Posts Tagged ‘MIS’

  • Tharstern ANZ all good with UK MBO

    It’s business as usual for all PRIMO users here as the local distributor welcomes the MBO as a guarantee of continuing healthy competition in workflow and MIS.

    Keith McMurtrie, managing director, Antony Lord, technical director and Lee Ward, sales director of the Lancashire-based software company have put their money where their belief is by taking a significant ownership stake in the business.  The three will retain direct day-to-day running of the business in their current roles after buying it from the family of the original founder, who set up Tharstern 30 years ago.

    "…investing in a future that will support the industry," Tresta Keegan.

    According to Tresta Keegan, managing director, Tharstern Australia  & New Zealand, the MBO has significant and positive implications. She is especially pleased that it will assure an independent future for the product.

    “Our M.I.S. won’t be consumed by a competitor buy out and then retired forcing users to change to other products they never wanted to adopt in the first place. There has to be healthy competition in the marketplace and PRIMO is an exceptional solution, certainly recognised by the number of printers signing up for it. We’ve taken six sites live in six months with a few of those sites being large, complex installations. With over 50 installations trans-Tasman and with Tharstern UK’s own customer base of 500plus companies, they had to take steps to make sure everyone was investing in a future that will support the industry, not subvert it.”

    Tharstern has a £4million turnover and employs 46 people, of whom 30 work from the headquarters at Colne, Lancashire, in the UK, with the rest field-based. Tharstern will remain in its 10,000 sq ft recently refurbished premises.

    Keith McMurtrie, Antony Lord and Sales Director Lee Ward at Tharstern's UK headquarters at Colne, Lancashire.

    This sentiment was echoed by McMurtrie in the UK as providing security and continuity, ensuring that Tharstern retains its brand and identity as a recognised world leader within the printing and allied industries.

    He added: “This move retains our independence and gives us even greater confidence for the future. It also gives us an even stronger platform for rapid growth in what we know is an expanding market.  Mobeus has proved itself to be a supportive investment partner and we will be working together to invest in Tharstern and continue the development of our market-leading product suite.”

    Tharstern, which has ties to all the major printing vendors, has been providing workflow and management information systems (MIS) to the global commercial printing and graphic arts industry for 30 years.

  • Ricoh moves into MIS with multimillion-dollar investment

    Ricoh is making the move into print management information systems (MIS) after making a multimillion-dollar investment in Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of MIS solutions for the print industry.

    Avanti, headquartered in Canada, provides print MIS software that helps commercial and in-plant printers streamline their workflow, resulting in greater productivity, customer satisfaction, and improved profit margins.

    With hundreds of installations throughout the commercial print and in-plant marketplace, Avanti will now be able to bring its MIS tools, including job costing, tracking and billing, scheduling, CRM, inventory management, warehouse and direct mail management, to an even broader global market.

    Ricoh says that Avanti’s core technologies are well positioned to complement its existing offering with advanced solutions for mixed environments with wide format, digital cut sheet, continuous forms, offset, and fulfillment and kitting operations. Ricoh is committed to providing printers with alternative solutions that support open industry standards and connections to key production print technologies across vendors.

    This represents the most recent investment by Ricoh to expand its reach across the print industry. Ricoh previously invested in PTI Marketing Technologies, a leading provider of marketing automation solutions for both enterprise users and print service providers. Ricoh says it is continuing to make these investments to further enhance the development of new management tools to help enterprises and commercial printers on their continued path toward efficiency and growth.

    “Avanti’s Print MIS capability is a perfect complement to our portfolio. In the same way we automate print workflow, Avanti automates the printer’s back office systems: inventory management, job pricing, estimating, and billing,” said Yasuhiko Hosoe, associate director and deputy general manager, Ricoh Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Company. “The investment also speaks to our ‘imagine.change.’ initiative — by enabling commercial and in-plant printers to streamline their businesses and seek efficiencies to lower costs, and improve their bottom line.

    Patrick Bolan, president and CEO of Avanti.

    “This strategic move, like our investment in PTI, further demonstrates our commitment to help companies imagine the changes that they can make to automate and improve their businesses, and most importantly, their customers’ experiences,” he said.

    Patrick Bolan (pictured), president and CEO of Avanti, said: “At Avanti, our priority has always been to invest in our people and our technology, which in turn, provides our customers with innovative, effective and award-winning software solutions.

    “This strategic investment by Ricoh means that we can accelerate product development and expand into new markets, and most importantly, ensure that both current and future customers have options when choosing a Print MIS system,” he said.

  • EFI snaps up two print software companies in a month

    EFI is at it again, snapping up international print software developers to build upon its own end-to-end software suite, this time acquiring European print management information system (MIS) company, GamSys Software – its second such acquisition in the space of a month.

    GamSys Software, a privately-held company, is a leader in ERP (MIS) systems for the printing and packaging industries in the French speaking areas of Europe and Africa.

    The addition of GamSys to EFI’s increasingly growing range of print software represents another notch in the company’s expanding belt, alongside other print software providers including Australian MIS provider Prism, Europe’s Alphagraph, the UK’s Technique and, as recently as early May, US-based printLEADER.

    “We are very pleased to have GamSys join the EFI family and our continually expanding portfolio of industry-leading business automation technologies,” said Marc Olin (pictured), senior vice president and general manager of EFI Productivity Software (“EPS”) business unit. “We look forward to continuing the high-level of support for their over 400 customers in France, Belgium, Switzerland and throughout the rest of the world have come to expect as they join our large global client base.”

    The acquisition of GamSys, based in La Reid, Belgium, looks set to deliver over 400 additional customers to EFI in Europe. EFI says that GamSys will become part of its existing software applications portfolio. EFI intends to integrate support and operation of GamSys into the existing Productivity Software organization, while continuing to enhance the product’s offerings.

    EFI says GamSys clients will also be able to take advantage of integration to EFI’s Fiery digital front end driving print engines from Xerox, Ricoh, Canon, Konica Minolta as well as EFI VUTEk superwide format inkjet printers.

    “GamSys is excited to join the world-class team of EFI employees and be a part of EFI’s strategic focus and investment in Europe,” says Patrick Vreven, co-founder and CEO of GamSys and now director EFI GamSys. “As our market continues to evolve, our customers will now have access to an extensive portfolio of industry-leading technology, with more options to grow their business, while continuing to receive the same high-level of support and attention they are accustomed to.”

    The acquisition of GamSys is part of EFI’s continuing strategy to corner the industry’s software products across the entire spectrum of print business, for all sizes and sectors.

    Following EFI’s acquisition of local MIS provider, Prism, the company’s Australia and New Zealand country manager, Anthony Parnemann, said that buying up MIS companies is simply the least time-consuming way for the company to build its global market share in the industry

    “The quickest way to reach the market share we’re after is by buying up these companies,” said Parnemann. “[EFI] didn’t have all the contacts with the customers, and the expertise. The acquisition brings in the expertise and their ideas, and adds to the framework of products.”