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Jun 3, 2011 12:00 AM
Avanti Computer Systems Ltd. completed its 19th annual user’s conference in Washington, DC, with a mix of in-plant and commercial print providers. The conference provides Avanti customers an opportunity to network with peers and swap ideas that they can execute as soon as they get back to their shops.
The three day conference, sponsored by Xerox, HP, Gimbel and Associates, and Pageflex, kicked off with a keynote address by Patrick Bolan, Avanti’s president and CEO. Bolan focused on the company’s 2011 strategy and vision. “Printers are redefining themselves, and their business management software has to change to help them do so,” he said. Automation, integration and cloud computing were dominant themes this year.
Other conference highlights included presentations from Sappi, Print Art and PIA, and break-out sessions focusing on hot print industry topics geared towards management, operations and executive level attendees. The event also included tours of Avanti users’ shops.
Frank Nardi, vice president of operations for NJ-based Print Art, talked passionately about how the company was able to completely transform itself by challenging the status quo, developing a personality and a fun and energetic culture that is attractive to both customers and employees.
“Frank’s presentation really resonated as our company has experienced this need for change as well as many others, I’m sure. A lot of print providers are stuck in the ways of the past and believe that what worked 10 years ago can still work today,” says Kevin Lanuke, president and CEO of Blitzprint. “Frank demonstrates the importance for companies to step out of their comfort zone.”