Wednesday August 31, 2016

In this issue:

Before purchasing a Print MIS - #AskAvanti

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*SPECIAL* Graph Expo "Sneak Peek" webinar - September 8th

Join us Thursday, September 8th, from 2 - 3pm EST as we unveil some of the latest new features being showcased at Graph Expo 16.

This webinar will showcase some of the exciting new developments and enhancements in Avanti Slingshot including:

This webinar will showcase some of the exciting new developments and enhancements in Avanti Slingshot including:

Point-of-Sale – Quickly manage “over-the-counter” jobs for retail services, walk-up’s, and telephone orders with speed and efficiency, including an end-of-day balancing reconciliation process to ensure that your funds match up with your daily transactions.

Triggers & Alerts – Save money and eliminate manual tasks with Avanti Slingshot’s Triggers and Alerts Module. Real-time triggers and alerts enable print shops to increase the speed and accuracy of their business processes while simultaneously ensuring everyone is kept up-to-speed and ready to react from anywhere, at any time, and on any device.

Integration with HP® PrintOS Site Flow – A ‘touchless workflow’ between the business and production environments, preserving both data integrity and ensuring cross-system communication for Web, Digital and Large Format printing.



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ASU Tackles Big MIS Challenges with an Avanti Slingshot

When Cathy Skoglund comes to work each day at Arizona State University’s Print & Imaging Lab, she has two important goals in mind: provide hands-on training for tomorrow’s graphic communication industry leaders — and sell enough print to fund goal #1.

The Lab, which operates as a self-sufficient print shop, is home to at least 16 students at any given time, delivering print fulfillment and design services for the Arizona State University comunity. Web-to-print represents nearly 70% of its business. It has a range of equipment including digital presses, digital large-format printers, offset presses and a wide array of finishing equipment.

The operation needs to work efficiently, accurately, within deadlines and - since campus departments are under no obligation to patronize the lab − maintain a high level of customer satisfaction. There were challenges. Full-time employees and students were trying to manage multiple “islands of automation” — standalone systems for functions such as estimating, ftp & job submission, web-to-print, invoicing, shipping and purchase order generation.

The systems were only tied together by manually re-entering the information among disparate applications. Particularly troubling was their homegrown estimating system, which was non-intuitive, cumbersome and left much room for error. The system was based around two Excel spreadsheets, with cell formulas constantly in need of fine-tuning to accommodate the nuances of each job. “As a print and imaging lab, it’s natural to experience a high turnover rate,” states Skoglund. “Our old system was simply too complicated and diffi- cult to understand. Only two of us had the experience needed to produce an accurate estimate, including myself!” READ THE CASE STUDY

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"Answers to themost common business questions are now easily at my fingertips, including cost, inventory, and job tracking"

Cathy Skoglund - Director, Arizona State University Print & Imaging Laboratory

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.

Graph Expo 2016 Sneak Peek of Avanti Slingshot’s Latest Release

This webinar will showcase some of the exciting new developments and enhancements in Avanti Slingshot including modules for Point-of-Sale and Triggers and Alerts, as well as Integration with HP® PrintOS Site Flow
Register HERE

Leverage the Power of Avanti Slingshot’s Scheduling & Shop Floor Modules

Manage resources | Access real-time data | Drive on-time delivery
We’ll show you how Avanti Slingshot's Scheduling and Shop Floor Data Collection modules make it easy to 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

Graph Expo 2016 Revisited featuring Avanti Slingshot’s Latest Release

Join us as we recap some of the exciting new developments and enhancements in Avanti Slingshot that help In-Plant and Commercial print providers eliminate manual processes to become more efficient and more profitable!
Register HERE

OCT 13
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?

This non-technical session has been specifically designed for Printing Professionals from both commercial and in-house operations who want to benefit from the ROI that only a fully integrated solution can provide.
Register HERE

OCT 20
Grow and Succeed with Avanti and Xerox!

Avanti has developed several workflow integration points into Xerox’s FreeFlow™ Digital Workflow collection that seamlessly provide for automated job submission, tracking, costing and billing, regardless of how a job is submitted to the shop. When combining Xerox and Avanti, the result is a complete solution that is customizable and scalable to each print service provider’s unique business needs.
Register HERE


See the full list of upcoming webinars here

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Upcoming Events

Avanti at Graph Expo
Sept. 25 - 28, 2016

Visit Avanti in Booth 1879, at the Orange County Convention Center – North, Orlando, Florida, and witness the latest new features and enhancements in award-winning Avanti Slingshot.

We’re giving away FREE Exhibit Hall passes to the first 500 people who register using this link (*must register on or before September 9, 2016)

This year the world’s Graphic Communications Industry will convene in the largest print market in the world to rejuvenate, energize and find the trending business solutions and exciting new profit opportunities. We’ll see you Orlando, at the Orange County Convention Center – North. Find us on the show floor.


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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 and collaborate 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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