LaVigne Relaunches Business with KODAK EMS Business Software
Kodak (NYSE: EK) and Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC) today announced that LaVigne Inc., a leading commercial printer well known for its state of the art technology and high quality printing, is the first company to fully implement the new KODAK EMS Business Software, powered by Epicor. A Massachusetts based sheetfed, digital print and print optimization company, LaVigne is running its entire operation—front office, back office and production—on KODAK EMS Software, based on Epicor’s robust manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
“When LaVigne selected KODAK EMS Business Software, we knew that we were buying more than software from a vendor,” said Chris Wells, President and Chief Executive Officer, LaVigne. “Kodak has acted as a partner in the fullest sense of the word, backing up a superior technology solution with consulting and technical services that have enhanced the success of the product installation—and our business results. During the software implementation, Kodak also delivered lean consulting services that helped us reduce many hours of paperwork. The combination of process improvement and automation made us more efficient and has given us higher productivity gains.”
Complete Business Workflow Solution for Graphic Communications Businesses
KODAK EMS Business Software is a complete business workflow solution that helps manage the totality of a graphic communications business. This scalable solution can drive production at a single site or be used to link hundreds of users across multiple facilities. EMS Software integrates with other KODAK and third party products and offers JDF connectivity via KODAK PRINERGY Business Link Software. Leveraging Epicor’s innovative Microsoft .NET based service oriented architecture (SOA), KODAK EMS Business Software provides a level of functionality that extends beyond traditional print MIS.
The core EPICOR ERP solution, which has been extended by Kodak for EMS Software, enables users to manage the entire order cycle from sales through billing. Built on a 100 percent SOA, the combined KODAK and EPICOR solution enables continuous performance initiatives; real time connectivity between supply chain applications and partners; and greater business agility.
“Going live at LaVigne is a critical milestone on Kodak’s path to deliver a next generation business solution for the industry,” said Bob Kutschke, General Manager of Kodak’s Business Workflow Product Group. “Kodak is in a unique position to help print providers transition from traditional print shop orientation to that of a modern manufacturer. KODAK EMS Business Software offers a combination of automation and business intelligence that helps print providers not only reduce costs, but also to understand which jobs are best for their businesses. Our Estimation Module even suggests how individual jobs should be produced to best support a print provider’s unique business goals.”
In response to increasing demand for a scalable and flexible solution designed to meet the unique business needs of the graphic communications industry, Epicor and Kodak recently extended their relationship to form a long term alliance.
“The Kodak and Epicor alliance brings a tailor made business management solution to the graphic communications industry,” said Mark Duffell, President and Chief Operating Officer of Epicor. “Commercial printers now have a solution that offers the best of both worlds: Kodak’s print industry expertise and Epicor’s ERP/SOA expertise. Together, Kodak and Epicor will continue to keep KODAK EMS Software focused and relevant to this dynamic industry by bringing innovative features like EPICOR Information Worker functionality that will allow users to view and update EMS and EPICOR data from within MICROSOFT OFFICE applications.”
KODAK EMS Business Software is available directly from Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group.
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