimating
How To and Tips – to help you get the most out of your Avanti installation


Don’t see what you’re looking for? Simply submit a request and our support team will be there to help you.

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Let's Talk

Do you like to share ideas with other Avanti users?
Do you sometimes find yourself challenged by a project and wish you had somewhere you can quickly turn to for advice?

Avanti has made it really easy for you to connect with like-minded individuals, share ideas, and network online.


Twitter: @avantisystems 
Join the LinkedIn Group
Like our Company page on Facebook: AvantiSystems
Watch us on YouTube: Our Channel is Avanti Systems

So the next time you need answers…come hang out with us online.


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