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Optimus dash MIS back at the office
for real-time transparency and to
Optimus dash was launched in 2010
and continues to receive regular
updates throughout the year to ensure
dash continues to evolve to meet the
changing needs of the industry.
Finance options are available upon
request and subject to project scope.
PrintIQ is the new breed of print
management system that looks to stand
out from the traditional MIS products
on the market. It is web-based product,
which by definition means that
everyone accesses the application from
an Internet browser. Production-staff
manage the factory while customers
quote, order and track, all from
any where in same application. With no
software to install, no separate web
portal or online ordering system to add
on, printIQ says it represents a
quantum shift from what most printers
are doing now.
The main differentiator between
using the printIQ MIS as your W2P
solution is that printIQ is more than
just a shopping cart. It combines the
power of the Quote Intelligence pricing
engine with an integrated online
ordering process to give your customers
an online experience specifically
designed for the complexities of print.
The combination also removes the
need to integrate the online order with
your MIS. With printIQ, the online
order hits production as soon as the
order is confirmed by the customer.
This is a smart move given that
integration is rated as one of the biggest
frustrations with IT systems.
PrintIQ is one of the few print
ma nagement systems produced locally.
It was created by IQ which has
development and support staff in both
Australia and New Zealand. Being
local and working alongside customers
has produced a competitive advantage
for IQ, and their openness and ability
to customise for their customers has
helped them conver t a veritable who’s
who of local printers to their MIS.
PrintIQ supports many segments of
the industry from digital and offset
printers, through to wide format and
signage companies, with each segment
having an option tailor-made for their
industry. The new additions of mail
and design are now creating quite a stir
in the industry.
PrintIQ also enhances its offering
with a range of additional modules. The
IQconnect enfocus Switch module
allows printIQ users to utilise the
perfect automated workflow,
encompassing Enfocus Switch, Pitstop,
and Impostrip from Ultimate. printIQ
Customers can now have a lights-out
process to take an order from the web
and push it through to the press
without operator inter vention.
QUOTE & PRINT MIS
Established in 1981, Quote & Print
Software says it is the oldest and largest
Australian print ERP company, with
approximately 600 customers in nine
countries. The company has spent 16
years upgrading and re-writing
software, using the latest Microsoft
technology and the Cloud. Q&P plans
to release the beta test version of the
Cloud Software at PrintEx 2015 to get
feedback from customers before
releasing it later this year.
A company using Cloud software
saves approximately 30 per cent of its
IT costs as they do not need expensive
in-house IT infrastructure such as a
server, server software, a LAN,
software. It also gives them
information anytime, anywhere, such
as quoting at customer sites or working
from home or overseas or using a
notebook or Apple mobile device.
Q&P will have a utility to convert
current data files for customers. The
software will generally be sold as a
rental product, and is designed for
printers from one to over 50 users.
Q&P will continue to support, market
and enhance current software versions.
EstimatePro was four years in planning
and development and has now been
live for other two years across a
growing customer-base in the UK and
Australasia. The company considers it
the next evolution from Tharstern’s
Estimating Classic module.
It actively transitions the quoting
process from a handful of specialists to
anyone who can accurately describe a
job. It also takes the core quoting
function a fraction of the time it took
previously with consistent and accurate
pricing every time.
The latest major update was released
in mid-April, combining a range of new
functions including richer integration
with Tharstern’s Sales Order
EstimatePro is the new Tharstern
MIS backbone. It suits any size
business in the digital, offset and wide-
format space where future
permutations will include label work.
Currently, labelling and packaging is
still managed in Estimating Classic.
All sales invoices and purchase
requisitions are generated out of
Tharstern Primo and linked to the
numerous reports that come standard
with the system. Tharstern can link to
any number of accounting solutions -
Xero (Saas cloud and growing in
popularity), Sage 50 and Sage 300 are
the most used, but it also works with
other accounting packages on request.
Tharstern currently has partnerships
with Fuji Xerox and IBM Global
Finance, who can provide flexible
terms to printers wanting to effectively
pay for the solutions whilst they are
using and taking financial advantage of
the benefits they bring.
Quote & Print MIS
(left) and Tharstern
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