Now customers can have an e-commerce interface.
EFI has extended support for its Digital StoreFront (DSF) Web-to-print solution to include native integration with the company's PrintSmith Print MIS system. DSF 3.3 allows print service providers to create an e-commerce shopping interface for their customers, and delivers back-end automation to improve profitability, the company reports. It features out-of-the-box integration with EFI’s Print MIS solutions, as well as direct connectivity to Fiery color-digital-print servers, EFI's MicroPress raster-based production-workflow solution, and EFI’s Vutek superwide printing systems via JDF.
"Integration is a big part of the DSF workflow, and building this connection to PrintSmith creates flexibility for a wide range of shops, from commercial printers to institutional in-plants and CRDs," says Chuck Gehman, EFI's director of product management. "With this new capability, customers can place orders on the Web and take full advantage of DSF‘s capabilities, while the print provider can manage their production via the familiar PrintSmith MIS system interface."
A range of configuration options are available; print providers can select the application hosting model that best fits their needs, including hosting the application themselves or relying on EFI to supply Digital StoreFront in a software-as-a-service model hosted in EFI’s data center (offering customers the flexibility to migrate from one hosting model to the other as business needs change). Either hosting option may be used with the new PrintSmith integration.