Interquest Reports Successful Government/Higher Ed Digital Printing Forum
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.
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 users sharing their experiences with digital printing, and discussing opportunities and challenges in their print operations. Speakers included: Leslie Rutledge, Director of Graphic Services, Brown University; Scott Sigwalt, section chief, Printing & Media Services, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); and Robert C. Tapella, 25th Public Printer of the United States.
The 2011 Digital Printing in Government & Higher Education Forum was sponsored by leading industry players in the market including Canon/Océ, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, MGI and Xerox, with additional support from the Federal Electronic Document Systems Association (FEDS), the Association of College and University Mail Services (ACUMS), the Franklin Technical Society (FTS), the Interagency Council on Printing & Publications Services (ICPPS), the National Association of College and University Mail Services (NACUMS), Xplor Mid Atlantic Region (MAR), and In-Plant Graphics.
The event is targeted at government and higher education users, including publishing and graphic services, in-plants and CRDs, print and mail services, IT/data center operations, purchasing and procurement departments, and communications professionals, as well as service providers.
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, INTERQUEST is a market and technology research and consulting firm in the field of digital printing and publishing. For more than two decades, INTERQUEST has produced landmark multi-client market research studies on topics such as digital printing, print-on-demand, transactional printing, color printing and variable imaging, paper and pre-and post-processing/finishing, and workflow. In the past two years INTERQUEST has published several landmark studies related to digital printing in the government and higher education market.