The Jan. 19-22 conference, which is one of the printing industry’s largest and longest-running users’ group events, features a solutions center and more than 200 technical, sales and business management sessions, including hands-on customer labs, interactive Voice of Customer sessions, user meetings for EFI Productivity Suite and MIS/ERP core platforms and a development track conducted by industry analyst group InfoTrends.
During his opening keynote for the conference, EFI CEO Guy Gecht stressed the need for customers to “bet on changes in the market forces to accelerate.” Successful printing businesses, he added, need to move with the window of opportunity. “You must be willing to take a risk. Doing nothing is a guarantee that you will be unsuccessful.”
Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, gave a special keynote presentation at Connect in honor of the conference’s 10th anniversary at Wynn, Las Vegas. Wynn provided a business lesson on his success, which, despite the luxury of his resorts, ultimately depends on creating a culture where employees gain a sense of pride and enhanced self-esteem through their work.
“Underneath every major business franchise is the question of ‘is it better? Is their price really justified?’” said Wynn. “What we’ve learned here is that only people make people happy.”
Customers at the conference are learning how the EFI Productivity Suites — a comprehensive, best-of-portfolio workflow platform introduced at Connect 2015 — improves users’ productivity, efficiency and profitability through “Suite Certified” workflows for specific segments. At this year’s conference EFI is doubling its Productivity Suite offerings with three new certified Suites for the quick printing, publication print and corrugated packaging segments.
Connect 2016 also features advanced EFI Fiery digital front end and software technologies for cut-sheet digital printing, including previews of Fiery Command WorkStation 5.8 and the newest-version Fiery JobFlow digital print workflow automation software.
In addition to highlighting advanced workflow technologies, Connect showcases how EFI customers across the globe create profitable opportunities with innovative, high-value and high-quality inkjet imaging applications. These customers are successful participants in the concept of “The Imaging of Things,” delivering greater product customization and appeal in everything from signage and packaging to décor, apparel and industrial manufacturing.
During his keynote, Gecht unveiled the Imaging of Things exchange (www.ImagingofThings.com), an online customer applications gallery designed to help EFI customers and print buyers grow their network and business relationships.
Connect’s solutions center features top technologies in the EFI industrial inkjet portfolio, including best-selling, entry-level and new, high-end hybrid LED printers with advanced, variable-drop grayscale imaging and industry-leading white ink. The Connect 2016 exhibit floor also features versatile, roll-to-roll LED printing technology from EFI’s recently acquired Matan product line.
Attendees can see a broader range of print application possibilities within the Imaging of Things with exhibits of jobs produced on EFI’s Cretaprint ceramic tile printers, Jetrion narrow web label printers and the company’s recently acquired line of Reggiani textile printers.