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Xploration® 15 Deemed a Success

The Customer Communications Conference is well received by Attendees

Lutz, FL – April 29, 2015 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced that they deemed Xploration® 15 a success. Xploration® 15 was held in Orlando, Florida April 14-16, 2015.

The event featured over 60 educational sessions in addition to the general sessions and vendor forum. The vendor forum featured 38 leading-edge providers of document technology products and services. The conference also included daily networking events, two keynote speakers, the second annual Customer Engagement Program and pre-conference programs provided by Madison Advisors and PrintMediaCentr.

For 2015, the conference Education Committee once again focused on user experiences as part of the agenda, resulting in more end user presentations that featured real world experience and best practices.

“We are extremely pleased with the results of the 2015 event. We made many changes based on recommendations from our 2014 attendees that were well received.” said Skip Henk, EDP, President and CEO of Xplor. “Next week we start planning Xploration® 16. which will once again take place in the March-April timeframe. Additional details will be announced in the upcoming weeks.”

Although attendance was on par with the 2014 event, first time and international attendance rose. Approximately 38% of Xploration® 15 attendees were first-timers and 18% of attendees came from outside of the United States. International attendance included delegates from Columbia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Mexico, Netherlands, and Sweden.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a worldwide, not-for-profit professional association that consists of thousands of users and suppliers of the products and services that create, modify and deliver customized information using a wide variety of document technologies. The association provides educational products and programs for its members and the industry at large through conferences, meetings and annual events. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Connect with Xplor on Facebook  or Twitter.

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk, EDA
Marketing Coordinator
Chad@xplor.org
+1-813-949-6171

Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award and Xplorer of the Year Presented at Xploration® 15

Lutz, FL — April 21, 2015: Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today named the recipients of the Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award and Xplorer of the Year. The two Xplor awards recognize individual contributions to the association and the industry in general. Both awards were presented at Xplor’s Annual Conference, Xploration® 15, on Tuesday, April 14.

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The Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2007 and is given to an individual whose efforts and contributions have significantly changed the course and development of the digital document industry. This award is open to Xplor International members as well as non-members.

This year’s Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award goes to two recipients, both very different in terms of their accomplishments and contributions to the industry:

Malcolm Keif, PHD is Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Printed Electronics & Functional Imaging program at Cal Poly State University Graphic Communication Department and Denise Miano, EDP, is President, CTO, and Founder of NEPS LLC.

“I am honored to present the Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award to these two outstanding individuals” says Skip Henk, President & CEO of Xplor International. “Both have provided unique contributions to the industry which if expounded upon would necessitate a small book.”

The Xplorer of the Year Award is one of the association’s most prestigious recognitions. It honors an individual’s outstanding service to the Association, dedication to the Xplor mission and notable achievements promoting the interest of the electronic document systems industry. Only current members of Xplor International, who are not on the Association Board of Directors, are eligible.

This year’s Xplorer of the Year is Roberta McKee-Jackson, EDP. “Roberta has been involved with Xplor since 1984 and has been involved both as a staff member and for many years as a volunteer” says Skip Henk, EDP, Xplor’s President and CEO, “Her contribution to the association over the years have been responsible for the success and expansion of many Xplor programs.”

Other Xplor annual awards, recognized and announced at Xploration® 15 include:

Application of the Year Award
Winner: Crawford Technologies and the City of Glendale
Honorable Mentions: BlueToad Inc and Canon Solutions America

Technology Application Award
Winner: GMC Software Technology
Honorable Mentions: Ultimate TechnoGraphics/Ultimate Bindery and AccuZIP/LIVINGMAIL

Chairman’s Award
Winner: The Xplor International Staff


 

About Xplor International
Xplor International is a worldwide, not-for-profit professional association that consists of thousands of users and suppliers of the products and services that create, modify and deliver customized information using a wide variety of document technologies. The association provides educational products and programs for its members and the industry at large through conferences, meetings and annual events. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

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Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk, EDA
Marketing Coordinator
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

Xplor Announces 2015 Technology and Application Award Recipients

Award Recipients to Be Recognized in Orlando at Xploration® 15

Lutz, FL — March 25, 2015 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced the recipients of its 2015 Technology and Application of the Year Awards. The awards will be presented at a ceremony Tuesday, April 14, 2015, during the Xploration® 15 event at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando, Florida.

Tweet this: #Xplor15 Tech & App Award Winners: @CrawfordTechInc @gmc_net @BlueToadinc @Canon_Solutions @accuzip @PrintImposition http://ow.ly/KGOex

Application of the Year Award:
The Application of the Year Award is presented to an individual, a company or an organization to recognize outstanding achievement in the imaginative application of current technology and/or unique implementation of existing document and communication systems. This award is open to members and non-members.

Xplor will award two honorable mentions in addition to the 2015 winner.

  • The 2nd Honorable Mention is being awarded to Bluetoad, Inc., an Orlando based digital publishing software company, for utilizing their digital publishing platform that assists the healthcare industry in delivering personalized digital editions of customer-facing documents.
  • The 1st Honorable Mention is being awarded to Canon Solutions America’s published “Designers’ Guide to Inkjet”. The guide is a comprehensive resource for agency and in-house designers that provides guiding principles, best practices, and real-world recommendations related to the exciting world of inkjet.

The winner of the 2015 Xplor Application of the Year is the City of Glendale and Crawford Technologies. Utilizing Crawford’s RIPTIDE product, the City of Glendale was able to automate the distribution and output management of case files stored in the repository.

In the words of the Glendale city government project manager, “the RIPTIDE solution made all the difference, changing ‘days and hours’ of work into ‘minutes and seconds’” as the tasks of copying, collation, and hand stamping were eliminated. One of the key results was that staff was able to be reallocated to more productive tasks. 

Technology of the Year Award:
The Technology of the Year Award honors an individual, company or organization that has conceived and developed an original concept leading to a significant advancement in the industry.  This can be a new program, product, or technology that notably enhances the capabilities of document and communication systems.

Like the Application of the Year award, Xplor will present two honorable mentions, in addition to the winner of the award, due to the large number of submissions.

  • The 2nd Honorable Mention for the Technology of the Year Award is being awarded to Ultimate TechnoGraphics/Ultimate Bindery. Ultimate Bindery provides a unique and new value to document production with software dedicated to bridging the gap between prepress and printing processes with the final stage of production.
  • The 1st Honorable Mention for the Xplor Technology of the year award is being awarded to AccuZIP/LIVINGMAIL. LIVINGMAIL allows mailers to send automatic voice messages, texts, and/or e-mails to the mail recipients with customizable scheduling. All of these communications are triggered off of an IMb and/or QR code on the mail piece.

The winner of the 2015 Xplor Technology of the Year is being awarded to GMC Software Technology for their Inspire Dynamic Communications. Inspire Dynamic Communication enables the creation of immersive, digital customer statements that deliver intuitive and attractive charts, graphs and other graphical representations of customer financial information.

Inspire Dynamic Communications fully addresses the rapidly-growing demand for relevant information while on the go, delivering optimized and abbreviated experiences based on user context.

“Once again the Awards Committee had the difficult task of selecting the companies and individuals to be recognized as each submission represented compelling technologies and their use.” said Skip Henk, EDP, President and CEO of Xplor International. “We thank everyone who submitted a nomination as well as the efforts and commitment of the Awards Committee.”

Xplor International will also be announcing the recipients of the Xplorer of the Year and Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement awards at Xploration® 15 on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

About Xplor International
Xplor International is a worldwide, not-for-profit professional association that consists of thousands of users and suppliers of the products and services that create, modify and deliver customized information using a wide variety of document technologies. The association provides educational products and programs for its members and the industry at large through conferences, meetings and annual events. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. 

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:

Chad Henk, EDA
Marketing Coordinator
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

Xploration® 15 Expands Vendor Forum Participants

Thirteen New Companies Join Xploration Vendor Forum

Lutz, FLMarch 18, 2015 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced the addition of thirteen new participating companies as part of the Xploration® 15 Vendor Forum. Xploration® 15 is being held April 14-16, 2015 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive.

The Xploration vendor forum has sold out the last four years and currently has only one remaining booth available.

Joining Xploration for the first time in 2015:

  • 360 Advanced
  • Accuzip, Inc.
  • BCC Software
  • B.L. Fletcher & Associates
  • Business Forms Management Assoc.
  • BlueToad
  • Ecrion
  • Indellient, Inc.
  • Level One
  • PDF Associations
  • Satori Software
  • Ultimate TechnoGraphics

“The electronic document and customer communication industry continues to change, driving the need for Xplor to expose our members and the industry to the latest in technology and best practices”, said Skip Henk, EDP, President and CEO of Xplor International. “Our new Vendor Forum participants support Xplor’s expansion of our document and educational space and represent a broad and expanding offering of products and services.”

Returning to the Xploration Vendor Forum:

  • Bell and Howell
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
  • Canon Solutions America, Inc.
  • Crawford Technologies
  • Doxee
  • Eclipse Corporation
  • Essociates Group, Inc.
  • FIS
  • GMC Software Technology
  • HP
  • ISIS Papyrus
  • Mail-Gard
  • MPI Tech
  • Neopost USA
  • NEPS, LLC
  • Oracle
  • Prinova
  • RenderX
  • Ricoh Americas Corporation
  • Riso, Inc.
  • Sefas
  • Solimar Systems, Inc.
  • Transformations
  • Xerox Corporation

Registration to the three-day event (April 14-16) includes access to all 60+ educational sessions, panels, keynotes, general sessions, and daily networking events that include two lunches and a breakfast on Thursday.

For more information, or to register to Xploration 15, please visit the conference website: www.cvent.com/d/l4qklv

Vendors interested in sponsoring or exhibitor should contact Xplor’s Director of Sales, Deborah Green at +1-770-444-3845 or deborahgreen1@earthlink.net.

About Xplor International
Xplor International is a worldwide, not-for-profit professional association that consists of thousands of users and suppliers of the products and services that create, modify and deliver customized information using a wide variety of document technologies. The association provides educational products and programs for its members and the industry at large through conferences, meetings and annual events. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk, EDA
Marketing Coordinator
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

HP Exstream Takes Customer Communication Management to 11!

Guest post by Deborah Corn

I can’t resist a Spinal Tap reference, and in this case it’s easy to work in. I was hanging out in the HP High Speed Inkjet area at DscoopX last week and Heather Oliver from HP Exstream was just a few feet away manning their demo station. I was able to catch her in a brief moment between customer and attendee visits, and she was kind enough to talk to me about HP Exstream and the upcoming Xploration 15 Conference. I had no idea this software did all that it does – like spell check MEDICAL and LEGAL terms, and now with the launch of Empower customer communications can be managed online, and by a group of people!!! So actually, maybe this product goes to 12!

Check out the Xploration 15 Pre-Conference Workshop I am presenting with Trish Witkowski from Fold factory and Joanne Gore from Avanti on April 13th: Rescue Your Printshop’s ROI… Online Strategies For Offline Success

See you in Orlando!