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CrawfordTech’s Weekly Reading List: March 30, 2012

Welcome to this weeks edition of the reading list. The Crawfordtech crew is fresh off the road from the AIIM Conference 2012 and the 2012 Xplor International Conference and Vendor Forum. There has been a lot of great interaction with people this week and we hope to continue that momentum as we move through 2012. With the shows the past two weeks we thought it would be good to hold some of the exciting news until after two of the conferences so you, our audience could benefit from the most relevant news possible.


Let’s catch you up on the news for the last couple of weeks; the news we have selected to highlight includes a look at what to expect from drupa in May, NFC-enabled ad in Wired magazine, how to gain access to multiple digital mailbox channels and for the print professionals a question that asks what matters more than price. Also of note are some new announcements from CrawfordTech including an acquisition anda new webinar for April!

If you are looking for something to listen to, then check out our link to the Document Strategy Podcast hosted by Kevin Craine.

Have you heard who we acquired yet?

5 reasons you should implement an ADF, and why it has taken until now to be able to afford it.

The Automated Document Factory, also known simply as an ADF, is an architecture developed by Gartner to address the unique problems encountered in high volume document production environments. While Gartner’s ADF 2.0 architecture was especially developed for printing and mailing operations, it is not limited to that use. 

Many enterprises use the ADF architecture to provide the basis for document production operations, such as transaction printing (bills, policies, etc.) and marketing collateral. ADF uses long established factory-like production techniques and applies them to document manufacturing to ensure lower costs, higher quality, integrity and process controls.

Traditionally, however, ADF solutions have been expensive to implement, putting them out of reach for many medium-to-large size print service providers. But the tide is changing – solutions are now available that bring ADF to the masses.

So, with that in mind, here are five reasons you should implement an ADF right now.

Meet Ernie Crawford and James Weaver at drupa 2012


Event season begins in Europe soon and this year sees the return of the ‘Olympics of the Print Industry’, drupa, held in Dusseldorf, Germany. As with the Olympics, drupa takes place just once every four years, so is highly anticipated.


drupa won’t be the only event highlight of the year, of course, but it is a major event in the calendar. Important and often industry-defining our Director of Business Development, James Weaver, will be accompanied at drupa by our President and Founder, Ernie Crawford.

Ernie will be travelling from our headquarters in Toronto to visit the event between 6th to 10th May 2012, and both he and James would like to meet you.

If you’re going to drupa you are most likely starting to have booked meetings in your diary already, so why not get some time in the diary with James and Ernie now?

CrawfordTech’s Weekly Reading List: March 16, 2012

Are you ready for the AIIM Conference 2012 in San Francisco? If you are, we hope to see you at the conference in between the many educational sessions, the opening reception and at our table in the solutions lounge. Be on the lookout for news coming right from the show floor of the AIIM Conference.


Speaking of news, this week your must reads include a 244 year old encyclopaedia stopping the presses, Digital Mailboxes popping up in Australia, the USPS to change Postal for Parcel and print that plays music.

In addition, we have our latest announcement in the Multi-channel and customer preference management space and an invitation to our April 4 webinar where you can learn all the significant savings and features of a Digital Mailbox Service.

Would you like to read all your mail from your tablet on your sofa?

CrawfordTech’s Weekly Reading List: March 9, 2012

March is shaping up to be a great month for the Enterprise Output Management and Enterprise Content Management markets. As we mentioned last week CrawfordTech will be attending the AIIM Conference 2012 in San Francisco and the 2012 Xplor International Conference and Vendor Forum in St. Pete Beach. The hot topics this year include multi-channel communications, Digital Mailbox Services, preference management and information management. Speaking of those topics, they are also in this weeks news.


This week your must reads include the death of POSTNET, WTF QR Codes, EMC’s decade long achievement and a search for the Eighth Wonder of the World.

In addition we have a new announcement from our Archive Management Solutions division that will give our customers more capability and flexibility when archiving native print files (print-streams) into EMC Documentum.

Would it surprise you that the Eighth Wonder of the World might have to do with Print?

CrawfordTech’s Weekly Reading List: March 2, 2012

Welcome to March! This is a month full of excitement for the High Volume Transactional Output (HVTO) print and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industries. Why? We have two of the most targeted trade shows in the industry coming up this month, AIIM Conference 2012 March 20-22, San Francisco, Calif., and 2012 Xplor Global Conference and Vendor Forum March 27-29, St. Pete’s Beach, Fla.


CrawfordTech will be at both shows as a sponsor (Gold at AIIM and Platinum at Xplor); if you are going to be attending be sure to let us know by dropping us a note or setting up and appointment!

With this being a busy month and a year where many companies are preparing for drupa in Germany this May, the news is plentiful. This week your must reads include commentary on new technology and the collapse of print, a review successful and not so successful Quick Response (QR) code usage, questioning death of commercial printers and a look at tasty presentations at Xplor that you can actually eat.

In addition we have an invitation to the next Xplor Webinar: Missing Statements, Reprints and Workflow Management: The Automation Journey of an Operations Manager.

Have you stepped into the shoes of your Operations Manager lately?