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Interquest Reports Successful Government/Higher Ed Digital Printing Forum

December 5, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Dec. 5, 2011—INTERQUEST, a leading market and technology research and consulting firm serving the digital printing and publishing industry, announced a successful sixth annual Digital Printing in Government and Higher Education Forum. The event took place in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and drew nearly 100 attendees. Speakers from government and higher education shared innovative applications, opportunities and challenges in their work environments.

According to Gilles Biscos, President of INTERQUEST, “We attempt to provide an environment for education, networking, and innovation for print professionals in government and higher education. These are challenging and exciting times and we believe our attendees value the opportunity to learn from one another and find answers to the right balance of communication media as well as the role digital printing adds to the mix.”

William J. Boarman, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), kicked off the forum with the keynote presentation highlighting his organization’s history of 150 years of providing publishing and dissemination services for the official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, and the American public. He explained the changes that have taken place which have been facilitated by technologies and systems to deliver information. “We are not just the government’s printer anymore. Today we are the government’s digital information platform,” said Boarman.

Following the keynote, Gilles Biscos, president of INTERQUEST, presented key trends in the publishing, print-on-demand, transactional, graphic arts and in-plant markets. He also examined the impact of the latest vendor announcements and the synergies between paper-based and electronic communications.

A panel of government and higher educational print professionals explained how they leverage new digital printing technology to improve productivity and enhance the documents they produce. Speakers included: Shawn P. Magill, director of strategy & development, Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Document Services Headquarters; Jane Bloodworth, former manager, General Service Department’s Printing, Graphics and Map Design Unit, the World Bank; and Stephanie Hemling, copy center supervisor, Design & Print Center, University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Following lunch, executives from principal digital printing vendors provided updates of their companies’ digital printing strategies and developments for the government and higher education markets. Speakers included: Eric Rahman, vice president, Public Sector & Enterprise Business, Eastman Kodak; Blake McMahan, Business Development North America, Indigo & Inkjet Solutions, Hewlett-Packard; and John McGrorty, production color director, Eastern Operations, Xerox.
 

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