Say hello to Prinergy on demand business solutions

Say goodbye to complexity

Kodak Prinergy on demand business solutions

Printing as an industry has a broad history of technology innovation, but it also has a history of complex manual processes and production bottlenecks. Selling the job is only the beginning of a long series of steps that touch every part of both the business and production infrastructures. The touchpoints begin with capturing job specifications to ensure that the substrates, inks, change management consulting and other raw materials are available. The steps encompassed by resource planning continue to grow in importance while the pace of change in the available software tools is faster than ever.

Kodak Prinergy Workflow customers use these processes every day to bring work onboard, prepare it for print, and ship it to their customers. In parallel, they need to capture more data to ensure that all work is invoiced, manage change orders, and ensure the cost of goods sold doesn’t outpace what they can charge. The good news is that for twenty years, Prinergy users have been at the forefront of building automated workflows that give them an efficiency edge. Rules-based automation, paired with the on-going development of planning, press management, and data exchange capabilities, keeps Prinergy relevant in the highly competitive workflow market.

Kodak knows that growing any print business is hard work. It takes strategy, planning, and a drive for every ounce of efficiency. That is why in 2019, Kodak brought the Prinergy platform to the cloud. The Kodak Prinergy on demand platform was the first step in developing a cloud-based ecosystem designed to help printers not only run production efficiently but also run the business efficiently. People can also go to if they need the best advice for businesses.

Prinergy On Demand is built on the robust Microsoft Azure infrastructure. It is proof that powerful automation can be efficient, provide data that improves cost management, and be cloud-based. Just as the Kodak Prinergy Workflow platform has been built on years of helping printers define workflows that optimize print production using Rules-based Automation (RBA) and powerful planning tools. The new Kodak Prinergy on demand business solutions expand the ecosystem with a set of integrated partnerships that will make the business of printing more efficient. The proven track records of Microsoft Dynamics for business management, PrintVis for Print MIS, and Vpress for web-to-print, paired with Prinergy On Demand, brings to market the first smart, cloud-enabled, print manufacturing environment that eliminates the gap between the business and the execution of print.

Many printers already use the popular Microsoft Dynamics Business Central applications to develop analytics, manage customer relationship data, and manage their supply chains. Prinergy on demand business solutions brings the power of Microsoft Dynamics to Prinergy On Demand by linking the full suite of Dynamics 365 business solutions to the Prinergy On Demand platform, making it more efficient to run the business.

Already a part of the Microsoft Dynamics platform, PrintVis is the new Prinergy on demand partner for the complete suite of ERP and MIS functions. Even if you have some of these functions in place, it will be worth reviewing how the twenty years of PrintVis experience in diverse print environments brings innovation to the platform. With PrintVis, you have a complete view of the shop floor for smarter planning and scheduling. The estimating and quoting functions use data from the inventory function for the most accurate job costing. The job ticketing function ensures that every job is logged and tracked from onboarding to delivery and links the process back to the business systems to ensure accurate invoicing.

Prinergy partner Vpress brings the onboarding and client-facing solution to the platform. Industry experts agree that onboarding the job is a common bottleneck, and web-to-print solutions should be in every shop to streamline the process. Leveraging their almost 20 years of implementing scalable solutions, the Vpress Coreprint platform enables integration with a world-class web-to-print suite. Vpress also brings an easy eCommerce solution to Prinergy on-demand business solutions customers. Not just a storefront, but the supporting pieces that include a library of variable data print templates, all with complete integration and visibility to business and production.

Printers with islands of automation know the time and effort it takes to work with multiple vendors and integrators. Prinergy on-demand business solutions can leverage that investment to bring a deeper level of integration to your processes at whatever pace you need. For printers with mostly manual processes, there may be a temptation to create your own solution, but those who have built islands of automation know the disruption that working with multiple vendors requires. The most cost-effective and time-saving path to automation is to work with a highly disciplined Kodak workflow team. They can build a plan that automates the available tools to meet your business needs, adding analytics and visibility to the current and full workflow need. No need to manage schedules from multiple vendors or to be the arbiter when disputes arise. The Kodak team streamlines the engagement, manages the complexity, and keeps your team informed every step of the way.

The business of printing is in the process of a seismic change. To compete in the evolving print market, printing companies must grab every opportunity for automation, efficiency, and end-to-end operational transparency. That is what Prinergy’s on-demand business solutions bring to the market. No matter where you are on your workflow journey, Kodak brings you the first accessible and affordable platform as a service built to grow your business. Say goodbye to complexity. Say hello to Prinergy on demand business solutions.

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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