A couple of years back while I was integrating a Prinergy system for a client, the tech rep who was in charge of the Integris install had a few war-stories to share so we swapped a few. I have some great ones which I will save for another blog post, but he had some good ones too.
He was responsible for doing some major integration work at Quebecor with regard to workflow. He wasn't a contractor there, just a salary guy, and maybe he knew a little bit more about those computer thingies than the rest of the guys. So he was lead-hand on a major WAN integration project involving Prinergy. He completed a major milestone, basically got everything to work and called the brass in. They took one look at it, saw everything was working, and then asked him when he was leaving.
Now you would BS to such a story thinking who could be such jerks to do that but I could share similar experiences, very similar experiences. I often wonder if that's why so many IT projects go over schedule, because the guys working on the project know they will be canned as soon as the mission is completed successfully.
Anyhow, I bring up this story because even in 2009, the vast history of the massive productivity boost in printing and prepress workflow remains unremarked and unrecorded. It's still going on today, but you would be hard-pressed to find a report of it. How many printers in the last year have let go some outside sales reps because of successful Google Adwords campaigns?
Well some blogs are at least asking the right questions, like hey look at how cheap those LCD TVs are getting