Kodak Bankruptcy and Prinergy

by admin on January 20, 2012

Okay, the long-awaited Chapter 11 filing of Kodak happened yesterday.

As us tech dwebs know (and it seems sometimes that only us tech dwebs know this) it's relatively simple -- as time goes by -- to replace: consumables, digitial printing, equipment, and even ctp devices.

But database-centric prepress systems? Maybe not so easy.

So with Kodak heading down, down, to Chapter 11 and possibly liquidation in the sometime future, what is going to happen to the prepress system that is driving the majority of the world's offset printers' workflow?

Well, notso easy to figure out. First of all, from what I know, the various Prinergy teams are based in Vancouver (a shadow of its former self), Herzlia, Israel (staffing numbers unknown) and some parts of Asia (I heard Vietnam but what do I know? Probably wrong.)

There are former Prinergy developers working in Vancouver with most of the software development management team over at Copperleaf, with the notable exception of Dave Kauffman who is working with Tantalus.

As it stands now, I can't see any of them jumping back into the Prinergy fold to save it, as the heavy hand of Rochester is still gently guiding the product lineup of the old Creo gently down the flusher. Perhaps if the software division gets spun off, some might be persuaded to have a sniff as consultants. Of course, the code base of Prinergy now resides in Israel, so not so easy to figure out the communication issues around THAT issue.

Interesting to see, the irresistible force of Kodak mismanagement against the immovable object of the Oracle database of Prinergy that is at the heart of so many prepress systems across the world.

Interesting to watch as an observer. Not so interesting if you are participant in the drama.

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FubarGuy January 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

If the Kodak PR Machine is to be believed at all, and it’s hard to do that without at least a fair amount of skepticism, their print-related products are one of the most profitable parts of the company. Hopefully that’s true, for those of us that are heavily invested in, and dependent on Prinergy and Insite, et al. That’s not to say we *couldn’t* switch to another system, but the thought of how painful that would be makes me shudder.

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