The Big Picture - March 2014 - (Page 24)

Front- and Back-End Tools More than 30 sources for business-and-management software. Yes, the production and installation aspects of a job are terribly critical - after all, clients are paying you for top-quality work done within their often-unreasonable time constraints. But just as important in ensuring that a project is produced efficiently and profitably are the various front-end components - estimating, managing inventory, project scheduling - and an assortment of back-end aspects - warehousing, shipping, invoicing, and so on. Business-and-management software can help you successfully address your shop's front- and back-end challenges. The right software puts in place a variety of systems, tools, 24 THE BIG PICTURE March 2014 and strategies that can make your company more effective at what you do. It helps you take the guesswork out of profitability when it comes to these aspects of your shop workflow. In our look at business-management software that follows, we've focused on standalone tools that are primarily geared toward print providers (not generic business software), and we've noted when software is specifically engineered for digital print work and/or specialty graphics. We have not included RIPs that simply have business/management modules or features (but see the sidebar), nor have we included software aimed at production processes.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Big Picture - March 2014

The Big Picture - March 2014
Wide Angle
Up Front
Inside Output
Business + Management
White-Hot: Five Shops Explore White Ink
Great Ideas: ISA Expo 2014
Front- and Back-End Tools
Job Log

The Big Picture - March 2014