Workflow/MIS: Having fully integrated systems

This article first appeared in the September issue of Australian Printer, authored by Accura managing director Trevor Cocks

Printers around the world are all facing a “margin-squeeze” today – their bottom-line costs are rising in terms of materials, outwork, and labour costs, but their clients are resistant to this being reflected in the selling price.

This causes a squeeze on profits in the middle. Presented with this challenge, printers need to ensure that their in-house production systems are as efficient as possible. 

This can be achieved through streamlined automated processes, with minimal physical “touches” i.e. Web2Print, Management Information System (MIS) and downstream workflow systems need to be fully integrated to reduce admin time, processing times, and errors – thus increasing margin per job. 

Accura360 is an end-to-end MIS, Web2Print and CRM solution for printers. It is fully integrated – one solution from one vendor – and offers an array of modules including: estimating, production, proofing, invoicing, dispatch, purchasing, stock control, job costing, CRM and B2B/B2C Web2Print. Accura360 can operate on-premise or on a cloud-hosted server.

What is unique about Accura360 is that it doesn’t require any integration of Web2Print with MIS (it is fully integrated end-to-end), it uses all in-house technology without the need for multiple plug-ins, has a low cost of ownership, is easy to setup and use, and comes with on-site training from a print professional instead of a programmer.  

Migration involves data export from legacy systems into Accura360. Accura has a full pre-implementation process and system-built service available, so the client spends the least time possible on migration.

One example of a company that installed Accura’s software was No Time to Lose in Sydney. Previously, all of its processes were manual and as its business grew, this manual operation just could not keep pace, resulting in bottlenecks.

It needed an MIS system to improve business efficiencies. Accura was presented to this business in a professional manner, and it met all the requirements. Since installing Accura, No Time to Lose has dramatically improved its business efficiency, which has meant that it can take on a greater capacity of work with ease.

It took the company only three months to customise Accura to its business requirements and incorporate it into its ISO 9001 Quality Assurance processes.

Through feedback from clients worldwide, as well as its own market research and innovations, Accura aims to consistently re-invest in R&D, and introduce new features and modules into its software to keep Accura360 at the forefront of technology and market trends as well as meet the needs of clients.

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