Old Data, New Documents: Two Solutions, One Answer

In with Old, Out with New: Ways to Create Printing Innovation, Part 1 of 2

  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • July 07, 2014

When you think about technology advances, you usually picture the latest hardware, interfaces and protocols. However, with so much history and information tied up as legacy data on mainframes, sometimes the most valuable advances come with being able to take that old data and send it where it needs to be output today. At Rochester Software Associates (RSA), we've combined our M.I.S. Print data transformation software with our output management solution, QDirect for clients facing output and workflow challenges. In part one of this series, we'll show you how a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has benefited. In part two next week, we'll discuss an example with a major insurance firm.

A Department of Motor Vehicles Manages Multiple Inputs & Outputs with Ease
Our client, a Northeastern DMV in the United States, prints tens of thousands of pages each day between registrations, renewals, violations and notices. They were printing directly from their mainframe to a cut-sheet printer, but the department upgraded to new printers that couldn't receive the old data in the same way.

Soon, QDirect and M.I.S. Print running in tandem were able to replace the legacy system, allowing the new printers to connect directly to the department's mainframe. M.I.S. Print transforms the LCDS, DJDE and Metacode data from the mainframe, then QDirect directs that data to either the new or old printers in this multivendor, multi-application environment.

Another key piece of capability was added for the DMV at the same time—they can now print directly to printers plus generate PDFs for archiving, viewing and reprinting purposes. The next scheduled enhancement will add job ticketing to these PDFs so jobs will automatically print on the correct stock (e.g., ID cards on heavy stock, notices on regular stock, etc.) without operator intervention.

Wherever Information Comes from, Wherever It Needs to Go; That's Innovation.
Data can come from the mainframe or network servers and print wherever necessary. Organizations get the advantage of using optimal available resources while retiring unsupported software and equipment. All of this can be managed in a way that drives ease and efficiency.

Have Multiple Printers, Multiple Job Sources or Print Large Volumes?
If you have multiple printers, multiple job sources or print large volumes, watch the QDirect overview to see how to gain control of your print center to get "out with the new and in with the old." And don't forget to stop back next week to learn how a major insurer is innovating their printing.

Don't want to wait?

Contact RSA today to learn more. To read part two click here.


About the Author

Elisha Kasinskas

Elisha Kasinskas is Rochester Software Associates' (RSA) award-winning Marketing Director. She is responsible for all marketing, public relations, social media and communications, and community building for the firm. Ms. Kasinskas joined RSA in 2010. She is a Marketing veteran with over 20 years of experience in sales, product management, and marketing in leading product and service business to business and business to consumer firms, including Pinnacle (Birds Eye) Foods, Global Crossing, Windstream Communications, HSBC, and a number of regional high tech firms. She holds a Rochester Institute of Technology MBA, and a BS in Marketing from Radford University. Ms. Kasinskas is a frequent moderator for industry speaking sessions. She was awarded the 2015 In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) Outstanding contributor award, is a 2015 OutputLinks Women of Distinction inductee, and has secured multiple awards from the American Marketing Association (AMA) for recent work at RSA.

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