5 Reasons Printers Don’t Invest in Workflow Software

This is the first article in a series of three that tries to answer the question of why companies are reluctant to invest in print workflow automation software. In this article we will discuss myths about workflows and explore if these myths are responsible for the reluctance to invest.

Before beginning, it’s important to note that this is not the first time this question has been asked. Other companies such as PrintFactory, Pyrus, Enfocus, and SOLIDitech have also discussed myths. Here is our take.

5 Myths About Workflow Automation Software

  1. “Automating the workflow means people will lose their job.

We recommendation hardware and software automation regularly. Automation may eliminate a task, but the decision to eliminate a full-time staff person is just that – a decision. Some companies feel compelled to reduce headcount to cost justify the investment, but others simply reassign staff to other higher value responsibilities.

In the vast majority of companies that we work with the staff are reassigned to other positions.

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About the Author: Howie Fenton

Howie Fenton is an independent consultant and trusted advisor to in-plant printers. He recommends equipment, best practices and workflow automation tools to streamline operations. To learn more about measuring performance, benchmarking to leaders, and improving your value e-mail Howie@howiefentonconsulting.com.

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