Tuesday May 31, 2016

In this issue:

Avanti congratulates Eli Wallach for obtaining prestigious JDF Expert certification

Becomes one of seven certified JDF Experts in all of Canada

TORONTO, May 18, 2016Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of cloud-based Print MIS solutions, today announced that Eli Wallach, Implementation Consultant for the company, has received his JDF Expert certification. Mr. Wallach is the second Avanti employee to attain this level of certification. He joins Josh Perkins, Product Manager at Avanti, who was the first-ever Canadian to become certified as a JDF expert in 2007. There are currently seven certified JDF Experts in all of Canada, and 87 worldwide.

The Job Definition Format (JDF) is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. Widely adopted and recognized worldwide as a key industry standard, JDF also enables the integration of business management and job planning applications into the production workflow. Streamlined implementation of integrations between JDF-certified systems enables precise communication, thereby reducing costly multiple “touches” on print jobs and eliminating the possibility of human error.

The JDF Expert Certificate initiative is a challenging program offered by CIP4, the standards association that developed JDF. The certificate is specifically designed for those persons leading their company’s efforts to implement JDF-based automated processes and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM).

“Avanti is committed to providing our customers a platform that offers seamless integration between all departments in a print provider’s organization,” said Patrick Bolan, President and CEO, Avanti. “We are very proud to see Eli achieve this certification. It is a testament to the bench strength in JDF that our customers have come to count on.” <<READ MORE>>

TWEET THIS: Congrats to @avantisystems own Eli Wallach on becoming 1 of 7 #JDF Experts in #Canada http://ow.ly/PV2G300kbCB #askavanti #drupa2016

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Tips on selecting – and implementing – a print MIS

by Joanne Gore - Director of Marketing, Avanti

Most people who read my articles know that I tend to focus on marketing, more specifically, B2B marketing and, even more specifically of late, B2B marketing in the print industry. And although I’ve spent my marketing career in the tech industry, I don’t consider myself a “techy” (I prefer the term Marketing Geekette).

So here we are. A marketing geekette offering tips on implementing a Print MIS. Fear not, I’m not going to get all “ jargonny” on you. Rather, I will look at some questions that are asked most often, as well as some best practices regarding Print MIS solutions that are utilized today.

As with any purchase, particularly one as complex as Print MIS, budget is clearly a factor when evaluating all offerings. It’s important to consider not only the cost of the solution, but also any organizational costs you may incur such as employee training and ongoing support and maintenance.

First and foremost you must determine your goals. Are you looking to reduce lead times, improve customer relationship management and retention, and/or reduce operating costs? Once you establish your key goals for the implementation, you can then clarify other considerations. <<READ MORE>>

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

Find out how Avanti has helped digital, offset, hybrid and large/grand 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.

A Day In The Life of the Automated Print Shop
Are you curious about what an automated print shop looks like?
Still wondering what benefits a fully-integrated Print MIS can mean to YOUR business?

Join us as our experts take you through the Day In The Life of the Automated Print Shop, featuring Avanti Slingshot
Register HERE

Automate Your Sales Force and Enhance Customer Insight with Avanti CRM
Avanti 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 anytime from anywhere.

Learn how sales reps and CSRs are taking advantage of this new level of functionality to work remotely while accessing important customer and shop information.

BONUS: All attendees will receive a copy of the whitepaper: Why CRM is the Lifeblood of a Print Shop | Propel your CRM from a Contact Management Tool into an ROI driver.
Register HERE

Selecting a Print MIS Platform
Eliminate workflow bottlenecks, monitor the status of all departments involved in the workflow – from receiving, shipping, material & physical inventory to labor reporting and label generation – and set the job schedule based on job and customer priority.
Register HERE


See the full list of upcoming webinars here

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New Webinar "On-Demand": Managing for Success: The role of Print MIS in today’s InPlant

On April 20th, Avanti's own Stephen McWilliam was joined by panelists Ron Underwood, Supply Chain Team Lead for Our Daily Bread Ministries; Cathy Skoglund, Director of Operations & Business Development ASU Print and Imaging Lab; Brian Trott, US Senate Printing, Graphics and Direct Mail branch; and Karen Meyers, Business Manager at Michigan Farm Bureau; for this thought-provoking panel.

Don't worry if you missed it...watch the webinar now!

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Upcoming Events

Avanti at Drupa
May 31 - June 10, 2016

Avanti is back at Drupa, showcasing award-winning Avanti Slingshot. Find us in the Ricoh Booth, Hall 08a/B46-1 & 2; and the HP booth, Hall 17/A01-01 & 15


Avanti at IPMA
June 20 - 24, 2016

Join us in Denver, Colorado and “reach new heights” with your fellow In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association colleagues. Visit us in booth 102.

IPMA’s Educational Conference and Vendor Fair is your one-stop-shop where you can learn from your peers, network, ask questions.


Avanti at CUPMAC
June 26 - 29, 2016

The annual CUPMAC conference is an opportunity for print managers and staff from post-secondary institutions across Canada to gain and share knowledge through participation in workshops, meetings and informal networking among members and with conference sponsors.

Join us at this year’s annual conference, taking place in Waterloo, ON. The conference is being co-hosted by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.


Click here for Avanti's full list of upcoming events

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Ask Avanti

Do you like to share ideas about Print and Print MIS?
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 #askavanti
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So the next time you need answers…
come hang out with us online...and #AskAvanti


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Avanti's Hidden Gems

Did you know that Avanti customers 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!

Our vast knowledge base gives customers 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

Schedule an Avanti Demo today! 


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