August 19, 2008
Pageflex and Enterprise Print Management Systems Integrate for Seamless Online Ordering and Business Process Automation
Pageflex, a division of Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS, www.bitstream.com) and a leading developer of enterprise variable data publishing and web-to-print solutions and Enterprise Print Management Solutions (EPMS; www.entpms.com), a leading MIS solutions provider for printing companies, announced the integration of their technologies: Enterprise Print Management System and Pageflex Storefront(TM) web-to-print software. This practical solution provides a complete, streamlined workflow that encompasses the automation of day-to-day business transactions and the simplification of online ordering, print production, finishing and product shipment. The first EPMS customer to implement the integrated technology is Artcraft (www.artcraft.com), a specialty printing and engraving company, that uses the system to manage their daily business and to process orders for engraving, embossing, foil stamping, offset lithography, thermography and diemaking.
"Finding the right partners with whom to collaborate is vital to our business. This integration provides our clients with a tool to better reach their clients. The Pageflex application is the strongest we've found and it's been a spectacular partnership for us," said Carol Andersen, Chairman of EPMS. "The flexibility of this system is second to none. It's a total solution that allows us to offer a better product for our customers."
The Enterprise Print Management System solution provides the tools to access, understand and evaluate all of the business processes that impact the success of Artcraft with minimal manual intervention. Pageflex Storefront is a turn-key software product that enables customers to define and manage orders placed with Artcraft. Jobs that are ordered through the Pageflex Storefront are automatically transferred to Artcraft without hands-on work, eliminating the possibility of transcription errors and reducing turnaround time. These systems integrate seamlessly to provide Artcraft with an easier way to manage day-to-day business, while offering a more efficient process for their customers and staff.
"We are very excited about the success Artcraft is seeing with the integration of Pageflex and EPMS," said Anna Chagnon, president and CEO, Bitstream Inc. "EPMS can now offer their customers a proven tool that can automate business processes while simplifying online, customized ordering. Artcraft can provide faster turnaround times on online orders and better manage their business to ensure future growth. For us it's a perfect partnership and an example of why we created Pageflex."
"Pageflex and EPMS together have reduced our overhead costs associated with processing jobs because the orders go directly from the web to press. We've also been able to take on more work without hiring more staff, a tremendous benefit that offers a solid return on our investment," said John Dumouchel, president, Artcraft. "This system not only works for our printed materials, but also modernizes the process for creating our engraved products. With this integration, we need just one system to handle all of our online orders."
About the Pageflex Platform
Pageflex offers unparalleled design control with powerful graphic design features created specifically for variable publishing. The platform produces rich, creative, award-winning document designs that look like they were given the individual attention of a graphic designer but were, in reality, created on-the-fly with Pageflex variable publishing technology.
The Artcraft Company is a 65-year old, family-owned specialty printing business. Since 1939, the company has enabled thousands of companies to distinguish themselves with engraving, a printing technique that dates back to the 16th century, along with other specialty printing techniques. Located just south of Boston, Artcraft is one of the most venerable engraving companies in New England. Today, Artcraft utilizes the latest technology in its in-house pre-press department and is equipped with offset presses, digital presses and thermography unites for raised and flat printing. Artcraft is a member of the International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA) and a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). For more information, please visit www.artcraft.com.
Enterprise Print Management Solutions (EPMS), a leading MIS solutions provider, is a company that has truly distinguished itself from its competitors, worldwide. Founded in 1989, the company has continually evaluated industry changes and issues, and has rewritten and updated its core product lines to reflect those changes and technical innovations. Hundreds of printing companies, of all types and sizes currently use the EPMS management system to effectively manage their businesses. For more information, please visit www.entpms.com
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) is a software development company focused on bringing unique software products to a wide variety of markets. The company's core software products include award-winning fonts and font rendering software, mobile browsing and messaging software and variable data publishing and Web-to-print software for personalized marketing. For more information about Bitstream please visit www.bitstream.com.
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