GRA 743 – Week 12
• Unified workflows achieve many different tasks within an organization.
One common trait is that unified workflows should break down silos between key departments
within an organization
A key component of unified workflows is workflow efficiency
To do more in less time with less resources
This is more important in today’s economy as we weather a recession, reduced profits, and over
Unified workflows also create value added service for product differentiation.
The client becomes more involved in the process, making it convenient for them to do business
Unified workflows allow for more accurate cost tracking, process monitoring, and faster
response times to problems that arise.
Regardless of vendor, scope, or application, the concept of unified workflow is to make the
process of doing business more dynamic, adaptable, and productive.
It saves time by automating tasks that would ordinarily take an operator time to do
It also reduces errors caused by human intervention
Unified workflows have many ways to achieve this:
• Web portals for job submission, approval, and corrections.
• Used in conjunction with upload processing rules ¡E Automatic job tracking, docket
creation, and email notification
Detailed Job Tracking
With the advancements in MIS and JDF, it is possible to keep track of costs and profits for jobs in
ways never before achievable.
With unified workflows, the goal should be to reduce costs that are not directly related to run
It will help you identify areas where costs are high and develop strategies to reduce those costs.
• Spoilage resulting from excessive make-ready times on press and in the bindery
• labour costs for repetitive procedural operations
Print is price sensitive, and buyers tend to lean towards the cheaper bids.
Reducing operational costs can improve profit margins while maintaining competitiveness.
More commercial printers are diversifying to include digital printing, VDP, and fulfillment into
their product offering.
For maximum flexibility • having workflow integration that allows for control and diversification between different
Procedural integration attempts to limit the amount of reworki