Author: Maximilian Spies

Max Spies, a true professional, is a printing technician and business economist. As an ERP specialist at zipcon consulting GmbH, he researches throughout the entire value-added chain and delves into the depths of the company's divisions. People, processes, and tools are equally important to him in his observations. With curiosity, backbone, and a healthy dose of the Allgäu's fighting spirit, he is able to gather information. His comprehensible expertise is the basis for result-oriented concepts in customer projects. Max Spies has been in the printing industry for 35 years, worked as a journalist for "Deutscher Drucker" and writes guest articles for the trade magazines "Druckmarkt" and "Grafische Revue Österreich". Prior to joining zipcon, he worked for an ERP software provider in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and is an active networker in this economic region. (Profiles also at Xing, LinkedIn)

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The current episode of the jabberfish podcast is dedicated to looking into the crystal ball: Where is the future of artificial intelligence (AI) heading? At the suggestion of Ingo Eichel (Adobe), Bernd Zipper and Haeme Ulrich discuss the developments at the intersection of real AI and machine learning.

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Bernd Zipper met digitally with Christoph Clermont and Christoph Schacht of Printess to find out what product this new startup has launched and what it’s all about. We have Printess here and two of its three founders are on the microphone, namely Christoph Clermont and Christoph Schacht. Hello, hello to you.

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Bernd Zipper talked to two of the three founders of printess, Christoph Clermont and Christoph Schacht, to find out exactly what printess is about and what makes it so special. The two veterans of the online print industry talk about their new web-to-print editor and explain the differences and improvements to the already familiar browser editors.

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Druckfisch.de has been developing and marketing webshop solutions for print stores for four years. The focus is on B2B offerings, i.e. enabling a print store to offer its own customers a web store. The company is not an inexperienced start-up trying out something new in the home office with a chai latte in hand.

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Ulrich Stetter is seeing red, but in a very positive sense: Redprintgroup.com is the new brand from Druckhaus Mainfranken, launched with a clear commitment to be the most affordable online printer in Europe. Is now the right time to start such a project? “Yes, absolutely,” says Ulrich Stetter, CEO of Druckhaus Mainfranken.

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It is not so easy to reconcile commercial and production workflows. Kodak is currently trying to do this with the software providers Microsoft, PrintVis and VPress. The goal is to develop a comprehensive software solution for applications of all sizes.

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Connecting software and ensuring data exchange between existing systems is one objective of the Industry 4.0 concepts. One difficulty encountered in practice is the automation of processes, as software packages are often incompatible. Interfaces between ERP system and production workflow are often non-existent or very expensive.

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