Selecting, contracting, and implementing business software for your print/graphics company is always a long-term project, one that is associated with long-term investments.
For this reason, it’s important in your selection process to look further than just technology. Before making your final choice, it’s crucial to know the market position of your preferred vendors. How fast are they growing? How broadly do they distribute their solutions? Are they independent and financially healthy? And are they financially capable of being at the forefront of innovation? In other words, are they able to survive the next 10 years?
After all, what good is the most suitable solution that will no longer be developed further shortly after your go-live or doesn’t even exist anymore?
Research Beyond the Functionality
When selecting a new print MIS/ERP solution, most organizations tend to focus too much on functions and features and the underlying technology. But while the available functionality is, of course, an important selection criterion, it’s a good idea to also look a bit further ahead.
How well is your vendor able to keep its solution suitable for you over time? How big is their earning potential that enables them to invest in R&D on a permanent basis – or even survive?
Here are some relevant questions that can help you measure the continuity outlook of the print software vendors on your shortlist:
- How many companies are actively using the solution at present?
- What was the growth rate of that number over the past 12 months?
- In how many countries around the world do they have customers?
- In how many countries is the MIS/ERP solution localized?
- How many countries have certified implementation partners for the MIS/ERP solution?
- How many countries offer local helpdesk support (language, culture, and time zones)?
- What is the size of the vendor’s annual R&D budget?
- Is there a publicly accessible product roadmap for the MIS/ERP solution?
- Is the MIS solution standalone or is it part of a larger IT platform that includes integrated ERP?
- What were the vendor’s financial results in the last financial year?
Answering these questions will help you to assess the likelihood of a bright future with your print management solution – one that includes continuous support, renewal, and breakthrough innovations. After all, you don’t buy a new system to use it for only a few months, right?
A Quarter Century of Innovation for the Print Industry
PrintVis is a Microsoft-certified MIS built specifically for the print industry, directly built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, the world-renowned ERP system for manufacturing businesses. For 25 years PrintVis has been built on and powered by Microsoft Dynamics. Our solution will fulfill both the most basic and advanced needs for all tasks and processes in the administration and production of prepress, press and post-press.
PrintVis offers an all-in-one solution for print companies of all sizes and types, including packaging, label, wide format, bindery and more, with a wide range of standard pre- and post-press processes covered through a simple setup. Our Assisted Setup implementation method covers the commonalities of most print companies, greatly decreasing deployment times.
All Over the World
PrintVis is sold and implemented exclusively through a network of highly skilled Partners to ensure local support and expertise on a globally-proven solution. Together they serve customers throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa – PrintVis has over 350 installations in 42 countries around the world and that number is growing every year.
PrintVis strives to offer the most precise, innovative and unique IT system for graphics companies worldwide. We are constantly developing and improving PrintVis, and we never stray from our high standards. Our PrintVis product is and remains a standard system, to ensure that our customers can evolve with the system as the surrounding world evolves. Our mission is simply for PrintVis to be the preferred operating system for graphics companies across the planet.
Take a Free Tour
Did you know we host a weekly, live online demo? Each session demonstrates a basic workflow for a common, printed product, from estimate to invoice. We keep it simple and brief (approx. 30 – 45 minutes per demo), so that you can get a general idea of the look and feel of PrintVis and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
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