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

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.”

Following the keynote, Biscos 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: Greg Estep, superintendent of the press division, GPO; Walter Wingo, superintendent of the binding division, GPO; Kate Dunn, president, Digital Innovations Group; Richard Beto, director of document solutions, University of Texas at Austin; and Jeff Yake, printing officer and head of the printing management section, Library of Congress.

Following lunch, executives from leading printing systems vendor companies provided updates of their strategies and developments for the government and higher education markets. Speakers included: David J. Murphy, director of marketing, Americas Graphics Solutions Business, HP; Bruce Collier, vice president, U.S. Customer Operations (USCO), Xerox Corp.; and Robert Riendeau, enterprise account manager, EFI.

Toby Cobrin, a director at Interquest, presented key findings from recent Interquest research in the government and higher education printing markets. Among the topics discussed were variable data and personalized communications, the synergies of electronic delivery and print, and opportunities for growth and innovation.

The day ended with a panel of management-level printing professionals from in-house print/publishing operations in government and higher education discussing current and future needs from suppliers. Speakers included Jeff Yake, printing officer and head of the printing management section, Library of Congress; Sam Kasmai, associate director, Print Services, George Mason University; Wilma Grant, publishing and website manager, Supreme Court of the United States; and Kelly Hogg, director printing services, University of Virginia.

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