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The EDSF White Papers below were made possible by a grant from EDSF.
The printing industry is evolving, and with that evolution comes changing workforce requirements. With printers becoming more involved in digital services, new skill sets are required and these can be gained by hiring new employees or by training existing ones. Using Printing Industry Center research collected in 2005 as a benchmark, this study aims to show how dramatic these changes have been in the nature and number of employees hired in digital services today.
The paper was made possible through an EDSF academic research grant to RIT and was published in partnership with InfoTrends. (37 pages)
This research validates whether a quick print shop can not only provide good service, but be a "total" solution provider. It explores the current status of digital printing and the level of satisfaction with the equipment suppliers, understanding the differences of the quick print shop owners by looking at the strategies they use in running their businesses and by classifying customers into several "buying" groups to see whether their perspectives are similar or not.
The paper was made possible through an EDSF academic research grant to Shih Hsin University. (35 pages)
Transpromo is the buzzword which is capturing the print and digital transaction markets. A typical transactional document is intended to be held in the hand or viewed on the monitor for a minimum of 40 seconds. Many companies are coming up with various designs and color combinations for a transpromo document. However, the color values that can be safely and effectively used are still in question, and there is a need for determining an acceptable color gamut that people will readily accept. Pittsburg State University conducted research is to determine an effective color gamut to enhance the usage of web based transpromo documents.
The paper was made possible through an EDSF academic research grant to Pittsburg State University. (40 pages)
This report investigates color preferences in web design within a diverse population. The data includes differences or similarities based on age, gender, academic level, and professional career, and identifies color preferences in computer screen colorimetric space for web design. This information could provide beneficial information to graphics instructors, web designers and internet marketers developing targeted communications based of specific demographics.
The paper was made possible through an EDSF academic research grant to University of Northern Iowa. (19 pages)
For the fifth year, and as part of EDSF's ongoing research program to identify trends in the document communications industry, a team of consultants at Doculabs and faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a survey of firms that make significant use of document communications in their business processes. The survey examined three main themes: changes in overall budgets for document communications, electronic document delivery, and the use of digital color. (18 pages)
Printing industry analysts at InfoTrends and faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology partnered on this study aimed at providing insight on the perceptions, existing priorities, and future plans of those in the print-for-pay business and those who supply the industry. The report builds on the EDSF Supplier and Print Provider Surveys conducted in 2005 and 2006, and continues to expand on the research published in the Xplor International Technology Directions Survey. The report analyzes the print provider responses and then the supplier responses (with in-depth comparisons of the two groups in this category). This study is relevant to print providers, providers of products and services to the print-for-pay community and end-users who purchase print. (32 pages)
For the fourth year, and as part of EDSF's ongoing research to identify trends in the document communications industry, a team of consultants at Doculabs and faculty at the Center of Research in Information Management (CRIM), University of Illinois at Chicago provided the 2007 survey results. This study provides the opportunity to "drill down" into several important industry dynamics, including the use of electronic document delivery as a substitute for paper and the migration from bi-tonal print to digital color, particularly with the huge volume of transactional, service fulfillment-type documents. One of the striking findings is that these transitions may be slower than many industry insiders have forecasted. (21 pages)
Millersville University of Pennsylvania investigates the position for growth in the use of electronic document systems in the distribution of regulated financial information, such as shareholder reports and prospectuses for formal investment instruments. Evidence suggests a major change will take place in this arena in the next two-to-five years. This study will describe rules and regulations proposed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to the use of electronic document systems, the impacts of these rules, and trends toward the future based on the opinions of industry experts in related fields. This report was made possible through the EDSF grant/mentor program. (19 pages)
Wuhan University in China looks at the application of Content Management Systems (CMS) in the printing and publishing enterprises in China. The research points out the positive management impacts and competitive advantages achieved with a successful implementation. In addition, the study provides insight into how the geographic, cultural and economic differences impact CMS implementations throughout China. This report was made possible through the EDSF grant/mentor program. (39 pages)
Survey Finding: Thirteen Percent of Large to Very Large Companies Report Saving More than 25 Percent on the Cost of Print when an e-Procurement Solution is Used. In the interest of nurturing industry understanding and growth, Gartner and George Mason University collaborated on this study of print buyers' interests in and experiences with e-procurement offerings. Print e-procurement is the process by which buyers are able to electronically source, price, procure and possibly pay for printed materials. Today, W2P software providers offer print buyers and providers with tools that undoubtedly benefit both sides of the procurement equation. (33 pages)
This report studies the primary trends impacting the packaging industry. It will be of particular interest to members of the packaging industry looking at the direction their field is moving, as well as those exploring new ways to remain competitive. Key trends examined include, the role of increased governmental regulations, environmentally friendly and intelligent (RFID) packaging, and the impact of real-time scheduling and workflow automation. The report is made available through an EDSF academic research grant to Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. (42 pages)
The report focuses on in-plant printing facilities to gain a better perspective as to what role an in-plant print center takes within its parent organization when it comes to document management (DM), content management (CM), and knowledge management (KM) initiatives. The paper was made possible through an EDSF academic research grant to The California Polytechnic State University. (33 pages)
The report was designed to examine the implementation of MIS/ERP solutions in the print marketplace. Objectives of this report were twofold. The first objective was to identify the benefits and challenges being experienced by current U.S. users of MIS/ERP systems in the production printing arena. A second objective was to understand the reasons for non-adoption for non-users of MIS/EFP systems in their operations. The paper was made possible through an EDSF academic research grant to Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. (30 pages)
In a new study conducted by Gartner and the faculty at the George Mason University, in collaboration with EDSF, issues dealing with print in the Retail Industry are examined. This study highlights how store managers view and utilize print as part of their customer communication and business process. This year's study complements the study done in 2005 of the Financial Services Industry. (24 pages)
For the third year, consultants at Doculabs and faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago collaborate with EDSF to conduct a study to gain a better understanding of key issues and trends in the document communications industry. This study focuses on buyer usage patterns of document-based communications. This year an increase in the usage of electric document delivery was found, although corresponding print and mail costs are not declining. Another key trend is the growing use of data-driven digitally printed color documents. (28 pages)
Printing industry analysts at InfoTrends and faculty at Clemson University partnered on this study aimed at providing insight on the priorities, future plans, and perceptions of those in the print-for-pay business and those who supply the industry. The report builds on the EDSF Supplier and Print Provider Survey conducted in 2005, and continues to expand on the research published in the Xplor International Technology Directions Survey. In addition, the study strived to understand how the views of suppliers and print providers align, and reviewed how these views have changed over time. (76 pages)
Gartner and the faculty at the University of Connecticut, in collaboration with EDSF, conducted a study to identify the attitudes of business managers and to examine how they relate printing as part of their business processes. This study highlights how managers view printed information as part of their departments' business processes, and how these managers work (and don't work) with other departments to implement new technology. For this survey, which focuses on managers from the financial services industry, completed responses were obtained from more than 350 managers for analysis. (36 pages)
Consultants at Doculabs and faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago collaborate with EDSF to conduct a study in the first quarter of 2005 to gain an in-depth understanding of key issues and trends in the document communications industry. This study focuses on the buyers in the market and identified two primary themes in the response data. Organizations strive to find the appropriate balance between paper and electronic communications. (27 pages)
The objective of this study was to provide a better understanding of the advantages, disadvantages, and logistical issues related to creating and producing Variable Data Printing (VDP). Seven marketing firms that participated in the creation of personalized marketing campaigns were contacted. Qualitative research was used to acquire in-depth information using an interview process. A quantitative method was used to gather information from the printing segment. Forty-one printers responded to a survey gathered in person, by mail and on-line. Based on this information VDP trends within the segments are predicted. This paper was made possible through a research grant provided by EDSF to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif. (25 pages)
Colour management in the graphic communication industry offers improved job turnaround and colour accuracy. The objective of this paper was twofold: 1) Determine the strengths and weaknesses of current colour management implementations in graphic communications companies; 2) Identify developmental needs for graphic communications businesses and for vendors of colour management systems. London College of Communication, London, UK. (26 pages)
This two-part research conducted by Arizona State University consists of the findings of two market research studies: 1) the use and penetration of personalization in print and Internet industries, and 2) the consumer acceptance of personalization in print and on the Internet. The methodology of gathering the data was a multi-method approach - both qualitative and quantitative. This research was made possible through an EDSF grant. (42 pages)
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a relatively new technology projected to make bar code technology obsolete. A majority of respondents from the field of graphic communications believe that this will happen in five-to-ten years and digital printing technology will lead the way. The purpose of this research is to define RFID technology and project a timeline for adoption at varied levels and segments of the package printing industry. It seeks to identify issues and potential areas for further development for companies interested in printing RFID antennae and placing microchips in printed circuits. This paper was made possible through a research grant provided by EDSF to Clemson University, Clemson, SC. (19 pages)
Printing industry analysts at InfoTrends/CAP Ventures and faculty at Clemson University collaborated with The Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF), to conduct a study in the second quarter of 2005 with print-for-pay document service providers and vendors who supply them. This study was designed to gain an understanding of the current state of business, evaluate future trends, establish perceptions of customer expectations, and to identify and understand any gaps in perception between print providers and the vendors who supply them. (57 pages)
Job definition format (JDF) provides an open and automated workflow for print production. Printing vendors should expand their efforts to focus on the development of JDF technology. The primary objective of this research effort was to determine the global impact of JDF on the graphic communications industry and the adoption trends within the graphic communications industry for this new technology. This research also compares the graphic communications industries in the U.S., China, and the rest of the world regarding the adoption of JDF. This paper was made possible through a research grant provided by EDSF to California State University, Los Angeles USA and Wuhan University, China. (41 pages)
This study examines the future of catalog production in North America. The team gathered opinions from industry experts and catalogers pertaining to the future of catalog production in the United States; established the level of usage and dependency in catalog production on innovative technologies such XML and digital asset management; and identified key trends shaping the future of catalog production. This paper was made possible through a research grant provided by EDSF to Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. (27 pages)
The document industry is at a critical inflection point. EDSF conducted a survey to the document industry to further clarify the direction the industry is taking. This document provides interesting perspectives and raises questions. Funded by EDSF, this survey was completed by Doculabs and the University of Illinois at Chicago. (28 pages)
eBook technology emerged in the early 1990s with the expectation that it would pose a serious threat to traditional print publishing. This paper identifies the current adoption rate of ebook technologies in the book publishing industry. It seeks to identify the barriers and potential areas for ebook growth. This paper was made possible through a research grant provided by EDSF to Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. (18 pages)
The intent of this research is to determine the impact of numerous technological advancements within the flexographic printing industry upon our society. The study identifies global issues that affect business, driving forces within specific market segments, human resource issues, what average consumers will see in coming years, and issues that pose concern to an organization. This paper was made possible through a research grant provided by EDSF Pennsylvania College of Technology. (20 pages)
Are you getting your customer's attention? EDSF sponsored research, conducted by the Graphic Communication Institute at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, to determine how financial services firms (banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies) communicate with their clients. (20 pages)