Maintaining Top Performance Print Software

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Reviewing OutputLinks Communications Group Services
By Andy & Julie Plata 

Can we all agree that production print is a software dependent business?

Yes, the printing press is critical, but it cannot produce personalized, high quality, error-free output without prepress, workflow, CCM, and mailing software.

To operate at maximum effectiveness printing presses, require regular maintenance and so does the software. Without consistent maintenance and upgrades, yesterday’s cutting-edge software can become tomorrow’s inefficient, legacy software.

Up to Date or Out of It

It is broadly accepted that technology needs to be kept current to avoid the risks of becoming obsolete, non-competitive, or virus prone.

Light bulb on fingerSome print operations may employ sufficient in-house skilled resources, with time available, to upgrade and replace mission-critical, print-related software platforms. However, many, if not most companies, lack the available personnel to consistently optimize, upgrade, or replace intricate software. That is when Software Assistance becomes a consideration.

Software in sophisticated production print operations is intricately connected to an array of other in-house and client-resident software and hardware

Digital BrianThe Software Assistance Choice
As long-time participants in the production print and CCM industries, OutputLinks Communications Group’s owners have had the opportunity to work and develop close relationships with some of the industry’s best technologists. 

Those relationships resulted in an impressive global network of professionals with deep expertise in production print technologies, systems, and processes.

The company’s Software Assistance division now provides access to those subject matter experts to help print users optimize production capacity. The Assistance team can be contracted as needed for technology optimizations, upgrades, and replacements.

Reinvigorate Print Infrastructure

Automation light bulbThe expense of maintaining a highly skilled IT support team often results in less than optimal production and profits. OutputLinks Group’s Software Assistance provides affordable access to technology-specific experts for maximum production efficiency.

Expert resources can now be contracted to fully manage or assist a client with component upgrades or even more extensive technology upgrades.

As-needed access to technology-specific expertise eliminates the challenge of how many people need to be hired and trained to maintain their print technology?

Cutting License Fees by Migrating Software

Software Assistance has helped 30+ enterprises save hundreds or thousands of dollars by migrating their print infrastructure to lesser cost print servers like IBM’s Infoprint Server. Past clients have included the world's largest financial institutions, automotive companies, and retailers. 

Project Management Expertise

Brain with arms and legsAll migration projects are delivered under rigorous project management best practices. Every step of the project is meticulously researched, analyzed, and documented. The goal – and the result – is a business-enhancing technically powerful IT print operation, optimized for efficiency, security, and production flexibility.

Companies of all sizes benefit when legacy software is upgraded and optimized to produce more efficient, more secure output.

Valuable software assistance brings different thought processes to the table. Recently, one of our large enterprise clients praised our team, saying, “We would never have approached the problem that way.”

Software Assistance for print technology upgrades, optimizations, migrations, and replacements – when needed, as needed, and only as long as needed.

Want to Talk?

We are happy to discuss if and how our Software Advisory Team might be of service to your immediate or future needs. To schedule a no-obligation call with us, touch the button below:

In Closing

We trust this introduction to our new Software Assistance division provides new options to help you reposition, secure, expand, and enhance your print operation to flourish in these “new normal” times.

Changing and challenging times can be leveraged for exciting new opportunities. Therefore, we hope each of our articles stimulates ideas for profit-producing initiatives.

Thanks for reading.

Promoting print tech for the digital age,
Andy & Julie Plata
Co-CEOs, American Printer, and the OutputLinks Communications Group

Stay tuned for our continuing Commentary on the changing print-tec industry environment and its effect on clients, employees, dealers, partners, and stockholders in the global print industry.

OutputLinks Communicatiosn Group



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