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Rightsourcing is the answer for internal print departments

  • 11 October, 2004 10:36

<p>Whitepaper shows organisations can foster innovation and build strategic advantage
by supporting and challenging their internal print departments</p>
<p>Sydney, 11 October 2004 -- Canon Australia today announced its sponsorship of the independent whitepaper written by Richard Vines and launched at the 2004 conference of the National In-Plant Print and Publishing Association, held in Darwin from 8 to 10 October 2004. The whitepaper identifies how organisations can foster innovation and build strategic advantage by supporting and challenging their internal print departments, called "in-plants".</p>
<p>Richard Vines -- author of the whitepaper titled "An analysis of the effectiveness and value of having a centralised print/copy facility within an organisation" -- applied a rigorous intellectual model to the challenges faced by in-plants in Australia and New Zealand in 2004. He also makes specific recommendations about how these operations can increase their effectiveness and the value they provide to their host organisations.</p>
<p>"The convergence of communications disciplines such as digital printing, web content management and forms and information management is creating new opportunities for in-plants," said Steven Brown, Market Segment Manager, Production and Graphic Arts, Canon Australia.</p>
<p>"Artificially separating an in-plant from the rest of an organisation's communications infrastructure and then asking 'is it part of our core business?' no longer provides useful answers, as integrating communication disciplines including digital printing has the potential to transform the way an organisation conducts its business," said Mr Brown. "While this whitepaper focuses specifically on the in-plant sector, it can also be considered a leading example of critical thinking about rightsourcing. It is our privilege to sponsor research of this calibre and potential impact."</p>
<p>Rightsourcing is the notion that organisations should not automatically favour one sourcing model -- such as insourcing, outsourcing, selective sourcing, single sourcing or offshoring -- over all others. With rightsourcing, organisations instead examine each situation on its merits and then make, put simply, the right decision about how to source each group of services. This whitepaper specifically examines in-plants on their merits and makes a powerful case for insourcing.</p>
<p>Author Richard Vines brought extensive research and consulting experience to the task of preparing this whitepaper, including insights from his three years with the Australian Federal Government's Enhanced Printing Industries Competitiveness Scheme. NIPPA helped Mr Vines to arrange detailed fact-finding interviews with many of its members, while Canon was the project's sponsor.</p>
<p>The whitepaper was released at the National In-Plant Print and Publishing Association's annual conference in Darwin from 8 to 10 October 2004. It is available for download free of charge from</p>
<p>About Canon Australia</p>
<p>Canon Australia ( was established in Australia in 1978 and is a subsidiary of the US$29.9 billion Canon Inc. group. The company is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions with a comprehensive product line that includes: networked multifunction devices, digital and analogue copiers (colour and black &amp; white), printers, scanners, video conferencing, image filing systems, fax machines, camcorders, cameras and lenses. Canon Australia also operates its own lease finance serve, Canon Finance Australia, which facilitates "one stop" shopping for customers wanting to lease or finance their equipment solutions. Canon Inc. is a top patent-holder of imaging technologies with a local R&amp;D centre -- CISRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) -- based in Sydney.</p>
<p>Media contact</p>
<p>Steven Noble</p>
<p>Associate Director, Technology</p>
<p>Hill &amp; Knowlton</p>
<p>02 9286 1238</p>

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