Tuesday September 29, 2015

Graph Expo Recap - What a week!

It's hard to believe that Graph Expo 15 is now a distant memory. We always enjoy the opportunity to connect with folks live and learn more about the Print MIS needs of everyone at the show.

Our booth was packed with people interested in learning more about award-winning Avanti Slingshot; we’ve put a lot of energy into making sure we have the best Print MIS system on the market to help automate all facets of your business and cultivate a more meaningful relationship with your customer.

At times, our booth was so busy there was actually a line-up! If you weren't able to attend Graph Expo this year, or weren't able to get to one of our demos, we would like to invite you to a special, "Webinar Wednesday" Graph Expo Recap tomorrow, Sept. 30th. It takes place from 2 - 3pm EST and covers our TWO Must See'em winnersGrand Format Estimating and Automated Press Sheet Optimizer.
Simply Register Here.

Avanti Slingshot provides a complete, touchless workflow solution, automatically sending and receiving data from the different software applications and equipment throughout the print shop. With over 30 years of experience providing MIS software solutions, we understand how critical it is to accurately capture, track, and manage the entire print process, from the moment an order is created to the point it is invoiced. We’ve implemented over 400 Print MIS installations in a wide range of shops including Offset, Digital, Large Format, Bindery, Direct Mail, and Fulfillment houses.

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It was standing room only at the Avanti booth!

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Avanti Slingshot receives prestigious JDF certification

Becomes the only JDF-certified cloud-based Print MIS in the market today

TORONTO, September 24, 2015 – Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of Print MIS solutions, today announced that Avanti Slingshot passed the rigorous CIP4 certification testing and it is now an officially JDF-certified product.

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization or “CIP4” is a not-for-profit standards association, whose mission is to foster the adoption of process automation in the printing industry. Printing Industries of America (PIA), on behalf of CIP4, tested Avanti Slingshot against the JDF Specification and awarded Avanti certification for both MIS to Prepress and Integrated Digital Printing.

Avanti’s continued R&D investment is evident in the company’s decision to build Avanti Slingshot from the ground up as a cloud-based Print MIS platform. The product was launched at Print 13 and is the winner of numerous awards, including two of this year’s Graph Expo MUST SEE ‘EMS awards. Avanti achieved its first JDF certification in 2008 for its Avanti Classic – Graphic Arts Management System.

“The guiding force behind the future direction of Avanti remains an unwavering commitment to provide the best possible service to our clients”, said Patrick Bolan, president and CEO, Avanti. “We are driven by our desire to innovate for our customers, so that they can benefit from information in ways not even imagined.” <<READ MORE>>

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Security in the Cloud: Risk or Reward?

“I have to tell you, when our customers are given the option of on-premise or on-cloud, I think there’s a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt that drives the decision. Ninety percent of my customers will put it on premise.” - Stephen McWilliam

On September 13th, Stephen McWilliam, EVP Avanti, sat in on a panel in the Printerverse titled: “Breach Is The New Black: Data, Privacy and The Cloud” at Graph Expo. The six-member panel was moderated by Deborah Corn of the PrintMediaCentr, which presented the program. This blog post, recapping highlights of the panel, was written by Bill Michael, eMarketing Manager (Social and Web Marketing), Graphic Communications Business Group, Xerox Corporation and first appeared on the Xerox Digital Printing Blog.

The discussion is timely because more and more print providers are working with data to fuel their personalization services, Corn noted. At the same time, high-profile data breeches (and the public relations crises that follow) seem to be a regular feature in modern news crawls, fueling the F.U.D. among print providers about letting third parties handle their customer data.

Yet when asked what future data and privacy trends print providers should be gearing up for, the panelists were nearly unanimous: regulatory compliance and data integrity will become more important—and more print shop software will move to the cloud. <<READ THE FULL BLOG HERE>>


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Don't miss out on our Weekly Webinar Series

Find out how Avanti helps 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.

SEPTEMBER 30 - *Special* Webinar Wednesday - 
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
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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.
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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.
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Selecting a Print MIS
This webinar discusses some of the key objectives and top challenges that arise when selecting an MIS platform and provides tips on how to go about the selection process.
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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.
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Avanti User Group Conference - See you next week!

Discover the Possibilities...Uncover the Value

Avanti's Annual User Group Conference, takes place next week, 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.


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


Can't make it? We'll be tweeting LIVE from the event
#AUGC15 | @avantisystems


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Do you sometimes find yourself challenged by a project and wish you had somewhere you can quickly turn to for advice?

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

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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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