Melbourne-based wide-format specialist Vivad will be investing more than $100,000 towards a software project following support from the Victorian Government.
The company’s owner Ewen Donaldson said the funding is a result of its application for the Victorian Government’s $5 million initiative called the Technology Adoption and Innovation Program (TAIP) earlier this year, designed for Victorian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to on-board innovative technologies or develop innovative, new and commercial technology.
“The scheme is designed to enable businesses to contribute to Victoria’s economic recovery,” he said.
“We saw this as a great opportunity and applied. We were incredibly excited to learn that we were successful. This meant that we could spearhead our software project during the pandemic and emerge stronger on the other side.”
The TAIP grant is a dollar-for-dollar co-contribution scheme, generously supported by the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions.
Over the next 12 months, Vivad will be investing over $100,000 in this project, which is a web-to-print portal that builds on its Vivtrack 3 solution.
“For over 20 years, Vivad have been working in earnest to fulfill our vision, which is to provide our customers with a seamless on-line user experience, where they can order a wide variety of large format print products in one sitting. Of course, developing a world leading web-to-print portal is not so much as a destination, but an ongoing journey,” Donaldson said.
“At Printex, in 2019 we launched the latest version of the portal with the release of Vivtrack 3. We had an incredible take-up from the industry which has now grown to a solid base of 2400 registered users. Customers are loving the convenience of ordering on-line as well as Vivtrack’s many other features.
“In one sitting, you can choose from hundreds of print products, customise the options and size, design or upload your artwork and have the whole job full-kit and in the print queue.
“Since the launch, we have been listening to our customers and planning the next phase of the development. Part of this includes rewriting some of the older backend components using a more modern framework.
“The project is already underway and customers are already enjoying the benefits of increased speed, more features, and a better user experience.”
Donaldson added that he expects the project to be complete in mid-2022.
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