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Mar 24, 2011 12:00 AM
During the On Demand 2011 Exposition and the Publishing Xchange Conference, Mimeo Inc. (New York) received the inaugural “Business Transformation Award.”
Mimeo has transformed from a digital business document printer into a print technology platform that can support multiple sales channels. These include direct sales, self-service ecommerce, on-demand self publishing, global enterprise customers, offset partners expanding into digital, wholesalers and companies that monetize content with print. The transformation required a reengineering of the technology platform, from a closed system to an open platform where any part can be independently controlled and accessed via the cloud.
The change enabled Mimeo to move from one line of business (overnight document printing sold via a direct sales channel) into a company that can support multiple sales channels and new technology-driven solutions. The new channels and solutions are supported by fully customizable customer facing front end applications, wholesale print support and the ability to directly integrate the platform into partner solutions such as intranets and public websites.
Second place finalist Progressive Solutions of Santa Clara, CA, started 20 years ago as a print broker and has transformed to an automated workflow printer after the purchase of its first HP Indigo. After producing a custom stationary site for a client (TinyPrints), the firm extended its product development and automation. Frecklebox.com, which creates personalized products for children, is an example of one of its successful offerings.
Third place finalist DST Output (El Dorado Hills, CA) embarked on a strategy to address the challenging requirements of its financial, telecommunications and retail clients, as well as large company prospects that produce their bills and statements in-house. Investing in new technology, DST was able to create a cost-effective process for full-color, high-volume, high-speed printing of bills and statements.