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5 Reasons you Need to Upgrade or Replace your MIS

If you’re considering an MIS upgrade but you’re not completely sure if it’s the right time, then this article may be able to help. If you identify with any of the 5 key points below, then it might be time to make the leap and upgrade…

Posted by Paige Denton

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The History of MIS

If you've ever wondered how the concept of print MIS solutions started, and what problems they were intended to solve, then have a read of the below timeline we've put together.

In this brief history of MIS we take a look at where it all started, where it all went wrong, and how it all got back on track.  Intrigued? Probably not, but have a read anyway -...

Posted by Paige Denton

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XJDF v JDF – My thoughts after the CIP4 Interop

Twice a year something magical happens in the print industry. The key suppliers, normally indirect competition with each other, come together and work collaboratively, for a shared purpose. This unusual event is the CIP4 Interop and it’s a place where hardware and software vendors can be found working side by side, integrating with each other’s systems,...

Posted by Amanda Newman

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PRINTERS BEWARE - Could you fall victim to the emerging risk of Ransomware?

Printers are continuing to fall under the attack of the highly intelligent but destructive Ransomware. And just as the name suggests, the malware virus holds your files, servers and network hostage. Ransom notes appear across the network from the hacker, demanding money to be paid in Bitcoin in return for a decryption key that will disable the virus....

Posted by Paige Denton

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Top 10 Cheese Jokes to Celebrate Cheese Lovers Day!

There are some big lovers of cheese here at Tharstern, and when one of those lovers is in charge of Marketing - a blog about cheese must be made!

Posted by Paige Denton

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10 Misconceptions about MIS (Management Information System) Software.

One of our customers recently pointed out in their blog that, whilst the heart of their printing company was their people, their MIS was its brain. The article went on to point out that a successful MIS project goes beyond the software – making sure the people who will be using it are fully prepared is just as important.

We couldn’t agree more and that’s...

Posted by Amanda Newman

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5  Best Blogs to Follow in the Printing Industry

If you’re reading this, you’ll already know that blogs are a perfect way to find out facts and learn about new things – such as finding the latest trends in your industry, doing some market research, or even being a great opportunity for networking. The bottom line is that blogs are an extremely useful tool for any company!

You can find the most popular...

Posted by Paige Denton

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Why your customers are getting in the way of automation.

Whilst visiting a printing company the other week they told me that around 80% of the manual adjustments they had to make to artwork were down to incorrect specifications from the customer at the time of quote.  This isn’t unusual either.  In most printing companies estimates are produced without having sight of the artwork - it’s the nature of the...

Posted by Paige Denton

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Migrating to a new MIS -  a 4 step guide

You’d be forgiven for breaking into a cold sweat after reading the title of this article – thinking about something that has the potential to disrupt yourself, your team and your whole business can do that to a person.

Posted by Paige Denton

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Customer Relationship Management – 5 good reasons to use a CRM

CRM - it's an often undervalued tool but it could actually be the most important weapon your business has in the battle to increase profits and grow your customer base.

In this article, I'm going to give you 5 key ways that you should be using CRM in your print business and give you a quick 10 step guide on getting started with your own CRM.

Posted by Amanda Newman

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