Author: Bernd Zipper

Founder and CEO of zipcon consulting GmbH, one of the leading consulting companies for the print and media industry in Central Europe. The technology and strategy consultant and his team actively support practical implementation in a wide variety of customer projects. His work involves developing visions, concepts and strategies for the players active in the print production process across a wide range of industries. His areas of expertise include online print, mass customization, strategy and technological assessment for print, and the development of new strategies in the print and media environment. Bernd Zipper is the creator and chairman of Initiative Online Print e.V. and, in addition to his consulting activities, is an author, lecturer and sought-after speaker, orator and moderator. His visionary lectures are regarded worldwide as trend-setting management recommendations for the print and media industry. (Profiles also in Xing, LinkedIn).

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It is a major decision whether the main components of a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system should be provided on dedicated servers within the company (on-premise) or in the cloud. Different options and costs depend upon this decision. Some vendors offer a mix of models where the cloud software is hosted on a company’s private servers. However, to consider the advantages and disadvantages, one should make a clear separation.

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The individual surveys of companies in the printing industry are highly varied. While some have arrived at around 75% of the previous year’s level of sales, others have seen their machines standing idle for at least one shift. Is this the calm before the insolvency storm?

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The web-to-print provider Be.Beyond announced last week that it will be offering an interface to Flyeralarm. The Lead-Print system is currently well positioned in the B2B sector and professional drop shipping is already a common practice. Their experience can now be transferred to the B2C sector. There will be a “pre-filled” web shop, i.e. a white label solution for all printers in German-speaking countries.

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What a first half of the year! We started off at full speed and successfully completed the 8th Online Print Symposium. We never thought that it would remain perhaps the only major industry event this year. This made the decision of everyone who had decided to participate all the more fortunate. Trend-setting presentations and inspiring conversations in between are really worth their weight in gold for the participants of today.

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At the Online Print Symposium, the speakers are “hand-picked” from a wide variety of backgrounds and all have a unique history. Nevertheless, some still distinguish themselves even when they reach the top. During the 8th OPS, held at the beginning of March this year, Patrick Leibold from the Kartenmacherei received some of the very best feedback.

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On July 14, 2020, CHILI publish and Sitecore announced their collaboration. The goal is to create an optimal process for creating content to be distributed in various media. The core of the solution is the Sitecore Content Hub, which allows content from different data sources to be centralized. The CHILI Publisher converts original designs, based on the various assets, into so-called “Smart Templates”.

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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is no longer going to drupa! What would the cinema be without popcorn? Is that even possible? Sure, it is, it’s just less fuel. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has been the driving force and designer of drupa since 1951. The German company, under whose influence the meeting of the printing and paper industry established itself as the leading global trade fair, will no longer be located in Düsseldorf? Is that possible?

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On an incredibly hot day, the ” Best of BEYONDPRINT ” and the ” Best of BE.BEYOND ” met up. This meeting was exciting, but not because of the alliteration. What was exciting was the current topic of “Success before, during and after times of crisis”, which Bernd Zipper addressed with André Hausmann. Most people know BE.BEYOND under the name of LEAD-PRINT. One could almost say, it’ s a kind of “hidden hero”.