“WhatTheyThink” about the PrintVis Solution for the Global Graphics Industry
This month WhatTheyThink.com, an online magazine for the printing and publishing industry, featured PrintVis in its Print Software Spotlight section. During the preliminary conversations we had with staff writer Jennifer Matt, it became clear that, above all other aspects of the PrintVis solution for the global graphics industry, the simple fact that it can grow – or contract – as needed, was the dominating factor that truly sets PrintVis apart from the competition.
As print companies across North America are hearing about PrintVis for the first time, they are discovering a new – and liberating – business model, heretofore unimaginable in the world of enterprise resource planning (ERP). The idea that PrintVis can flex from a straight-forward MIS for a mom-and-pop copy shop to a full enterprise ERP for a regional printing monolith means that true business intelligence is finally available for all who want it, not just for those with deep pockets. And no one knows better than YOU, our fellow printer, how valuable this flexibility is, given the volatile and ever-changing industry that we find ourselves in.
“An industry in transition, the print manufacturing industry continues to be defined by how much it is changing in reaction to our increasingly digital world. Because the market is in a state of “flux” around us we cannot look at the past or the state of our current business as a beacon for what the future holds. Print companies are contracting and expanding at a rate that was unheard of a decade ago. The rapid rate of change can make decisions that made perfect sense two years ago look downright foolish when evaluated under current market conditions. The easiest example is the new press that was purchased at a peak business moment which now sits idle in a contracting business environment.” – WhatTheyThink.com
PrintVis has been growing throughout Europe and Asia since the late 1990’s, built on the globally-proven foundation of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the world standard for small and medium businesses (like most print/graphics companies) – now in use by over 100,000 companies. Originating from one of the “world’s happiest countries,” Denmark, PrintVis ingeniously takes the needs of the print industry vertical and builds its unique tool sets directly into NAV. Why reinvent the wheel?
“In addition to the ability to “flex” with your business, the PrintVis solution is built on top of Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP solution. What does this mean? Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a global ERP system used by thousands of companies around the world. Microsoft’s strategy is for partners to build vertical specific solutions on top of the core ERP system. PrintVis basically added a “print specific layer” to the Dynamics NAV solution. Print is different than other manufacturing, but there are also a lot of commonalities. This strategy allows PrintVis to focus on what makes print unique and let the core ERP functionality be handled by Microsoft based on feedback from a huge customer base and a large partner community.” – WhatTheyThink.com
It’s More Than Just ERP
“Microsoft has a complete vision for business applications, and it goes beyond what a simple stand-alone ERP solution or accounting software can do. It starts with a unique combination of business intelligence, collaboration, and communication tools embedded across your core business processes. The result—empowered people who make decisions that help increase your margins, improve your cash flow, and ultimately drive your business growth.”
Now PrintVis is available to the over 27,000 print businesses in North America, with multiple, flexible deployment options and user types which give you the freedom to drive your business, and turn the old, underhanded model of selling you hundreds of high-dollar consulting hours after the software purchase on its head.
“The PrintVis MIS solution has a phenomenal product span, meaning the ability to “flex” in both directions, respond to growth and decline. Most Print MIS solutions are priced via the traditional software licensing model, you “buy” the product and then you pay annual maintenance. The PrintVis business model is simple and flexible. There is a single cost driver; the number of users (three different types based on roles offered at three different price points) on the system. If you’re a small manufacturing operation you can literally start with a single super user! ($299/month) This business model flexes with your business, as you grow you add more solution users, if you shrink; you decrease the number of users and the overall cost of the solution. Consider the positive scenario, you are a five million dollar operation today, you are on a growth trend due to some great sales efforts and some acquisitions of local competitors. If you move from five million to twenty million over a couple of years, you could be looking at as many as three painful Print MIS transitions. With PrintVis you would simply continue to add users as you grew and based on your IT expertise/preferences potentially move from a cloud based offering to hosting the solution on your premises if that made more sense for your new larger business reality.” – WhatTheyThink.com
PrintVis gives you a new way to manage your print business, starting at the true beginning – with the very way you purchase the business solution you need. We give you multiple user options, so that you don’t have to pay for unnecessary access. You can get real-time data from your production floor by giving your pressman a shop-floor user seat (just $59/month), and let your sales people connect from their tablet while out on the road, sending in quote requests, order confirmations and relaying job statuses to their customers while out to lunch (just $89/month).
“As cloud computing continues to disrupt the traditional software space, more and more products can be deployed like PrintVis where you can “lease” access to a very robust solution when you want to limit your investment and the need for local IT support and infrastructure. Without the advances in cloud computing, there is no way PrintVis could possibly offer their solution for as low as $299/month.
When the core platform is Microsoft based you get integration to other Microsoft products. The Microsoft Office suite and Outlook become an extension of your Print MIS system. For example, you can write reports using the Office suite and then bring them back into PrintVis. By utilizing the tools your employees are already familiar with (e.g. Microsoft Word), you can make adoption easier and reduce training because you’re using tools your team is already familiar with.” – WhatTheyThink.com
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As the print industry continues to adjust to the deluge of changes brought upon us by the digital world, what could be more important than acquiring the engine that gives you control over every corner of your business and then extends that power by connecting you – and your people – to that ever-expanding world-wide web? PrintVis with Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a system you can grow with and never outgrow. And once you have it in place, you can relax and focus on ways to improve your business, so that you can actually enjoy what you do! Learn more about PrintVis – Contact Us Today!
“As our industry continues to evolve and adapt to the new realities of the digital age, our print software infrastructure has to be able to flex and adapt with our business. Print MIS transitions are difficult and disruptive to your business, nobody wants to do a project like this more often than absolutely necessary. PrintVis gives you a flexible solution with a flexible business model that aligns your current use of the product with your current investment level.” – WhatTheyThink.com