Having recently published our commercial printing accounting software guide, we thought it would be useful to share some software success stories directly from companies in the industry.
Today’s profitable commercial printing businesses increasingly rely on robust business software to help answer some of their toughest management questions, such as:
- How can we more accurately and efficiently communicate order information through the enterprise?
- How can we precisely assign costs to business sectors to improve our visibility of which areas are driving profitability and which need improvement?
- How can we maximize throughput and revenue opportunities by better leveraging our investments in human resources and equipment?
Each of the software options selected in the four case studies highlighted here represent very different approaches to solving these issues. The variety of solutions illustrates the reality that one size does not fit all when it comes to accounting, ERP, estimating, MIS, and business management software solutions for the print industry.
Let’s take a closer look at each company’s decision:
Dynamics NAV provides 50% reduction in order processing time
“After considering our options, we chose Microsoft Dynamics NAV over competing offerings for three reasons: superior technical flexibility, the partner ecosystem, and a long-term cost advantage.”James O’Brien, President, Print Management Partners.
Decision overview: Since their operations expand beyond commercial printing into distribution and business communication management services, Print Management Partners required the flexibility offered by a mainstream ERP solution.
|Company||Print Management Partners|
|Business model||Business communications solutions, including printing, distribution, and marketing|
|Company size||100 employees|
|Product implemented||Dynamics NAV by Microsoft|
|Implemented by||Solution Systems|
Accura Print MIS System provides commercial printer with new confidence in estimating accuracy and quick ROI
“When we saw Accura it all made sense, it connected all the dots - this was something with which we could work. The pricing of Accura was also very competitive compared to others, and had a much lower ‘cost-of-ownership’ in terms of an ongoing full maintenance agreement.”Steve Larson, Co-Owner, C&D Printing.
Decision overview: With a focus targeted primarily on estimating and job costing requirements, C&D Printing chose a program strong in those areas, but which also offered additional modules to support future growth.
|Business model||Litho, screen, and digital printing|
|Company size||20 employees|
|Product implemented||Accura Print MIS System by Data Design Services|
EFI PrintSmith helps digital printer capture additional $3,000 of billable costs in first month after install
“Selecting EFI PrintSmith was an easy decision. Its intuitive interface was a key factor. From start to finish – estimating to invoicing – it was clear that PrintSmith could operate our business smoothly.”Todd Warren, Owner, MPI Commercial and Digital Printing.
Decision overview: MPI Commercial and Digital Printing needed to solve estimating and costing issues, but selected a product that allowed them to additionally incorporate invoicing, reporting, and e-commerce functionality.
|Company||MPI Commercial and Digital Printing|
|Business model||On-demand digital printing of advertising and marketing materials|
|Company size||Small business|
|Product implemented||EFI PrintSmith|
PrintVis shortens commercial printing invoice cycle from 10 to 3 days
“The ultimate goal for the business was to understand how our own business worked, where costs were incurred and where profits were created. Firstly we need to have a clear and effective flow of information from area to area and then use that information to make key decisions. The system has given us clarity in our thinking turning decisions that traditionally could have been seen as risky into an action based on solid facts with data to strengthen its case.”Andrew Jones, Group Managing Director, Stephens & George Print Group.
Decision overview: Driven by the requirement for a holistic approach to accounting and operations management, Stephens & George Print Group chose an industry-specific commercial printing ERP system.
|Company||Stephens & George Print Group|
|Business model||Litho printing, magazines and commercial products|
|Company size||220 employees|