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InfoTrends Expands Ultimate Guide Online, Adds Print MIS

(Weymouth, MA) April 10, 2012…InfoTrends, with the assistance of zipcon consulting, has expanded its Ultimate Guide Online to include Print Management Information Systems (MIS) which details product specifications for 10 leading Print MIS solutions in North America. The Ultimate Guide Online is a series of databases utilized by savvy print and marketing service providers to compare hardware and software before making their investments.

“Print MIS solutions are considered the brain of a print operation, holding all of the information related to production in one central location,” said Stephanie Pieruccini a Senior Research Analyst at InfoTrends. “This Ultimate Guide gives service providers an overview of key print MIS components and considerations when searching for the right solution to suit their business needs. It evaluates the current vendor landscape, provides an overview of core and developing components of a Print MIS, and features access to the in-depth online tool to compare the leading Print MIS solutions in today’s market.”

Adding Print MIS to your business requires considerable investment in terms of time and money. Making the right choice for your business is critical. A number of factors need to be taken into account when choosing the right Print MIS for your business:

  • Which solutions support your business needs, applications and production methods
  • Ease of reporting on information and data collected across the entire production workflow
  • What third-party systems can be integrated with a Print MIS
  • Considerations when it comes to Return on Investment (ROI)
  • The extent of internal IT support or professional services required to fully implement the Print MIS

"The challenge for modern MIS is to fill the gap between print production and the online world - just organizing print isn't enough anymore," said Bernd Zipper, founder and owner of zipcon consulting. "In the future, we can expect more MIS systems with an open architecture to connect online shops and online solutions for the printing industry."

The Ultimate Guide Online enables side-by-side comparisons of leading MIS solutions for the North American market. Each guide offers unbiased, third-party analysis from InfoTrends’ analysts, with real-time updates as the market evolves. Using this tool can cut months of research time when evaluating equipment and software purchases.

Ultimate Guide users can choose from basic or premium access. Basic access is free and offers fundamental product information, limited side-by-side product comparisons, and more. Premium access extends the value offered by the Ultimate Guide Online, with in-depth product information, unlimited comparisons, print and export tools for saving and sharing comparisons, access to InfoTrends analysis reports, and much more.

Ultimate Guides are currently available for Roll-Fed Devices, Cut-Sheet Devices, Enterprise TransPromo, Multi-Channel Communications, Variable Data Publishing, Web-to-Print solutions, and now Print MIS. InfoTrends also plans to feature a Print MIS guide for the European market. For more information on these guides or to sign up for free access today visit today.

InfoTrends, a Questex company, is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. We provide research, analysis, forecasts, and advice to help clients understand market trends, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to grow their businesses. Additional information about InfoTrends is available on the Web at

zipcon consulting, based in Essen/Germany, and zipcon inpetto austria is one of the leading consulting companies for print and media industry in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As an advisory partner throughout the entire innovation cycle zipcon consulting is developing stategies and future orientated business processes for their customers.  During the last few years zipcon consulting developed the "Web-to-Print Study" for D/A/CH and more in-depth case studies for MIS, E-Business Print and Multichannel Publishing.

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