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Interquest’s Digital Printing in Government, Higher Education Forum Draws Strong Turnout

November 26, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Nov. 26, 2012—Interquest reported that its seventh-annual Digital Printing in Government and Higher Education Forum was highly successful. The event, which was hosted by the Government Printing Office (GPO) in Washington DC, drew nearly 120 attendees—20 percent more than the 2011 forum.

The slate of speakers from government and higher education shared innovative applications, opportunities and challenges in their work environments. In addition, Interquest presented the firm’s most recent research results for these markets and suppliers updated the audience on their companies and solution strategies.

According to Gilles Biscos, president of Interquest, “We had the perfect venue to network, educate and share information dealing with innovations in printing and publishing for government and higher education professionals. The GPO facility provided a wonderful backdrop for the conference, with the added bonus that GPO provided guided tours of its operations.

“In these challenging and exciting times, 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,” Biscos added.

Davita Vance-Cooks, Acting Public Printer, kicked off the forum with the keynote presentation, entitled “GPOs Transformation Toward an Official, Digital, Secure Platform.” The 151-year-old agency provides publishing and dissemination services for the official and authentic government publications to congress, federal agencies, federal depository libraries, and the American public.

GPO has faced challenges in the past few years with a shift from traditional ink-on-paper production to digital technology. But even with these significant challenges, it sees opportunity, currently engaging in strategic planning to ensure that the office has a roadmap to navigate the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.

“Our strategic plan is customer-centric, employee driven, and it addresses the four major critical initiatives that we think we need to survive: we must strengthen our organizational structure; we must engage our workforce; we must satisfy or stake holders; and we must offer relevant products and services,” Vance-Cooks said.

She concluded by noting, “The GPO views the challenges as opportunities to redefine ourselves. GPO is doing less conventional printing, but we are increasing our database capabilities. We are building best-in-class manufacturing operations. We are increasing our security printing capabilities. We are providing multiple electronic options. We are official, we are digital, we are secure and we are moving forward.”
 

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