Kodak announces expanded collaboration with Microsoft

End-to-end business software solutions for printers of any application and size

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Todd Bigger, vice president, Print, Kodak

Kodak recently announced the launch of the revolutionary Kodak Prinergy on demand business solutions. Kodak has collaborated with leading software providers, including Microsoft, PrintVis, and VPress, to create a comprehensive software solution for all applications and printers of any size.

Kodak’s Prinergy on demand business solutions provide scalable, automated, end-to-end solutions that cover requirements from order to cash and procurement to pay. These new solutions help printers manage their entire business processes conveniently, smoothly and efficiently, eliminating the complexity and costs of integrating, updating, and maintaining numerous standalone software products from different suppliers.

Prinergy on demand business solutions combine full-featured Office, CRM, ERP, and MIS functionality with collaboration solutions, web-to-print, and the Prinergy on demand  production workflow in a single fully integrated cloud-based solutions platform. The cutting- edge software is hosted on Microsoft Azure, which provides security and the highest levels of availability. Kodak has enhanced the software with industry-specific analytics and AI capabilities and takes care of integration, IT administration, and ongoing maintenance through real-time managed services. The print-specific ERP / MIS component based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 business central came from PrintVis, while VPress contributed advanced web-to-print, eCommerce storefront, and VDP authoring functionality.

“Kodak’s Prinergy on demand business solutions bring the convenience and cost-effectiveness of fully-integrated, subscription-based software solutions to the printing industry,” commented Todd Bigger, vice president, Print, Kodak. “Printers get the peace of mind of seamless, automated, print-specific solutions without the finger-pointing, complexity, and hidden costs of having to integrate products from different vendors.”

“Delivering operational flexibility, actionable insights, and streamlined workflows, Microsoft Dynamics business central helps Kodak provide solutions that allow customers to focus more on their own customers and less on managing software and servers’,” said Cecilia Flombaum, Ecosystem lead for Microsoft Business Applications at Microsoft.

“We are excited to work with Kodak as a new PrintVis partner. PrintVis’ overall market presence will be strengthened with Kodak’s strong reputation and expertise in the print industry,” said Kasper Tomshøj, chief executive officer, PrintVis. “Together, we are able to deliver a full array of print-specific software for customers on a global scale.”

KODAK Prinergy on demand business solutions are available in the USA, Canada and Western Europe from the 1 January 2021. For more information, please visit www.kodak.com/go/Prinergysolutions

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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